James Paschal | General Manager, Head Golf Professional
Paschal is a “Quarter Century” member of the Professional Golf Association of America, and his experiences as a Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour golf professional took him around the world. He competed on the PGA Tour and Asian PGA Tours from 1979 to 1983 and then on the Champions Tour from 2000 to 2002. The list of career accomplishments for this Memphis, Tennessee native are astounding, spanning four decades, including being named as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) All-American golf teams in 1970 and 1971, Outstanding College Athletes of America in 1970, Tennessee Section PGA Champion and TGA Tennessee State Open Champion in 1978 and 1979, Georgia PGA Player of the Year in 1988 and Tennessee PGA Player of the Year in both 2000 and 2001.
Paschal received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rhodes College in Memphis and in 2005, was inducted into his alma mater’s college sports hall of fame. He cites his father as the biggest influence in his life and credits Pat Abbott, the head professional at the Memphis Country Club, and Dr. Cary Middlecoff, PGA Tour Hall of Fame member, for teaching him an incredible amount about this game he loves.
Harry Taylor | Director of Operations, Head Golf Professional
At Gaylord Springs Golf Links, Harry brings his invaluable club design and fitting knowledge gained by working with his staff players such as Lee Trevino, Lanny Wadkins, Paul Azinger, Nick Faldo, Jeff Sluman, Bob Tway, Billy Andrade and Luke Donald.
A native of Old Hickory, Tennessee, Harry is heralded as one of the premier golf club designers in the world. A University of Tennessee alum, Harry played the PGA Tour for more than 10 years, and developed a reputation as a superb golf designer. Teaming with Taylor Made Golf Company founder Gary Adams, he became the “Taylor” of Taylor Made.
Ten years later, Harry teamed with Mr. Adams in starting Founders Club Golf Company and served as the Senior Vice President, Golf Club Design and Player Promotion. Since 1993, he has served as Vice President, Golf Product Design and Development/Player Promotions with Mizuno USA. Harry is a Class A Member of the PGA of America and a current member of Golf Digest Magazine’s Equipment Panel and Technical Advisory Board.
Many legendary golf brands were developed under Harry’s guidance including the Taylor Made Burner Series, the Founder’s Club Product line, and the Mizuno T-ZOID, MP Series, MX Series and most recently, the MP 32 and MP 60 “Cutmuscle” designs for Mizuno, USA.
Brian Lackey | Lead Golf Instructor
Brian Lackey, a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, began his golf career at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he played on the golf team and earned a BS degree in Sports Management, graduating in 1996.
Lackey began studying the golf swing in college and developed an unmatched passion for teaching the game of golf. Currently giving more than 1,800 lessons a year and having taught more than 19,000 lessons in his career with players ranging from the elite tour player to the beginner, Lackey has matured in his knowledge of the golf swing. He is also the co-developer of the Pendulum Putting Rod, which is currently used by more than 200 touring professionals. "I have been fortunate to work with some influential people through my short career and have enjoyed the opportunity to help others develop their game and each student reach their goal. It has always been a priority for me to surround myself with great people at great facilities.”
Lackey has been teaching in the Middle Tennessee Chapter for more than seven years and has developed a demanding clientele. He was selected as the 2002 PGA Teacher of the Year in the Tri-Cities Chapter, 2008 PGA Middle Tennessee Teacher of the Year, 2008 PGA Tennessee Teacher of the Year, 2010 PGA Middle Tennessee Teacher of the Year and the 2012 PGA Middle Tennessee Teacher of the Year. He is currently ranked ninth in Golf Digest’s Top Best Teachers of the State.