Eddie Merrins – BIO
Known as “The Lil’ Pro,” Eddie Merrins is the legendary Pro Emeritus at Bel-Air Country Club. He is Southern California’s greatest golf ambassador and among the most respected and admired individuals in the game. He has been inducted into 11 halls of fame. He was the Head Golf Professional at Bel-Air from 1962 – 2003 and coached the UCLA Men’s Golf Team from 1975 – 1989. His 1988 team won the NCAA Championship. During his tenure at UCLA, he coached 16 All-Americans, including Corey Pavin, Steve Pate, Tom Pernice Jr., Duffy Waldorf, Scott McCarron, and Brandt Jobe. His students have included everyone from United States Presidents to actors to tour players. He authored a book in 1973, “Swing the Handle, Not the Clubhead.” Eddie is known for his desire to simplify the golf swing. He once said, “It’s a pretty simple game and a pretty simple swing that we go to great lengths to complicate.” As a professional golfer, Eddie competed in over 200 PGA Tour events and 8 US Opens. He is in his 55th year of tenure at Bel-Air.
Coaching clients have included: the Modern Era’s most successful player, Tiger Woods; 2017 Players Champion Si Woo-Kim; 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist and 2013 U.S. Open Champion Justin Rose; Sean O’Hair, Greg Owen, Seung-Yul Noh, Stephen Ames, Chris Baryla, Hunter Mahan, and Lee Westwood, among others.
Awards and honors include Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers in America, Dixie Section PGA Teacher of the Year, Golf Digest Top 20 Teacher in America Under 40, Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers.
Coaching clients have included: Heath Slocum, Robert Karlsson, Kevin Chappell, Chad Campbell, YE Yang, Bill Lunde, Chez Reavie, Harris English, Andrew Putnam, Arjun Atwal, Bobby Gates, Boo Weekley, Nathan Green, Brian Gay, and Spike McRoy.