The Downs Golf PGA Teaching Professionals






Matt Mitchell is a PGA Class A Professional, with more than 30 years of teaching experience. Among his students at The Downs Golf Practice Facility is LPGA star Brittany Lincicome of Seminole, a U.S. Solheim Cup Team member who has won five tour events, including the 2009 Kraft Nabisco Championship.  For information about instruction from Matt, please click here.






Jon Johnson is a PGA Class A Professional with more than 20 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, site of the Masters, and the Michael Jordan Golf Center in Illinois. He oversees the Tampa Bay Downs' annual Golfest, which the past three years has featured appearances by Annika Sorenstam, David Leadbetter and Brittany Lincicome and is scheduled Feb. 8-9, 2014.  For information about instruction from Jon, please click here.



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 excels in Club Fitting and Club Repair. DiPompo gives private playing lessons, which include range balls and video analysis, and conducts half-day golf schools. His website is For information about instruction from Joey, please click here.