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.
Resides in Oklahoma City,OK
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 35 years, turning professional in 1997.
His career teaching achievements:
2011 South Central Section Teacher of the Year
2014, 2016 South Central Section Western Chapter Teacher of the Year
Co-owner and operates Single Plane Golf Schools across the United States, Canada and other countries
Operates schools at 26 different locations with home bases in Phoenix, Orlando and Oklahoma City.
Contributing Author to PGA.com
Contributing Author to South Central Golf Magazine
PGA Member – Since June 2005
Callaway Master Staff Member
Callaway Certified Master Club Fitter
Top 100 Fitter – Callaway – 2015
Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) trained and certified
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.
Resides in Orlando, FL
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.
Blade resides in Edmond, OK after recent multi-year Graves Golf adventures in China and the Gold Coast of Australia.
Blade met Moe Norman in Pinehurst when he was four years old. Moe placed his hands on the club and told him with authority. “Don’t change”. And, he never has. In fact, the only golf-swing he knows is the single plane move. When his golf mentor, Todd Graves, was on the tour, Blade was accustomed to his monthly visits to see his Dad, the sport behaviorist Dr. Ron Cruickshank every month and spent hours every month watching and learning.
Blade is an accomplished athlete, playing collegiate lacrosse for four years under Hall of Fame Coach Tom Carmean, his Senior year as Team Captain. Post-graduation from Guilford College in North Carolina, Blade worked a variety of Coaching jobs serving as Defensive Head-Coach. However, his first love of golf lured him back to the fold and for the last several years he has worked in the International Division of Graves Golf opening up their China and Australia operations. In November of 2017, Blade came to Oklahoma to consolidate Operations and Logistics. In January of 2019 he was named Operations Manager for GGA
Blade is a GGA Master Instructor and coaches at Premier GGA schools when available.
Wes Wilkinson, PGA
Resides in Oklahoma City, OK
As your Training Aid Specialist my job is to answer any questions about the many training aids available at Graves Golf Academy (GGA). I want to make sure you get the training aids you need to improve your single plane golf swing.
I have known Todd and Tim Graves for over 35 years. I have played golf with them and 15 years ago worked for Graves Golf Academy by setting up and running junior camps. Because of that experience, their simple and easy system is integrated into my teaching philosophy and teaching practices.
Tim Graves and I went through PGA school together where we were both successful in becoming PGA members.
Through my career I have worked in the golf business as an assistant golf professional, a teaching professional, a director of golf, a Callaway Tech Rep, and an instructor at The University of Central Oklahoma in the PGA Golf Management Program.
I am excited to be back with Graves Golf Academy as the Training Aid Specialist. I look forward to helping you learn your new and more reliable single plane golf swing.
Here’s how to contact Wes with questions and comments about any GGA Training Aid: email – WesW@moenormangolf.com or 866-377-2316
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pepe is married to Single Plane Golfer Rita and has two children and three grandchildren.
Introducing our newest member of the GGA Teaching and Club Fitting Staff, James Bell. He comes to us through our home base Golf Club at Rose Creek.
James was born in Goose Bay, Labrador Canada. He grew up living all over the Eastern Canada and joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 1981. Stationed and travelling throughout Canada, Europe and the United States, James retired in 2004 at the rank of Captain, while stationed here in Edmond OK.
In 2001, James obtained his Golf Teaching credentials through the United States Golf Teachers Federation, ultimately becoming a Master Teaching Professional in 2003. Upon his retirement from the CAF, he began his teaching career working at numerous golf facilities in the OKC area. In 2005 he became a tech rep for Callaway Golf working demo days, mastering club fitting techniques and has been certified to fit golf clubs by all major club manufacturers. In 2017 James travelled to Carlsbad CA to become certified as a Master Club Fitter by Callaway Golf.
James resides in Edmond OK with his wife Cindy and two boys Alexander (13) and Christopher (12). When he is not working James is very active with the Boy Scouts of America. He is a past Cubmaster (105 boys), current Scoutmaster (13 Boys), and a mentor to National Youth Leadership Training and the BSA adult Leadership Training – Woodbadge.