David Ogrin

Director of Everything and Lead Coach David Ogrin Golf Academy; 1996 Valero Texas Open Champion

David Ogrin is the Director of Instruction at David Ogrin Golf Academy. He played on the PGA Tour from 1983 to 2000 and on the Champion’s Tour 2008 and 2009. David also has competed on the European, Asian, Canadian, and South American Tour with three wins on the PGA Tour and two wins on the South American Tour. His biggest win coming at San Antonio’s own Valero Texas Open in 1996 where he beat Jay Hass by one shot and Tiger Woods by two shots. David often says in jest,

“I beat Tiger Woods so badly he has never come back”.

In the fall of 2018 David took a drive to what is now the entrance to the David Ogrin Golf Academy and drove back to see the old Rivercity Range which had been built in 2010.  Rivercity had been closed about a year and when he saw the landlord of the property had kept the tee line weed free, David began the process of reopening the facility.  David got that accomplished and on May 29, 2019 the David Ogrin Golf Academy opened and has become New Braunfels’ place to learn and practice golf.

Besides being an accomplished player on tour David opened the David Ogrin Golf Academy after two years as the Alamo City Golf Trail Director of Instruction, and two years as the Director of Instruction at Topgolf San Antonio where he created and ran the instructional elements of Topgolf San Antonio. Previously to that he coached one year of college golf at Texas Lutheran University as assistant to HC Tran. Before that David was the Director of Instruction at Three Crowns Golf Club in Casper, Wyoming where he created a seasonal golf program from scratch. David has also served as Director of Instruction at Rivercity Range (now david Ogrin Golf Academy) in New Braunfels, and as General Manager at Maverick Golf Club in Floresville, Texas and Packsaddle Golf Club in Kingsland Texas.  Along the way David is an active member of the Proponent Group and association of the nation’s top golf instructors as well as two years as a member of the Golf Channel Academy. Golf Digest named David one of the Top Teachers in Texas in 2022.

David is a graduate of the Vision54 Golf Coach of the Future program, a Certified Fluid Motion Factor Instructor, and Certified Putting Zone Instructor. David is certified to run Operation36 the leading developmental program in America and Birdie Basics which is golf for children ages 3-6. David is also a Life Member / Past Champion of the PGA Tour, and Life Member of the PGA of America.

After his playing career David has set out to become a leader in golf development from the beginner stage all the way through professional golf. He uses many great programs such as SNAG, Deane Beman’s 6/90, Real Golf by Joe Bosco, DECADE by Scott Fawcett, and igrowgolf. His passion is in the development of the whole golfer and uses the materials of Vision54, Operation36, and Chuck Hogan. Playing lessons are the foundation of great learning and that is where David’s heart is.

David Ogrin graduated from Texas A&M University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. He is married to Sharon Edwards Ogrin and they have four children and three grandchildren. David and wife family live in New Braunfels, Texas and attend New Braunfels Bible Church weekly and Wurstfest annually.

  • Along with golf course architect Tim Nugent, David designed High Meadow Ranch Golf Club in Magnolia, TX. It is a really good golf course and has hosted many local events.
  • Along with David Goff a regional vice president of OB Sports, Ogrin developed High Meadow Ranch and was General Partner.
  • David served one year as Executive Director of the Central Texas Junior Golf Association where he ran a number of good junior golf events.
  • In 2006 David served as part of Captain Tom Lehman’s team as an assistant vice-captain for the Ryder Cup. His title was Match Escort and along with Corey Pavin, Loren Roberts, and Duffy Waldorf they served that team which was lead by Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
  • Locally David has won the San Antonio Open twice (played at Cedar Creek) and also served as assistant captain on the Rudy’s I-35 Cup.
  • In Illinois David won the Illinois Open, Illinois Amateur, Illinois Amateur Match Play, and the Chicago District Amateur in the summer of 1980. That same summer he lost in the finals of the Western Amateur to Hal Sutton.
  • As a Texas Aggie David won 3 individual collegiate titles and was named Honorable Mention All American as a freshman, and Third Team All American three times.
  • Favorite Band: Chicago
  • Finally, David’s life is complete as the Chicago Cubs won the World Series in 2016. A life-long Cubs fan, and the son of a life-long Cubs fan the generation victory still sends celebratory chills in every bone in his body.