ANNAPOLIS -- Larry Ringer, Naval Academy golf coach and head pro at the Naval Academy Golf Course for the past 14 1/2 years, is resigning effective April 15, director of athletics Jack Lengyel announced today.
"We accept Mr. Ringer's resignation and appreciate his many years of service to the Naval Academy Golf Association and to the Naval Academy golf team," Lengyel said. "We wish him success in his future endeavors."
Lengyel immediately named Pat Owen, assistant pro at the Naval Academy Golf Course, as interim pro and varsity golf coach.
An Annapolis native, Owen has been the assistant pro at the Academy course for four years and has been assistant coach of the varsity golf team. He is a 1981 graduate of Johns Hopkins University and was captain of the Hopkins varsity golf team in 1980-81. He also earned a letter in varsity wrestling at Hopkins.
Owen won the club championship at the Annapolis Golf Club in 1982 and 1984 and in 1990 achieved national recognition for posting the highest score in the nation on the PGA Business School examination for apprentices.
Ringer was appointed coach at Navy in 1977 after a year as assistant coach and assistant pro. His teams had a 72-35 dual match record in fourteen seasons. His 1984 team earned Navy its first bid to the NCAA Tournament since 1967.