Meet Our Team
COREY BADGER – PGA DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTION
Corey began his golf career at Bonneville Golf Course in Salt Lake City in 1991. A 1998 graduate of the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Corey was a member of the Utes golf team. Shortly after graduation, he turned professional and became the 2nd Assistant Professional at Bonneville Golf Course, and later the 1st Assistant Professional at Mountain Dell Golf Course.
In 2005 Corey was elected to the PGA of America as a PGA Class A Member. Corey joined Golf Lab shortly after it’s inception in 2006. Throughout his career he has given more than 15,000 lessons to all ages and skill levels. Some of his students include the UJGA Girl’s and Boy’s Player of the Year; High School Girl’s and Boy’s All-State Team Members; NCAA Division I, II, and III players; Utah Men’s and Women’s State Amateur Champions; as well as local, mini-tour, and Canadian Tour Professionals.
Since he began teaching full time at Golf Lab, Corey has received a number of awards and accolades, including:
- 2017-’18 Golf Digest “Best Teachers in Your State” (No. 1 in Utah)
- 2015, 2011 & 2007 Utah Section PGA Teacher of the Year
- 2010-2015 Golf Digest “Best Young Teachers in America”
- 2009 Golf Digest “Top 20 Teachers Under 40”
“No two swings are alike. Due to the differences in mental and physical make-up, every swing has its own fingerprint. I believe the golf swing should be based on motion, NOT position. My goal as a coach is to train players to understand their motion and how to aim it to the target. Target awareness should be present from the pre-shot routine to the setup and through the finish of the swing. This will allow the player to play with their senses rather than thought. To accomplish this, I educate my students on the learning process—understanding cause and effect in the golf swing, proper practice and how transfer what they have worked on to the golf course.”
TOMMY SHARP – PGA
Tommy graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and was a member of the Rams golf team. He was a four-time Academic All-Mountain West Conference Selection and a Golf Coaches Association of America Academic All-American in 2002. Tommy was coached by Jamie Bermel, one of the nation’s premier college golf coaches.
Following graduation, Tommy moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., where he worked as an Assistant/Teaching Professional for Troon Golf at The Phoenician Resort. In 2007, Tommy moved back to Salt Lake City to complete his MBA at the University of Utah. Tommy was elected a PGA Class A Member in 2013 and throughout his career has taught more than 4,000 lessons. Tommy had the privilege of being taught throughout his childhood by Utah Golf Hall of Fame Member, Jimmy Thompson.
Tommy comes to Golf Lab as an accomplished player with the following highlights:
- 2018-2019 Golf Digest “Best Young Teachers in America”
- 2017 Utah Section PGA Teacher of the Year
- 2016 and 2017 Utah Section PGA Player of the Year
- Competed in 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol
- Competed in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 PGA Professional Championship
- Winner of the 2003 Utah State Amateur
“I believe for a player to play their best, they must have an understanding of cause and effect of their ball flight. For a player to be successful, they must understand their swing tendencies, recognize that they are occurring based on their ball flight, and know what they must do to correct them. Once a player understands their swing and the resulting shots that it produces, they must learn how to practice for effective transfer to the course.”