Steven Runge, a former collegiate player at Ohio State University, is the new men’s golf coach at the University of Central Arkansas, replacing Ryke Dismuke, who left this summer to become an assistant at the University of Houston.
The past three years, he has been the head coach at Clayton State University in Morrow, Ga.
Prior to that, Runge was an instructor at the prestigious David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
“The knowledge he has of what it takes to make it professionally along with all the golf instruction he has been provided makes him very valuable to our program,” said Brad Teague, UCA’s director of athletics.
Runge, a native of Mission Viejo, Calif., played professionally for 15 years, including two years on the PGA Tour and nine years on the Nationwide (nowWeb.com) circuit, recording victories at the Utah Open in 1997 and the Panama Open in 2001.
He qualified for the Buick Open and the Hardees Classic on the PGA Tour in 1993.
“I was just really impressed with all the people I met when I interviewed,’ said Runge.
“Everyone was so nice and accommodating and made me feel welcome. You could just tell it was a good place to work with quality people to work with. I’m very excited about the opportunity.
“It looks like UCA can attract a good level of player, so I’m looking forward to that.”
UCA returns the two-time Southland Conference Player and Student-Athlete of the Year in senior Pep Angles, as well as All-SLC junior James Newton.
At Ohio State, Runge was a three-year letterwinner under coach Jim Brown and was co-captain of the team as a senior in 1992.
The Buckeyes won the 1990 Big Ten championship and finished 10th at the NCAA National Championships.
As a junior golfer, Runge was an American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) All-American in 1986.
Runge and his wife Kathy have a son Cole.