Denny Hepler is ready to take over the Grace College golf program for his first season in the spring of 2013.
Hepler boasts a pristine playing career. He played collegiate golf at both Ball State University and Florida State University, advancing to three NCAA finals during his career. He was a First Team All-Conference selection while at Florida State.
Hepler turned pro in 1978 and quickly catapulted up the world rankings. He was the first American to win the Malaysian Open in 1982 as he climbed up to No. 78 in the world rankings.
He played for two years on the PGA Tour in 1986-87 before joining the PGA of America in 1990.
Overall, Hepler has played in nine major championships including four times in the US Open, four times in the PGA Championships and once at the British Open.
He has also won a pair of Indiana Opens and was inducted into the Indiana Golf Foundation Hall of Fame in 2003.
Hepler moved on to serve as the assistant pro at Stonehenge Golf Club for 10 years before owning and operating Raccoon Run Golf Course for the past 16 years.
Hepler, who was named the 2004 US Kids’ Teacher of the Year, started the Warsaw Junior High golf team in 2004. He has coached the team for the past decade.
A local product, Hepler graduated from Warsaw Community High School in 1973. He and his wife Cindy have three children – Mallory Isabel, Karalee Alvey and Nate Stockman.