Thursday, November 09, 2006
San Antonio's Loss is Scottsdale's Gain
Michael Lamanna, director of The Academy at La Cantera in San Antonio over the past several years, has announced he is leaving the Westin La Cantera Resort to join The Phoenician - another Troon-managed property - in Scottsdale, Ariz.
I've had the pleasure to get to know Lamanna during his time at La Cantera, and it's tough to think of a nicer guy in golf. And that makes him one of the best teachers you'll run across, too. How many golfers are intimidated out of ever taking lessons because they've heard stories about gruff or even rude instructors, teachers who lost patience or expressed frustration when the student wasn't grasping a given concept?
My guess is that Lamanna never once had such a moment with a student. His methods are simple and direct, and the nice-guy part of the equation makes working with Michael a joy.
He will be missed in San Antonio. But if you're ever in Scottsdale, go visit him at The Phoenician, and tell him Bogey sent you.