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Todd Graves

Resides in Edmond,OK

Born in Fargo, ND, Todd graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BBA in Management Information Systems.

Todd began playing golf at age 11 when he started working at a local golf course as a “wonder”. A “wonder” position provided kids with an opportunity to work 1 – 2 days per week and play and practice for free.  He began playing competitive golf at age 12.  His greatest achievement in golf as a teen was winning 4 tournaments his senior year of high school.

Todd was a walk on to the team at the University of Oklahoma at the recommendation of Todd Hamilton and David Sheffield, both members of the team at the time.   He was working at a local course and going to school when he saw Todd and David playing a few holes.  Joining them on the back nine, he remembers playing well.  Todd Hamilton asked him what he was doing and he said just working in the bag room.  Todd (Hamilton) was nice enough to talk to the assistant coach at the time to hold a walk-on tournament to give Todd (Graves) a chance at a spot on the team.  He won the tournament by one shot.  Todd Hamilton later confided to Todd that if he wouldn’t have made that putt, they would not have taken any other walk-on.  After a wrist injury that side lined him from competitive play, Todd became the Assistant Coach for the OU team from 1990-1991.

Todd was employed by Natural Golf Corporation as an instructor / tour player from 1994-1998, was a member of the Canadian PGA Tour in 1995, and the Asian Golf Tour in 1991.  He also played in the Hooters and Dakota tours.

When speaking of his achievements in golf, Todd says, “None really matter except I have been fortunate to learn much about myself in all of my golf experiences.  I have also met some great people and traveled the world in the process.  My favorite time was playing in the Colorado Open.  With 3 holes left I was tied for the lead.  I hit the ball O.B. on number 16 which cost me the tournament.  The next week I was playing in the Oklahoma Open and I saw Lance Posey, another player who was at the CO open.  He said that he saw me get to the top of the leader board but then fall off.  He asked what happened.  I said “I hit it O.B. on 16”.  He said “No you mean 15”.  I said “No, I mean 16!”  He then pauses and says “That’s the biggest fairway on the course!”

Todd has been featured in the following videos:

  • “Golf Reform is At Hand” – Natural Golf Production by Peter Fox
  • Moe Norman and Natural Golf – Golf Digest
  • Faults and Fixes – Natural Golf with Ken Martin, Jerry Foltz
  • Driving for Distance – Natural Golf with Ken Martin, Jerry Foltz
  • Moe Norman – The Short Game – Natural Golf with Moe Norman
  • “Lifetime of Better Golf” – Natural Golf with Ken Ellsworth, Peter Fox and Bob Rosburg

In additon, Todd has been featured in the following print articles and editorials:

  • December 1995 Golf Digest – Moe Knows – “You Can Swing Like Moe”
  • Contributed to “Lifetime of Better Golf” Book – 1997
  • Golf for Women Magazine – “What’s this Thing called Natural Golf” November / December 1996
  • South Central Section Magazine – “Natural Wonder” – 1996
  • Natural Golfer Magazine – various issues

Todd currently resides in Edmond, OK, with his dog “Princess”.  Todd’s parents, Don & Cheryl Graves along with brother Tim, sister in law Gerilynne, and nephew Triston reside in Oklahoma City.  Todd’s girlfriend, Tracy Bielich, also resides in Edmond.

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Tim Graves

Resides in Oklahoma City,OK

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Tim Graves, born in Fargo, ND, attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK where he received his Bachelors of Science in Microbiology. He received his Masters degree from the University of Oklahoma in Epidemiology / Biostatistics.

Before founding the Graves Golf Academy with brother Todd in 2000, Tim worked as an Epidemiologist for the State of Oklahoma for 10 years.

