Meet Our Instructors

Derek Highley

PGA Member

  • “Class A” Member of PGA of America
  • Degree in Human Kinetics – Honours Movement Science
  • TPI Certified (Titleist Performance Institute)
  • Over 1,200 Lessons Annually
  • Extensive Experience with Video
  • Worked as a Club Professional in Boston, Raleigh and Tampa
Canadian Fade Golf Academy - Derek Highley

Derek is a Class A Member of the PGA of America.   Following graduation from the University of Windsor where he earned an honours degree from the faculty of Human Kinetics with a focus on Movement Science, Derek moved to Florida to attend school at the Golf Academy of the South in Orlando.

Derek has worked and taught as an Assistant Professional at Blue Hill Country Club in Boston MA, Governors Club in Chapel Hill NC and Brier Creek in Raleigh NC before returning to Florida as the Head Professional at Hernando Oaks Golf & CC north of Tampa.  Building on his passion for teaching and helping players all all ability levels improve their golf games, Derek left the country club side of the golf business and joined the team at GolfTec Tampa in order to teach full time.

With over 20 years of teaching, Derek has extensive experience with Launch Monitor technology and Video Analysis and uses his expertise to simplify concepts and help students focus on building skill and not get bogged down and confused with technique.

Todd O’Reilly

(Todd has returned to Ireland for the time being and will not be available in 2022)

PGA of Canada

  • “Class A” Member of PGA of Canada
  • Club Professional, Westport Golf Club – Ireland
  • Associate Professional, Capilano Golf & CC and Fairmont Banff Springs GC
Canadian Fade Golf Academy - Todd O'Reilly

Todd is a Class A Member of the PGA of Canada since 2002. He was introduced to the game in St. Marys as a teenager working at the local golf club and has been hooked ever since. He apprenticed at Capilano Golf & CC and the Fairmont Banff Springs GC and has worked in a variety of roles since. Most recently, he was the Club Professional at Westport Golf Club in Ireland for the last 10 years and has returned to Canada to dedicate his vocation to teaching and coaching. His time between work was spent learning the game by playing golf, observing other golfers, reading many instructional books and attending numerous lectures by David Leadbetter, Stan Utley, Jim Hardy, Dr. Jim Suttie and Padraig Harrington.

Todd enjoys teaching and coaching players of all abilities from juniors and beginners to the accomplished player. His teaching style is student centered and based on matching compatible fundamentals unique to the individual versus teaching one method to all golfers to create a repeatable golf swing. Todd is a great believer in continuous learning and that golf is a metaphor for life. You have to experience it to learn. His positive and engaging personality enables him to build strong communication with his students helping them to improve their golf skills and enjoyment of the game. His motto is “Golf is meant to be enjoyed, not struggled with.