Special Announcements

2024 Ben Hogan Award

Koivun wins 2024 Ben Hogan Award presented by PNC Bank

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 20, 2024) – The Hogan Trophy Award Foundation, Friends of Golf (FOG) and Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) have announced that Auburn freshman Jackson Koivun is the recipient of the 2024 Ben Hogan Award presented by PNC Bank.   Koivun joins Rickie Fowler of Oklahoma State in 2008 as the only freshmen ever...

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Ben Hogan Award

Gregg Grost to Receive 2024 Eddie Merrins Award

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 27, 2024) – The Ben Hogan Award Foundation and Friends of Golf (FOG) have selected Gregg Grost, a former national champion college golf coach at Oklahoma and past Executive Director and CEO of the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), as the recipient of the 2024 Eddie Merrins Award.   Recipients of the...

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Eddie Merrins

Eddie Merrins, the ‘Little Pro’ who had an enormous influence on golf in LA, dies at 91

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette   Eddie Merrins was known as “The Little Pro” because of his 5-foot-7 stature, certainly not his influence on golf. The longtime pro at Bel-Air Country Club touched everyone from U.S. Open champion Corey Pavin to Fred Astaire and even Mikhail Baryshnikov.   Mr. Merrins died Wednesday in Los Angeles at age 91 after a long illness,...

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Eddie Merrins

Appreciation: Eddie Merrins, the ‘Little Pro’ and a giant of golf, dies at 91

Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times   Eddie Merrins, the beloved teaching pro at Bel-Air Country Club and longtime UCLA golf coach, famously distilled the complicated motion of striking a golf ball into one thought:   Swing the handle.   Don’t worry about the club head, he advised his pupils. Control what’s within your grasp — the club handle — and the...

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Eddie Merrins

Friends of Golf (FOG) Releases Statement of the Passing of Golf Icon and Co-Founder Eddie Merrins

World Golf Teachers Hall of Famer, Former UCLA Men’s Golf Coach and Bel-Air Country Club Teaching Professional Co-Founded Non-Profit Organization   The Eddie Merrins Statue Annually Awarded to Golf’s Top Players   Los Angeles, CA (November 23, 2023) Friends of Golf (FOG), the non-profit organization co-founded by World Golf Teachers Hall of Famer, former UCLA men’s golf coach and...

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Tom Addis III, Venturi Award

Friends of Golf (FOG) to Honor Former PGA of America President Tom Addis III With the Ken Venturi “Spirit of Giving” Award

FRIENDS OF GOLF (FOG) TO HONOR FORMER PGA OF AMERICA PRESIDENT TOM ADDIS III WITH THE KEN VENTURI “SPIRIT OF GIVING” AWARD   Addis Joins PGA Star Max Homa and LPGA Hall of Famer Juli Inkster as Honorees at FOG’s Upcoming 43rd Annual Charity Tournament   Emmy Award-winning Sportscaster Jim Nantz to Present Awards/Interview Honorees at Bel-Air Country Club...

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