Sunken Meadow Golf Professionals

Golf Bag with Clubs

Rich Doino, Head Pro

PGA Professional, Instructor
and Club Fitter

Rich Doino is a Long Island native that became a class A PGA Member in 2003. I started my teaching career at the Engineers country club working under the tutelage of Eric Feltman PGA. I was then invited to teach in Greenwich Connecticut, at the Innis Arden Golf Club, there I became the First teaching professional under the tutelage of Gary Murphy PGA. My experiences have allowed me to cultivate my teaching philosophy.

Teaching Philosophy

In my eyes, each student is a beautiful blank canvas.

There are no two golf swings alike. The way I teach is

to adapt the students physical and mental capacities

and roll them into a beautiful and functional golf

swing. Many people have flaws in their swing that

can be rebuilt and perfected. With advanced

technology students are assessed an immediate a

plan is put in to action. Homework is given to each

student to reinforce muscle memory along with

knowledge and understanding of the golf swing. I also teach students how “To Play” golf. Playing golf is

often overlooked because being able to swing a

golf club well does not necessarily make you a better golfer. Once you enter the realm of working on your

swing and your game the possibilities are endless.

My goal is to make golf fun and enjoyable. After all

it is a game. I look forward to building strong relationships with my students and watch them

become the golfer they want to be 

“Golf Is Hard…..Let’s Make It Fun

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Golf Bag with Clubs

Gene Protz 

PGA Professional, Instructor

and Club Fitter

Gene grew up in western Canada and graduated from the University  of Alberta with a Chemistry degree. He played college hockey and competed in local as well as provincial golf tournaments.  After moving to the United States, he was introduced to the business of golf which lead to an ongoing study of how to teach and play golf better.  He has been a PGA member since 1986.

He is a long time resident of Long Island where he was employed at high-end north shore golf clubs. In his most recent position he was an equipment salesman and golf instructor at the New York Golf Center in Hicksville. 

He is married with two children and two grandchildren. In off hours he enjoys physical training, cooking, and working on DIY home improvement projects.

Teaching Philosophy

Swinging a golf club is a disciplined athletic

activity that involves making a coil/recoil body

pivot to create a slinging motion of the arms.

For effective ball hitting, you have a stable

center and blend the action of the arms with

the pivot to generate power and timing for the

ball strike.  And finally, you have to learn how to

manage the various clubs as tools to control the

ball flight. To become a better golfer, the goal is

to work out a swing that is repeatable and

functional within your physical limitations.

Understanding what to do is important.

But the key to developing form is to train the

body to move in a specific pattern and sequence.

  And then to use the sensory feedback from that

training to create key feels to build a swing that

works for you.  My job as an instructor is to guide

you in a program that will enhance your natural

physical ability as you develop your golf playing


"I enjoy club fitting too and have been fitting for

many years."

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Golf Bag with Clubs

Harvey Lannak

PGA Professional, Instructor

Harvey Lannak has been teaching golf for nearly 50 years. He has been a golf professional at Island Hills Golf Club in Sayville, Long Island and Head Professional & Director of Instruction at Westchester Country Club in Rye, NY. 

Harvey was invited by the PGA of America to present a teaching program, "Brining your game from the practice area to the golf course", at the Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL in 2011.

US Kids Master Instructor

2010 Met PGA Teacher of the Year

1992 Suffolk County Golf Coaches

"Man of the Year"