Tim has been playing competitive golf for over 25 years, turning professional in 1997.  His career achievements:
  • 2011 South Central PGA Section Professional National Championship (PNC) Champion
  • 2009, 2010 South Central PGA Junior/Senior Team Champion 
  • 2009, 2010, 2011 South Central Section PGA Player of Year Runner Up
  • 2004, 2009 South Central PGA Team Champion
  • 2008, 2010, 2011 SCS PGA Western Chapter Champion
  • 2003, 2005 and 2010 South Central PGA Section Match Play Champion
  • 2009 PGA Professional National Championship – Top 20
  • 2004 PGA National PGA assistants tournament (Taylor Made National Asst. Championship) – Top 50 finish
  • Jordan Cup (Assistant Professionals) member in 2002, 2003 & 2004
  • Hooter’s tour in 1998 & 2000
  • Two tournament victories on the Dakota Tour
  • Featured in South Central Golf Magazine in 1998 in an article titled “Work Works Wonders”
  • 1993, 1996 & 1997 Oklahoma “Player of the Year”
  • Top 100 Titleist / Golfweek Amateur in 1994
  • 3-time USGA Championship Qualifier
  • 7-time Oklahoma Golf Association Amateur Champion
  • Over 150 tournament victories
  • 8 Competitive Course Records

* PGA Member – June 2005

* Titleist Staff Member

* Titleist PGA PGM Apprenticeship Scholarship Recipient 2005

* Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) trained 2009

* PGA.com contributing Author

* PGA President’s Council on Growing the Game of Golf Member since 2005

Tim currently resides in Oklahoma City, OK with his wife of 21 years and son Triston (17) and family dog Blackie

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Scott Renfrow

Resides in Edmond, OK

Born and raised in Anadarko, OK, Scott has played golf recreationally from age 17. After graduating as class Valedictorian, Scott attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK for 2 years before joing the U.S. Army.

Before joining the Graves Golf Academy “officially” in January of 2004, Scott dabbled in many career fields, including financial services, banking, sales and marketing.  Immediately before becoming a member of the Graves’ team, Scott worked as a full-time Youth Minister at his home church for 3 years.

Scott is Director of Instructional Programs for GGA, as well as a Master Instructor.

Scott currently resides in Edmond, OK with his lovely wife Lisa and their son Nathan.

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Trent White, PGA

Resides in Oklahoma City, OK

Trent Grew up in Cameron Missouri and began playing golf at a very young age. He attended the University of Central Oklahoma where he received his degree in business administration.

Trent has been a member of the Graves Golf Academy Staff since May of 2010 and a PGA member since December of 2012.

  • PGA Member
  • GGA Master Instruction
  • Professional Golf Management Program, 2009-2012
  • Director of GGA Coaching Program
  • Selected for the PGA National Leadership Conference, 2010
  • Assistant instructor for beginning golf at UCO, 2009
  • Represented UCO at the CONE Cup, 2008 and 2009
  • Represented UCO at PGA Jones Cup, 2008
  • Passed PGA Player’s Ability Test, July 2008
  • All Conference Golfer, 2007and 2008
  • District Individual Champion, 2008
  • All District Golfer, 2007 and 2008
  • Golf State Qualifier, 2007 and 2008
  • Varsity Golf Letterman, 2005-2008
  • Cameron, Missouri, Junior Golf Champion, 2006, 2007
  • St. Joseph, Missouri, Junior Golf Champion, 2007

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Chandler Rusk

Resides in Edmond, OK

Chandler started playing golf at age 11, and quickly become a very good young golfer.

He was part of 4 Oklahoma Class 6A State Champion golf teams at Edmond North High school.  He was the 2009 Edmond Golfer of the Year, and after achieving a top 30 National Jr. Golfer ranking, we began being recruited by many universities.  Chandler decided to attend Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX out of high school, and then transferred to Wichita State for his final two years.  Chandler had a great final year at Wichita State, placing in the Top 20 in all that springs’ tournaments, and winning the Missouri Valley Conference Individual title in a playoff.
Other golf related accomplishments include:

• 4-time Oklahoma Class 6A champion
• Missouri Valley Conference Individual medalist – 2014
• All – State and All – Conference Golfer
• Valero Texas Jr. Shootout Champion

Chandler joined the GGA team in May of 2014 and has quickly become one of the most skilled instructors on the team.  In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Chandler also is a GGA Video Coach, and still works to perfect his Single Plane swing on a daily basis.

