Aug. 25, 2010
Hall of Fame golf coach and legendary PGA professional Eddie Merrins will serve as the celebrity guest at the annual Bruin 18 UCLA Women's Golf Invitational fundraiser on Sept. 20, Head Coach Carrie Forsyth announced Wednesday.
Merrins will conduct a book signing at 4 p.m., followed by a "fireside chat," spanning his 60-year golf career. He will be signing "Playing a Round with the Little Pro: A Life in the Game."
Merrins' appearance will be part of a full day of activities at the Palos Verdes Golf Club, which is hosting the third annual fundraiser. Also on the schedule will be an LPGA short game clinic, a silent auction and dinner. The shotgun start begins at 11 a.m.
"We are so happy to have the Little Pro as our guest of honor at the 2010 Bruin 18 Women's Golf Invitational," said Forsyth. "His impact in the world of golf has been memorable, and having him be a part of our event is exciting. Our tournament participants are in for a special treat."
As a teaching and playing professional for more than half a century, Merrins has tutored golfers from Hollywood to Ardmore, PA, where he began as a teaching pro at historic Merion Golf Club. He was named head professional at Bel Air Country Club in 1964 and has served there for 46 years.
As a player, Merrins was a three-time All-American at Louisiana State University and the 1953 and '54 SEC champion before graduating in 1955. He has competed in more than 200 professional events, including six PGA Championships, eight U.S. Opens and two British Open Championships.
Merrins coached the UCLA men's golf team for 15 years, guiding the Bruins to the 1988 NCAA championship, three Pac-10 titles and 65 tournament victories. He tutored 16 All-Americans, including NCAA Players of the Year Corey Pavin (1982) and Duffy Waldorf (1985).
In the last decade, Merrins has been inducted into the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame (2008), the LSU Athletics Hall of Fame (2005) and the Southern California Golf Hall of Fame (2002). In 1996 he was enshrined in the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame and in 1992 the Golf Coaches Assn. of America inducted him into its Hall of Fame.