Legendary golf player and coach Eddie Merrins has passed away at the age of 91, leaving fans and fellow golf enthusiasts mourning his loss. The sad news was confirmed by his family, who stated that Merrins died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Santa Monica, California.
Merrins, also known as “The Lil’ Pro,” had an illustrious career in the world of golf. He was a skilled player and a respected coach who shared his expertise with countless aspiring golfers. Born in 1932, Merrins had a successful golf career before transitioning into coaching. He was the head coach at UCLA from 1975 to 1980 and worked with some of the best golfers of his time.
Merrins was also known for his role as the head professional at the Bel-Air Country Club, where he worked for over 40 years. He made a significant impact on the golfing community, and his influence extended far beyond the courses where he played and coached.
Tributes from fellow golfers, colleagues, and fans have been pouring in, with many expressing their deep sadness at the loss of a true legend in the sport. Merrins’ contribution to the game of golf has left a lasting legacy, and he will be remembered for his passion, skill, and dedication to the sport.
In a statement, the PGA Tour expressed their condolences, saying, “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Eddie Merrins. His impact on the world of golf was immeasurable, and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”
Merrins’ death has sent shockwaves through the golfing community, with fans and fellow players taking to social media to pay their respects. Many have shared stories of his impact on their lives and careers, highlighting the profound influence he had on the sport.
As the golfing world mourns the loss of one of its greats, Eddie Merrins will be remembered for his remarkable contributions to the sport and the lasting impact he had on the lives of so many. Rest in peace, “lil pro.”