Eddie Merrins to Be Enshrined in PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame

March 4, 2009

Hall of Fame golf coach Eddie Merrins will add another honor to his illustrious career. On May 5, Merrins will be inducted into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame in Port Lucie, Fla.

Merrins, 76, coached UCLA from 1975-1989 and led the Bruins to their first NCAA golf championship in 1988. He coached former Bruins and current PGA Tour members Corey Pavin, Tom Pernice, Jr., Duffy Waldorf, Scott McCarron and Brandt Jobe among others. During his tenure, the Bruins won 65 tournaments, 30 individual titles, and he tutored 16 All-Americans.

He was inducted into the College Golf Coaches Hall of Fame in 1992, the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996 and the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame in 2008 -- of which he is just one of 16 members.

A 1955 graduate of LSU, Merrins won SEC championships in 1953 and '54 and finished second and third in the NCAA Championship in 1952 and '54, respectively.

Merrins has enjoyed a teaching career that spans more than 50 years and a professional playing tenure in which he has competed in more than 200 professional events, including six PGA Championships and eight U.S. Opens.

Joining Merrins will be past PGA Golf Professionals of the Year Jim Manthis and Brent Krause. Claude Harmon Sr., the 1955 Masters champion, legendary instructor Harvey Penick, former rules committee chairman Don Essig III, former PGA of America Board member Harry Berrier and PGA Honorary President Brian Whitcomb also will be inducted.

Originated in 1940, the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame recognizes all PGA members who have made significant and lasting contributions to the building of The PGA of America and the game of golf.

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