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Gallagher's Canyon Golf Academy Instructors

Gallagher's Canyon Golf Academy Golf Professional Instructor Bios
Ethan Danish, PGA of Canada

Director of Instruction

Ethan's love for golf began in Lethbridge, Alberta playing Paradise Canyon Golf Course where he would play every day after school and twice on weekends or during summer vacation. After completing the golf program at Lethbridge College, Ethan moved to Kelowna to work at the Harvest Golf Club where he spent 2 years, then moving to Two Eagles Golf Course for the following 9 years. During his professional career, Ethan has acquired over 25 professionals wins and met his golf mentor while competing in Australia, who has been crucial to his career by introducing their golf concepts. 

Additionally, Ethan credits his mentor for introducing him to amazing PGA and LPGA tour legends and can say that he is truly confident in his ability to help improve golfer's of any ability. 

The rare times that Ethan is not on the golf course, he can be found either at the gym or watching football. 

Jonathan Garratt, British PGA

Elite Golf Coach
[email protected]

Jonathan has been a qualified British PGA Golf Professional since 2013. After just over two years of competing on the EuroPro Tour in 2008 & 2009 alongside players such as Branden Grace, Scott Jamieson, Andrew “The Beef” Johnson, and Gary Wolstenholme, Jonathan began his PGA degree and finished 10th in the PGA Graduates of the Year Awards

In 2013, Jonathan moved to China where accepted the position of Head Professional at Lantu Golf Academy in Shenzhen. From there, Jonathan opened and ran his own successful golf academy for three years. Since 2018, he has been the Director of Academies and Instruction for the BRG Group in Vietnam.

Now, he is honoured and excited to be the Elite Golf Coach at a Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada host course, Gallagher’s Canyon and can’t wait to bring his experience and knowledge of the game to the Kelowna community.

FUN FACT: Jonathan is a sports fanatic, especially when it comes to football (soccer) and has supported Leicester City his whole life. In 2015/16 his beloved team went on to win the English Premier League with odds of 5,000-1, arguably the world’s greatest underdog story.

Lee Alarie, PGA of Canada

Lee AlarieDirector of Golf | Academy Instructor
[email protected] | 250-215-9671

Lee became a member of the PGA of Canada in 2008 and has been building his golf industry experience over the last 15 years. Lee’s passion for golf started at a very young age in Osoyoos, BC, which led him to the Professional Golf Management program at Camosun College in Victoria. His time at Camosun included developing an appreciation for the golf swing while playing at a competitive level for the Chargers Golf Team. Lee returned home after graduating from Camosun and taught at the Osoyoos Golf Club from 2008-2010, then became the Director of Instruction at the Banff Springs Golf Course for 2 seasons. Wishing for a longer golf season, Lee moved to Vancouver and taught at the McCleery Golf Academy until 2013 when he moved to Kelowna and joined the Gallagher’s team. Lee enjoys spending time outdoors and watching sporting events, and if he wasn’t a Golf Pro, he would be in landscaping.

Jason Jurimae, PGA of Canada

Jason JurimaeGolf Shop Manager | Academy Instructor
[email protected] | 250-979-8742

Jason became a member of the PGA of Canada in 2008, after graduating from the Professional Golf Management Program at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario. Jason’s hometown may be Toronto, but he aspired to move to the west coast upon completion of his college program, and spent three seasons in Jasper at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club. In 2010, he happily made the move to sunny Kelowna and joined the Gallagher’s Canyon team. Jason is an avid player on the Interior PGA and has 2 victories. Jason enjoys teaching all aspects of the game, but loves to focus on impact with all clubs. One of his teaching strategies is to take the student’s worst shot or area of the game and focus on turning it into one of their favorites. One of Jason’s future passport stamps will be to Tahiti, for fun and golf, and at home you would catch him watching sports, Netflix shows or any Adam Sandler movie. Jason can help you turn your Happy Gilmore slap shot into a proper golf swing suitable for any championship course.

Jake Pilon, PGA of Canada

Academy Instructor

Jake started in the golf industry at the young age of 17. Even though be began his junior golf career later than “most”, he caught up quick by breaking 80 during his first summer ever playing. Two years later, Jake turned Professional while working at The Victoria Golf Club before leaving the island to taking the position of Assistant Professional at Sunset Ranch Golf and Country Club in Kelowna. After just over two years at Sunset Ranch, he returned to the island to begin his Sports Management diploma at Camosun College where he competed on their golf team. During his time at Camosun College, Jake worked at Bear Mountain Golf Club. After completing his diploma, he moved back to the Okanagan and began at Gallagher’s Canyon as an Assistant Professional.

Jake has a fun and outgoing personality that he brings to his work and teaching everyday. Although Jake takes his golf seriously, he believes it’s important to have fun while trying to improve your game; he understands that everyone has a unique quality to their swing but feels everyone could benefit from focusing on the “fundamentals”.

Josh Johnston, PGA of Canada

Academy Instructor

Josh Johnston has been at Gallagher’s Canyon since 2014 as the Pinnacle Course Manager. In this role, Josh has had the great privilege of experiencing different aspects of the golf industry.

Josh has played golf from an early age, spending his summers on the course and playing high-level hockey in the winter. During his later years of competitive hockey as the team captain of the Kelowna Chiefs, Josh started to develop a passion for teaching. Here, he began his transition into coaching at the Bantam level.

In 2018, Josh joined the PGA of Canada as an Associate Professional. Currently, Josh works towards his Class ‘A’ status with the PGA of Canada. His teaching background comes from playing hockey and learning from a variety of mentors over the years. Josh looks forward to bringing his coaching aspects that he has learnt over the years into his golf profession.

Lionel Taylor, PGA of Canada

Academy Instructor

Lionel Taylor has been golfing since the age of 3, as his das was the Assistant Professional at The Kelowna Golf and Country Club; his home course until he turned professional in 2019.

As a junior, Lionel played nearly daily and spent all his summers at the course sunrise-sunset playing and practicing. Lionel has a successful junior/amateur career racking up 12 tournament wins and competed in the 2018 Canadian Amateur Championship. Lionel credits all of his success to his mentor, Monte Harris, and hopes to teach golfers with the same passion and pride as his mentor.

Irv Taylor

Academy Instructor
[email protected] | 250-878-8699

Irvin has been a member of the Canadian PGA since 1960 – that means his membership number is only 3 digits!! He was the Head Professional at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club from 1975-1991 so is very familiar to many people in the Okanagan. Many of his students have won local, provincial and national championships which is a testament to his teaching abilities and style. Irv’s proudest achievement is that 23 of his junior members received either half to full ride scholarships to Universities in the United States – what an amazing coaching record! Irv will be instructing both private and group lessons this season at the GBC Academy at Gallagher’s Canyon.