The Downs Golf PGA Teaching Professionals
Jon Johnson is a PGA Class A Professional with more than 35 years of experience in the golf community. He has been the Manager of The Downs Golf Practice Facility since it opened in March of 2003. Johnson is a former assistant professional at Augusta National in Georgia, home of the Masters, and the Michael Jordan Golf Center in Illinois. A past president of the West Central Chapter of the North Florida PGA, and 2013 Chapter Professional of the Year and North Florida Section Player Development Award-winner, Johnson oversees Tampa Bay Downs' annual two-day Golfest event, which has featured appearances by Annika Sorenstam, David Leadbetter, Brittany Lincicome and Cy Young Award-winning baseball pitcher David Price. The 2016 Golfest is scheduled Feb. 6-7.
Matt Mitchell is a PGA Class A Professional, with more than 30 years of teaching experience. He was the North Florida PGA Section Teacher of the Year for 2012, is a three-time West Central Chapter Player of the Year (2008, '10 and '12) and has been honored as a Top-50 Instructor by Golf Range Magazine. Among Mitchell's students at The Downs Golf Practice Facility is LPGA star Brittany Lincicome of Seminole, a four-time U.S. Solheim Cup Team member who has won six tour events, including the 2009 Kraft Nabisco Championship and the 2015 ANA Inspiration, and almost $7-million in career earnings.
Assistant Manager Joey DiPompo is the Assistant Teaching Professional at the Matt Mitchell Golf Academy. He graduated from Professional Golfers Career College in 2010 with a degree in Professional Golf Management. He is a US Kids Golf Certified Instructor. He excels in Club Fitting and Club Repair. Joey gives private playing lessons, which include range balls and video analysis, and conducts half-day golf schools. Joey also conducts the Saturday clinic at the range as well as Junior Summer Camps.
Look for Joey DiPompo on the web at www.JoeyDiPompoGolf.com.
The Downs Golf Practice Facility offers professional instruction for adults and juniors at all skill levels. Private instruction and personalized corporate events are also available. Whether it is a group clinic or one-on-one instruction, The Downs Golf Pros will help improve your game.
Beginning in November, we offer Junior Clinics on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m.—noon, for boys and girls ages 6-14.
Price is $25 per clinic. Each session covers all aspects of the game for beginner and intermediate levels (minimum of three participants).
Please call the Pro Shop at 813-854-4946 to register. Registration is REQUIRED.
Private and Event Instruction
Please contact us at 813-854-4946 for an appointment so we can discuss your target goals.