Hometown: Priest River, Idaho
Home Course: The Phoenician Golf Club
Certifications: PGA Class A Professional
, TPI Level 3 Golf Professional
, TPI Level 3 Coach for Juniors
, US Kids Certified Coach
, Flight Scope Certified Professional
, Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Double-Goal Coach
, Certified Titleist Fitter
, Certified True Temper Shaft Fitter
Accolades: 2017-2018 Best Teachers in Arizona, Golf Digest
, 2016 Southwest Section PGA Teacher of the Year
, 2004 Southern Texas Section Harvey Penick Teacher of the Year, Southern Chapter
, US Kids Top 50 Instructor Honorable Mention 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016
, 1988 Pacific Northwest PGA Junior Golf Leader
Years Experience: 38 Years
After earning a golf scholarship to the University of Idaho and working as a club professional for ten years, Michael has dedicated the past 28 years to teaching full time – first as a Master Instructor, then as Director of Instruction and Director of Schools for three Jim McLean Golf Academies. In 1998, he became the first Director of Instruction for Resort Golf Group. Michael was named Director of Schools at the PGA TOUR Golf Academy in Saint Augustine, Florida and in 2002 named Director of Instruction at the prestigious The Academy at La Cantera, located at The Westin La Cantera Resort in San Antonio, Texas. In December of 2006, he was named Director of Instruction at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona, one of the world’s top rated luxury golf resorts – a position Michael still holds today.
Michael Lamanna has worked with teaching legends Jim McLean, Bob Toski and Golf Digest Top 50 Teacher, Tim Mahoney. He has conducted clinics with Hall of Fame members Billy Casper, Ben Crenshaw, Gary Player and Tony Jacklin, and with tour legends Bruce Lietzke, Calvin Peete, Bill Rogers, Dale Douglass and Gay Brewer.
Notable students: Frank Connor, PGA Tour Champions, Jeff Berkshire, PGA Tour Canada, Scott Moore, University of Arizona, Texas State Mid-Amateur Champion, San Antonio City Girls Champion, San Antonio Boys Champion, San Antonio Men's and Senior Men's Champions, San Antonio Women's Champion, Phoenix City Amateur Champion, The Arizona State Men’s Amateur Champion, Montana State Open Champion, Arizona State Boys Champion, Florida State Girls Junior Champion
Philosophy: My teaching philosophy is to keep instruction simple and focused on fundamentals. I begin by listening to the student and help them identify their goals in all areas of the game. Then we begin the process of building a sound swing based on fundamentals and physical abilities. I believe that a golf swing must be improved in a building block fashion. A swing built on sound fundamentals - grip, posture, alignment, ball position and pivot action - is a swing that will perform for a lifetime.