Ringer, Larry (2011)
About Ringer, Larry (2011)
Larry was born in Hagerstown, Maryland to Robert Mervyn and Julia Marie Ringer. He is the oldest of three brothers, James David and Rick Alan. After Robert’s service in WWII, he moved his family all over the mid-Atlantic region due to his position with a Coca-Cola Bottling Company; Robert retired 41 years later as the Vice President for Military Sales.
Larry credits his father with introducing him to the game of golf. He remembers his little league coach dropping him off at the CC of Culpeper after baseball games. Larry took his first whiffs at a golf ball wearing his little league uniform and baseball mitt; he vowed to not let that dumb old golf ball take advantage of him ever again. At the age of 11, Larry started to receive golf lessons from Dick Amidon, Head PGA Professional at the CC of Culpeper. It was there that he won the Junior Club Championship in 1956.
Larry is a 1963 graduate of LaPlata High School in LaPlata, Maryland where he played four years of varsity basketball and one year of golf. He attended Charles County Community College for one year where he won the Eastern Regional Junior College golf qualifier in 1964, but then went on to play basketball and golf for Murray State University (Murray, Ky.)
Larry graduated with a B.S. degree in Business Administration in 1967. That same year, he was elected President of the Murray State “M” Club (club for athletes of all sports who earned a varsity letter), selected as their Most Valuable Golfer, named NCAA All America, and qualified (at Hillendale CC in Phoenix, Md.) for the U.S. Amateur, competing at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.
Larry’s first golf-related job came in 1969 when he was hired to work on the grounds crew at Hawthorne Country Club in LaPlata. He was hired to rake bunkers, mow grass and hand-pick crab grass out of the greens. After about a month of that task, he was elevated to Assistant Professional under the tutelage of Head PGA Professional Michael Bigony. After one season, Larry went to Wicomico Shores Yacht & Country Club and worked the summer for Head PGA Professional Keith Eynon. Larry became a very “well rounded” assistant at Wicomico because he gained experience in the golf shop, cleaning golf carts, cooking for the golfers and playing golf after work.
Larry turned professional in 1971 as an assistant at Bel Air Golf & Country Club (now Bowie G & CC in Bowie, Md.) for Head PGA Professional Bill Deck (MAPGA Hall of Fame Class of 1998) before taking an assistant job at Congressional Country Club where he worked for Head PGA Professional Bob Benning. He was elected to PGA Membership February 1, 1974 and spent the next couple of years competing on the PGA Tour.
In 1976, Larry started work at the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis, Md.) as an assistant for Head PGA Professional Alan Neiderlitz. Alan left the following year and Larry was selected to replace him. For the next 15 years (1977-1991), Larry was the Head PGA Professional and Golf Coach at the Academy. He then went on to serve the members at the Country Club at Woodmore as their Head PGA Professional until 2000. Since then, Larry taught at Enterprise Golf Course (Mitchellville, Md.) for a year before moving to Country Road Family Golf Center (Frederick, Md.) where he taught for 5 years. In 2006, he became the PGA Director of Instruction at Musket Ridge Golf Club (Myersville, Md.) before becoming the PGA General Manager/Head PGA Professional there in 2007.
In 2009, Larry returned to his current position as the PGA Director of Instruction at Musket Ridge. The development of his professional staff members has not only been paramount in his efforts, but has also led many of his assistants to go on to be Head PGA Professionals at many facilities across the country. Larry has been a leader at the highest level at each club he has been associated with and gained the respect of those memberships and guests alike.
Larry has served on the Section Board of Directors in several different capacities over numerous years having been both elected and appointed. He served as Secretary (1991-92) and President (1993-94) of the Northern Chapter while simultaneously serving as the Section’s Tournament Chair. He actually served as the Tournament Committee Chair or Co-Chair on three separate occasions since 1977 and continues to serve as a member of that committee today. Larry also continues to serve on the Northern Chapter Board as a Past President and an elected Regional Director.
In the past, he also served as a member or Chair of the following Section or Chapter Committees: Education, Boundaries, Scholarship and Mentoring. Never one to be shy, several of Larry’s initiatives and proposals have gone on to serve the MAPGA membership well and remain in effect today, to include changing the prerequisites necessary to be elected Section President. His dedication to The PGA has been continual and unwavering in every way for nearly 40 years now.
While Larry’s service to the Section is impressive, his playing record is even more remarkable. One highlight was leading the U.S. Senior Open at Congressional Country Club in 1995 after the first round with an opening 68 as an unheralded PGA Club Professional (finishing tied for 21st.) On the Section level, Larry has been quite dominant, winning almost every major in the Middle Atlantic PGA. He was the recipient of the MAPGA President’s Award in 1995. Larry was elected to the Murray State University Sports Hall of Fame that same year.
Larry’s philosophy about golf has developed through the tutelage of other PGA Professionals with whom he has worked. His work ethic has always been geared toward future success because he knew he was not as talented as other players. Larry tries to gear his mental state of mind toward always being prepared and never being negative in his approach to success. His teaching philosophy has continually been to show “cause and effect” by having the student work with his/her strengths and avoid weaknesses.
Larry and his wife, Judith, were married 21 years ago in the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel. They have two Scottish Terriers, Morgan and Chloe.