Performance & Training Center

In 2008 Champions Run and Middle Tennessee State University brought to reality a state of the art practice and training center which allows Champions Run to offer its customers the latest technology in game improvement techniques and allows MTSU golfers a facility to keep there skills sharp during the winter months. This allows Champions Run to better serve Middle Tennessee in putting its customers in the right equipment and continue to improve there golf games as well.
Here is a detailed list of what the facility has to offer:
4 ball striking bays with 16 foot roll-up doors to hit balls from indoors onto the driving range.
1 bay has the Explanar-Golf Training System-It is the complete golf training system based around the fundamental principles of the Swing Plane and the biomechanics of the body, promoting the ideal movements required for the golf swing. The explanar turns golf swing theory into feelings, allowing the golfer to focus on executing the shot more effectively.
2 bays are equipped with 3 video cameras with JC video software for video swing analysis, each bay has a 42 inch plasma TV.
A FlightScope launch monitor-It provides the following important data to the golfer:
Club head speed and trajectory
Ball Speed, launch angle, and spin rate
Carry and total distances and angle of descent
Shot Shapes and trends
Grouping of Shots and more
The second level consists of 800 square feet of putting area which is equipped with the SAM (Science and Motion putting software for putting analysis.
SAM (Science and Motion) Putting Lab - allows instructors to graphically capture and analyze golfers’ putting strokes in real time. Using a camera and clip-on sensor, and proprietary software. SAM uses basic mechanics to measure alignment, rotation, path, loft, impact spot, and tempo. This helps instructors identify any faults in both amateur and pro putting strokes. Sam's visual data collection tells the instructor instantly what the students are doing!!

Steve Graham, Golf Director and PGA Teaching Professional

Steve Graham has spent the majority of his life in and around the golf industry. He is the son of a fine amateur player - Martin Graham Jr. - two time winner TGA Senior Amateur Championship and nephew of one of Tennessee's greatest tour players, Lou Graham, winner 1975 United States Open Championship and 3 times Ryder Cup member. Steve first became interested in operating a daily fee facility as he was working at several different courses in high school. Steve played college golf for Middle Tennessee State University and during his college career won the 1990 Tennessee State Amateur Championship and made the all Ohio Valley Conference team in 1989. After graduating he worked for two years as a PGA Assistant Professional at Windtree Golf Course, an 18 hole upper end daily fee golf course.

Starting in 1994 Steve played professional golf for two and a half years on several of the smaller tours in the U.S. Then in 1996 Steve returned to Windtree where his duties included: managing the golf shop, creating work schedules and managing labor costs, accounting on a daily basis, controlling inventory, planning and managing tournaments, coordinating with food and beverage department, teaching golf lessons, to groups and individuals, men, women, and juniors, operating week long junior golf clinic with over 40 participants and repairing golf clubs.

In 1998 Steve went to work for McHenry Metals Golf in their tour promotions department. His responsibilities and accomplishments include establishing personal relationships with tour professionals, making McHenry Metals the number one Driver model on the Senior PGA Tour during the 1999 Season. He also provided player product support by fitting products to the players and building clubs to their specifications. He participated in budget preparations and player contract negotiations and communicated to the McHenry Company on all issues concerning player relations, product performance and club design.

In the fall of 1999 Steve went to work for Bridgestone Sports, USA in the Tour Promotions Department. During the 2000 season Steve worked on the Nation Wide Tour and was responsible for product introduction to Nation Wide tour players and recruiting potential staff members for Bridgestone Sports. Steve was promoted to the US PGA TOUR in 2001 and worked in the same capacity for Bridgestone Sports, but had the added responsibility of more involvement in budgeting and contract negotiations.

Steve went to work for Champions Run Golf Course in the fall of 2002 as the General Manager and Director of Golf. His love for the game, his exposure to great players at an early age, his college and professional playing career, and his years working on the 3 major US Tours have given him a unique understanding of the golf swing and how to teach. Steve has taken several golf lessons in his life from many of the top rated instructors in the world, has played golf with several tour players, and has learned through trial and error on his own how to teach the game of golf. Some of Steve's greatest influences on teaching and playing include: Martin Graham Sr., Martin Graham Jr., Lou Graham, Ron Graham, Harold Eller, Mike Adams, Don Sargent Jr., Bob Torrance, and Padraig Harrington. Steve is a Class A Member of the PGA of America and is a NRGC certified golf instructor.

Ray Pearce, PGA Teaching Professional

Ray Pearce was taught the game of golf by his grandfather, Harold Eller, longtime Old Hickory Country Club professional and member of the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame. After playing football and golf at the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee at Martin, he turned professional and worked as an apprentice under Richard Eller at Forrest Crossing Golf Course in Franklin and Gene Dixon at Stones River Country Club in Murfreesboro. While at Stones River he completed PGA Business School I and PGA Business School II. As a competitor he won three consecutive Tennessee State PGA Assistant's Championships and finished fifth (70-68-64-66-268) in the PGA Tour's Chattanooga -Hamilton County Classic. In the fall of 1990 he earned his card to play the Ben Hogan (now Web.com) Tour. From 1991 to 1993, his best performance was in the South Carolina Open where he lost in a playoff to Tommy Lehman, the tour's leading money winner. Ray's experience also includes four years as a golf instructor at the Tennessee PGA Junior Golf Academy at Golf House of Tennessee. From 1999 to 2001 Ray worked on the construction and maintenance of the President's Reserve course at Hermitage Golf Course in Old Hickory, as an assistant golf course superintendent under Bobby Schultz.

Ray was an All-State football player at Old Hickory Academy (now University School of Jackson) where he also excelled in basketball and golf. At UT Martin he won the Gulf South Conference Championship. In 2008 he was inducted into the Jackson-Madison County Sports Hall of Fame.

Ray and his wife, Connie, have two children, Elaine and Davis, both students at Middle Tennessee State University. His mother, Beverly, is a five-time winner of the TGA State Women's Senior Amateur. Ray's brother, Barry, is the general manager/head golf professional at Beacon Hill Golf Club and Brentwood Country Club in Commerce Township, Michigan.