Tee It Up with The Little Pro – Eddie Merrins Introduction

We are honored to feature PGA Hall of Famer, Eddie Merrins’ blog series, “Tee it Up with The Little Pro”. The Little Pro will entertain and enlighten us with his insights and stories derived from more than 50 years experience playing with, competing against, coaching, and teaching the best players in the game.

Eddie Merrins is one of the most decorated and respected golf professionals to grace this game we all love.

“The Little Pro”, as he is affectionately known, has contributed mightily to golf instruction with his books, videos, articles, and appearances. At this stage of his life he is devoting his efforts toward helping others improve their lot in golf. Whatever ranking he derives as a teacher is well deserved” – Byron Nelson

Halls of Fame Inductee
  • 1989: Southern California PGA Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 1992: NCAA Coaches Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 1996: UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2000: Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2002: Southern California Golf Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2002: Southern California Golf Writers Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2005: Louisiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2008: World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2009: PGA of America Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2013: Metropolitan PGA Hall of Fame Inductee
UCLA Men’s Golf Coach: 1975 – 1989
  • 1988: NCAA National Champions
  • 1978-1989: 12 Consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearances
  • 1982, 1983, 1985: Pac 10 Champions
  • 1982, 1983, 1985: Pac 10 Coach of the Year
  • Developed 16 NCAA All-Americans
Professional Students
Amy Alcott
Ben Crenshaw
Chako Higuchi
Frank Lickliter
Rocco Mediate
Tim Simpson
Helen Alfredsson
Jay Delsing
Hale Irwin
Spencer Levin
Steve Pate
Vijay Singh
Gay Brewer
Raymond Floyd
Brandt Jobe
Bob May
Corey Pavin
Duffy Waldorf*
Jim Colbert
Jason Gore
Tom Kite
Scott McCarron
Tom Pernice Jr.





Amateur and Professional Competitive Record
  • Mississippi State Junior Champion
  • 3-Time Mississippi State High School Champion
  • 2-Time Mississippi State Amateur Champion
  • Defeated Sam Snead and Byron Nelson in Foursome Matches
  • Gulf Coast Open Champion
  • New Orleans Invitational Champion
  • Western Amateur Champion
  • Colonial Invitational Champion
  • SEC Champion
  • Southern Intercollegiate Champion
  • Metropolitan PGA Champion
  • Long Island Open Champion
  • 2-Time Southern California Medal Play Champion
  • Played in over 200 PGA Tour events
  • 5-Time USGA Open Championship Medalist
  • Played in 6 PGA Championships
  • Played in 2 British Opens

In 1980, Eddie Merrins founded Friends of College Golf, Inc., a non-profit organization designed to raise money for struggling college golf programs. Upon his retirement from coaching in 1989, the name of the organization was changed to Friends of Golf, Inc. (FOG). Today FOG not only supports colleges programs, but also numerous high school golf programs, caddie programs and the Evans Scholar Foundation. To date the FOG organization has donated more than 6 million dollars to these worthy causes. FOG is responsible for the creation of the Ben Hogan Trophy, which annually goes to the top amateur player in the country who is a collegiate golfer. This trophy was the dream of former Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon and became a reality with the blessing of Ben Hogan. Eddie Merrins and FOG are also responsible for the creation of two other highly regarded collegiate awards, the Byron Nelson Trophy and the Dinah Shore Trophy. These trophies are awarded annually to the male and female golfer of the year who have excelled both academically and on the golf course. Tom, Ben, Byron and Dinah, four wonderful people whom we miss dearly and who will forever be Friends of Golf.

Athletes and Celebrities Instructed by Eddie Merrins
Marcus Allen
Michael Bolton
Glen Campbell
Bing Crosby
Thomas Gibson
Tom Harmon
Craig T. Nelson
Dennis Quaid
Ringo Starr
Jack Wagner
Fred Astaire
Pat Boone
Jimmy Connors
Mac Davis
Gail Goodrich
Dean Martin
Jack Nicholson
Randy Quaid
Tony Trabert
Robert J. Wagner
Mikael Barishnikov
Tom Brady
Sean Connery
Celine Dion
Hugh Grant
Ann Meyers Drysdale
Haley Joel Osment
Jerry Rice
Kiki Vandeweghe
James Woods
Ray Bolger
Larry Brown
Richard Crenna
Janet Evans
Jim Hill
Joe Namath
Joe Pesci
George C. Scott
Jerry West







The “Tee it Up with The Little Pro” series will debut on July 14, 2014.

Rick Oldach

Rick Oldach is collaborating with Eddie Merrins to bring us this new instruction series, "Tee It Up with The Little Pro". Rick is a former golf professional and has been a golf industry sales and marketing executive for more than 30 years having served as Vice President Sales for Lynx Golf Company and Orlimar Golf. Rick is currently President of Pro Shop Sports, a global sporting goods sales and marketing agency.

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