The Arizona Biltmore GC
My Career in golf spans five decades. My determination and ability to set clear goals are qualities that helped me achieve success both as a player and now as a teacher. My first LPGA win came in 1990 at the Jamie Farr Toledo Championship. In 1993, I finished second at the Sara Lee Classic losing in a three hole playoff. While I learned from successes, the cuts that I missed, the tears that I shed, and the sleepless nights before championship Sundays are ones that I treasure and that have molded me to become the teacher that I am and want to be in the future and that is the best of all women and men combined. I have trained with the best teachers and sports psychologists that the game has to offer. All of them have influenced my life, my game and more importantly, have influenced my teaching philosophies and techniques. I have experienced both great successes and moments of struggles, both of which have inspired me to become a student of the game. I love to apply what I learn. Every day when I go to the tee, it does not feel like work, because I love what I do. My love of teaching has allowed me to relate to my students , and I am able to teach to their specific needs and goals in a safe and fun environment.
- LPGA Class A Instructor
- LPGA Tour Member
- LPGA Legends Tour Member
- LPGA Central Section President -LPGA Executive Committee Member
- Bio Swing Dynamics Certified
- Smart 2 Move Forceplates Certified - Brand Ambassador
- Trackman Certified Instructor
- Flightscope X3 Certified Instructor - Brand Ambassador
- Foresight Quad Certified Instructor - Brand Ambassador
- US KIDS Master Instructor -Fitter
- Ping Certified Fitter
- K-Vest Coach
- V1 Pro Coach
- JC VIdeo
- Bodi Trak
- TPI Certified
- Vision 54 Coach
- GOLF Magazine TOP 100 Teacher
- 2014, 2018 LPGA National Teacher of the Year
- 2014, 2018 LPGA Central Teacher of the Year
- 2017-2020 GOLF DIGEST BEST in State Arizona
- Arizona Golf Association Highest Award- Ed Updegraff Spirit of Golf Award Recipient
- Recipient - US KIDS Top 50 Teacher, 2016, 2017
- Nominated for The Nancy Lopez Achievement Award, 2017
- Nominated for Ellen Griffin Award, 2016, 2017
- Nominated for the Marilynn Smith Central Section Service Award 2016, 2017
- Nominee for the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame, 2016, 2017
- Nominated for GOLF Digest Top 50 Teachers 2017
- Tina Tombs Golf – “Best Small Business Professional Services” in Phoenix, AZ 2015-2017
- Recipient Marilyn Smith LPGA Central Section Service Award, 2015
- Nominated for The Phoenix City Chamber of Commerce Athena Award, 2012
- 3-time Regional PAC 10 All-Conference Team Member, 1983-1985
- Golden Coral Award Recipient, 1985
- Nominated for the Broderick Award, 1984
In 1974 Tina immigrated with her parents and siblings to Bedford, New Hampshire from Montreal, Quebec. This was a hard transition for her but it was during this time she a found her passion for golf.
Tombs’ professional golf career spans decades.
She was ranked Golf Digest Top 10 Amateur and won numerous amateur events. Tina is a two-time NCAA All-American at Arizona State University (1984 and 1985) while completing her BS degree in Physical Education 1985.
Because of her success as a Sun Devil, Tina was inducted into the Sun Devil Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.
During her professional career, Tina won the LPGA Jamie Farr Classic in 1990 and had a career best round of 64 en route to a runner up finish at the Sara Lee Classic. In 1993, Tina was also inducted into the New Hampshire Sports Hall of Fame. Tina toured the world with the LPGA with two daughters, Sarah (31) and Heidi (29). She was an original founder of the LPGA Smucker’s daycare center in the early 1990’s. The daycare center continues to allow women with families to follow their dreams on tour.
Being a member of the LPGA 30 years ago she has trained with the best psychologists, coaches, and instructors the game can offer. In 2001, she decided to take this wealth of knowledge and share it with the community around her. In 2008, she joined the LPGA T&CP Membership and in 2010 she gained her Class A through the fast track Certification process.
Since the beginning of her teaching career, Tina has developed a state of the art educational system at The Arizona Biltmore Golf Club. From the youth to amateurs, women and businessmen to professionals, she has implemented programs for all levels. (See Current Teaching Programs for more information).
In 2012, Tina partnered with Barrows Neurological Institute in Phoenix to host The FORE Barrow Challenge. This team event featured LPGA Seniors and current LPGA tour players to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation (a foundation very close to Tina as she was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 2) of the Barrow Neurological Institute and the Phoenix Crisis Nursery.
Tina resides in Phoenix Arizona with husband Larry Fischer. Her daughters, Sarah and Heidi live in Los Angeles, California and Phoenix, Arizona, respectively.
Tina’s passion for golf and love for life does not start and end on the golf course. Further, she is recognized as a philanthropist within her community and finds time to enjoy life off the golf course with her family and friends.
LPGA T&CP Member 2008-present
Inaugural LPGA Senior Championship – Participant 2017
LPGA Legends Tour Member 2010 - present
LPGA Class A Status – Fast Track
LPGA Tour Member 1988-present
Certified through The Fast Track certification- 2010
Participate and compete in all T&CP National Team and National Championship events. With 5 top 3 finishes in the LPGA TC&P Division Team Championship 2008-2015 and a best finish with a 2nd place finish in the 2015 Senior Division Championship
Legends Tour Honda Cup International World Team Member 2008, 2011
Futures Tour 1985-1987
Collegiate Golf - Arizona State University 1980-1985
Amateur Golf, 1976-1985
Arizona Biltmore Golf Club, LPGA Resident Instructor 2003-present to Director of Instruction- 2009 to present Founder and President of Tina Tombs Golf, LLC 2002- Present
PIMA Country Club, Scottsdale, Arizona, LPGA Resident Instructor, 2001-2003
Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, Arizona, Women’s Head Golf Coach, 2003-2007
Phoenix Country Day School, Phoenix, Arizona, Women’s First Head Golf Coach and Originator of the Program, 2005-2007
Attend numerous LPGA National Summits, Conferences and Section Seminars, Webinars, Attend and host Meet and Greets, 2008-present LPGA tour experience and tour instruction/teacher mentorship 1987-present
Passed PGA PAT Gainesville, Ga. 2014 and passed PGM qualification Spring of 2015
Attended three day Visioin54 Program: October 2015, now participate as a supporting Coach for the 3-day program.
TPI Certification Three Day Seminar, Orlando, Florida January 2016
Attended PGA Teaching and Coaching Summits 2014-2017
Attended GOLF Magazine Top 100 Retreats, 2013-2016
Attended Bio Swing Dynamics Seminars and Certifications 2013-2018. Level 3 Certified