 

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Clay Farnsworth

Resides in Orlando, FL

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Clay was born in Decatur, Illinois. He spent most of his adult life in Michigan, where he worked for General Motors for 34-years, until taking an early retirement in 2005.

He earned a BS in Secondary Education from Michigan State University and an MBA from Central Michigan University.

Clay enrolled in the PGA-PGM program immediately after his retirement, and in less than two years he completed the requirements to become a PGA member.

Other golf related accomplishments include:

• PGA President’s Council on “Growing the Game of Golf”
• Titleist Scholarship award winner
• Clarke County High School Golf Coach
• Club Champion Flint Elks 1988,89,91

Clay met Todd and Tim Graves while attending a “Build Your Game Camp”. He quickly thought the Graves Golf Academy instructors knew how to do things the right way. Clay experienced dramatic improvement with his own swing using the single plane approach, and believes it is the simplest way to strike a golf ball. Since that time he has enjoyed working alongside Tim and Todd at golf schools at various sites throughout the US since 2007.

Clay is a PGA member and Master Instructor with the Graves Golf Academies. He is the Director of Instruction at the Golf Tour Trailer and Studio located just outside Warrenton, VA. This facility is open year round and has an indoor studio for inclement weather.
He resides in Orlando, FL with his wife, Karen.

Shannon Friday

Shannon Friday, PGA

Resides in Edmond, OK

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Shannon Friday grew up in Guthrie, Oklahoma. He then graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a degree in Business Administration.

Prior to coming to work for the Graves Golf Schools, Shannon was the Head Golf Professional at the two largest and busiest golf courses in Oklahoma, which both happen to be in Oklahoma City. While being in the golf industry for 19+ years, he has spent time at both public and private courses.

Playing Accomplishments:

  • 2015 South Central PGA Section Professional National Championship (PNC) Champion
  • 2001 South Central PGA Section Assistant Association Champion
  • 1995 NAIA Intercollegiate Conference Champion
  • 1995 NAIA District 9 Champion
  • 1994 Texas Intercollegiate Championship Champion
  • 1994 Southwest Kansas Invitational Champion
  • 1992 Oklahoma 4A State Champion
  • 1991 Oklahoma Junior Amateur Champion

Certifications & Awards:

  • PGA Member since February 2005
  • AimPoint Certified Instuctor- Level 1
  • Master Club Fitter- Callaway, Ping, Titleist and Taylor Made
  • Master Putter Fitter- Edel Golf
  • PGA President’s Council on Growing the Game of Golf- 10+ years
  • 2015- Western Oklahoma Chapter, Merchandiser of the Year- Public
  • 2013, 2014- Western Oklahoma Chapter, Teacher of the Year

Shannon lives in Edmond, Oklahoma with his wife Kristin.

Pepe Sigal

Partner

Resides in Los Angeles, CA

Born in Mexico City in 1950, Pepe moved to the United States in 1983.   Pepe has an extreme passion for playing the game of golf – with many accomplishments including becoming a scratch golfer at an early age.

GGA Partner

Pepe became an integral part of The Graves Golf Academy as a partner in 2011 with the organization of the purchase of the Natural Golf Company.  Pepe is now an important part of the growth and expansion of Graves Golf and the Single Plane Swing throughout the world.

Golf Associations

Pepe is a member of Brentwood Country Club in Southern California,, Hualalai (Hawaii), Kukio (Hawaii), Hokulia (Hawaii) and Club de Golf Bellavista (Mexico). Served as a board member in three different country clubs.

Business

Pepe owns and operates J.S. Signet, Inc., a family owned real estate company emphasizing commercial properties.  Pepe is also affiliated with numerous charitable organizations including ORT.

Personal

Pepe is married to Single Plane Golfer Rita and has two children and three grandchildren.