Eddie Merrins


Born: August 4, 1932

Hometown: Meridian, MS

Year of Induction: 2000

 

High School Career

• Jaycee National Junior Champion (’50)

• Mississippi State Junior Champion (’48, ‘49)

• Mississippi State High School Champion, Meridian High (’49, ‘50)

 

College Career

• Southern Intercollegiate Champion (’53)

• SEC Individual Champion* (’53, ‘54)

• Second in NCAA Championships (’52)

• Third in NCAA Championships (’54)

*(Led LSU to the 1953 and 1954 SEC team titles)

 

Amateur Career

• Mississippi State Amateur Champion (’50, ‘53, ’55)

• New Orleans Invitational Champion (’54)

• Colonial Invitational Champion, Memphis, TN (’55)

• Qualified USGA Amateur (’52, ‘53, ’54, ‘55)

 

Professional Career

• Member of PGA of America (’61-present)

• Golf Professional at Bel-Air Country Club, Los Angeles, CA (’61-present)

• Qualified USGA Open (’57, ‘61, ’65, ‘66, ’67, ‘68, ’71, ‘73)

• Qualified PGA Championship (’62, ‘63, ’67, ‘68, ’69, ‘71)

• U.S. Open (Competed 8 times)

• PGA Championship (Competed 6 times)

• Player of the Year, Southern California (’70)

• Professional of the Year, Southern California (’77)

 

Coaching Career

• Golf Teacher of the Year, Southern California (’87)

• Author of Swing the Handle, Not the Clubhead (’73, Simon & Shuster, pub.)

• Author of Golf for the Young (’81)

• Coach of UCLA Golf Team (’75-’89)

• Pac 10 Coach of the year (’85)

• Coach of Pac 10 Conference Golf Champions at UCLA (’82, ‘83, ’85)

• Coach of NCAA Champion UCLA Bruins (’88)

• Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Golf Pros (’90 to Present)

 

Hall of Fame Memberships

• PGA Hall of Fame (1989)

• Southern California PGA Hall of Fame (1990)

• NCAA Coaches Hall of Fame (1992)

• UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame (1996)

• Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (2000)

 

Did You Know?

Among the golfers Eddie Merrins coached at UCLA were future PGA stars Corey Pavin and Steve Pate.





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