Meet The Graves Golf Academy Staff:

 

Todd Graves | Oklahoma City, 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.

 

 
 
Tim Graves | 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.
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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 20 years, turning professional in 1997.  His career achievements:

  • 2006 PGA Professionals Championship - Top 50
  • 2005 South Central PGA Section Match Play Champion
  • 2004 PGA National PGA assistants tournament (Taylor Made National Asst. Championship) - Top 50 finish
  • 2004 South Central PGA Section Team Champion
  • 2003 South Central PGA Section Match Play Champion
  • Jordan Cup 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 Champion
  • Over 100 tournament victories
  • 7 Competitive Course Records
Tim is a Natural Golf Certified Instructor and is a PGA member-June 2005.

Tim currently resides in Oklahoma City, OK with his wife of 15 years and son Triston (7), 2 dogs (Putter & Peds), 2 guinea pigs, fish and other assorted pets.
 
 
Scott Renfrow | Weatherford, TX
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 currently resides in Weatherford, TX with his lovely wife of 10 years Lisa and their 5 year old son, Nathan.

 
 
Dave Predzin | Gainesville,VA
Dave is a lifelong resident of Northern Virginia. He holds an Associate degree in Police Science and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.

Serving with distinction in a number of capacities, Dave retired at the rank of First Sergeant after 25 years with the Prince William County Police Department.  Dave has over 25 years of combined teaching experience in a wide range of disciplines.  Dave has extensive experience and has earned several certifications as a physical fitness specialist.  During his police career Dave designed and coordinated the physical fitness training programs and requirements for new officers as well as the SWAT Team.

Dave played high school golf but became frustrated with his lack of progress.  He drifted away from the game for many years.  When he returned to the game he discovered an easier way to play - the single plane swing of Moe Norman and sought out instruction from Tim and Todd.  Dave knew he was on to a better, simpler way to play golf, and discovered what he wanted to pursue as his second career.  Dave has taught with the Graves Golf Academy since 2002 at schools and camps throughout the U.S.

Dave is a PGA Professional and a Master Instructor with the Graves Golf Academy.  He’s a certified Golf Fitness Instructor and is featured in our latest instructional video - Flexibility and Exercises for Moe Norman’s Single Plane Swing.  Dave has his own teaching center in Bristow, VA, giving over 1000 lessons annually to students of all levels of ability.
 
 
Mick Benson | Lambertville,NJ
Prior to turning his attention to a full time, professional golf instructor, Mick worked in the field of Physical Therapy where he deepened his passion for helping others.

Mick has been teaching the simple, single plane swing of Moe Norman as a certified instructor in the Northeast since 1995.

Mick was educated in the physical sciences (biology, anatomy & physiology, kinesiology & physics), psychology and human behavior at Raritan Valley Jr. College and the College of New Jersey.

He was 1 of 2 instructors chosen to teach with The Graves Golf Academy and has been a Graves Golf Regional Instructor since 2000.  Mick has also mentored under one of golf’s top instructors (Chuck Hogan).  In addition, Mick is trained in the utilization of 3-D motion analysis and offers it in his instruction.

His greatest reward from golf – playing with my Dad & Brother and helping other golfer’s get what they want from golf.

Mick was born in Doylestown, PA and currently resides in Lambertville, NJ with his wife Heidi.
 
 
Clay Farnsworth | Winchester,VA
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.
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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 through Dave Predzin, another GGA instructor, and attended a “Build Your Game Camp”.  He quickly thought the Graves Golf Academies 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 best way to strike a golf ball.

Clay is a golf instructor at Dave Predzin's Golf Improvement Center, located at the Broad Run Golf and Practice Facility, in Manassas, VA.

He resides in Winchester, Virginia with his wife, Karen, in a 220-year-old farm house.
 
 
Jared Conatser | Oklahoma City,OK
Born in Muncie, Indiana, Jared now resided in Oklahoma City, Ok.

Jared graduated from Ball State University with a History degree, and has enjoyed golf recreationally for many years.

As a member of the GGA staff in 2003 & 2004, Jared served as a school manager and instructor.  Since returning to the staff in the fall of 2008, Jared currently serves as the School Manager, Instructor, and Internet Golf Academy Manager.