Valparaiso University men’s golf coach Dave Gring announced the addition of veteran golf instructor, coach and teacher Ron Gring to the team’s coaching staff as an assistant in April 2018. Ron Gring, an accomplished professional golfer during his playing career, brought with him a wealth of knowledge and experience and numerous accomplishments and accolades to his role on Valpo’s staff.
Ron Gring’s first four years on staff have marked three of the program’s most successful seasons since it resumed in 2009. The team scoring averages in his four seasons account for four of the top five in program history. In addition, Ron was on staff as Valpo won the 19-team Invitation at Savannah Harbor on Feb. 15-16, 2020, the first time in the program’s modern history that it came out on top in a field of 10 or more teams. Ron Gring was on hand for the 2022 MVC Championship, as Valpo finished as the team runner-up with freshman Anthony Delisanti earning an NCAA Regional berth by taking individual medalist honors.
Ron Gring, the cousin of Dave, has been named to Golf Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Teachers every year since 2003 and has been honored with Golf Digest’s Best in State in Alabama and Arizona every year since 2001.
Ron Gring currently serves as the Director of Instruction at Terravita Golf and Country Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. He played in the American mini-tours, Asian Tour and South American Golf Tour from 1978-1985 before serving as an Assistant Golf Professional at the Lakewood Golf Club from 1985-1990. He attempted to qualify for the PGA Tour 11 times and missed by only one shot in 1981.
Ron Gring has racked up countless accolades during his career. He won the Gulf Coast Chapter, Dixie Section PGA Championship in 1989, won the Dixie Section Player of the Year Award in 1991 and was named the Gulf Coast Chapter Player of the Year in both 1990 and 1991. He also took home the Gulf Coast Chapter Teacher of the Year in 1991 and the Dixie Section PGA Teacher of the Year in 1991, 1996 and 2003.
Ron Gring has also served as the Owner/Initial Partner of Gring Golf, LLC (1999-2014), the Director of Instruction at Pronghorn Resort in Bend, Oregon (2014) and the Director of Golf for Capital Canyon Club in Prescott, Ariz. (2015-2018). He is one of only 13 doctorate level instructors of Homer Kelly’s – The Golfing Machine. In addition, Ron Gring has trained and coached PGA Tour Players Joe Durant, Brad Faxon, Kenny Perry and Jerry Pate along with Walker Cup Team Member and SEC Athlete of the Year Hunter Stewart.