Scalise forms partnership with CAPTO Golf

CAPTO Golf, the revolutionary new training and fitting system for putting, today announced their one-year partnership with Italy’s Lorenzo Scalise.

Whilst playing golf around the world next season, Lorenzo will sport the CAPTO Golf logo on the belly of his golf bag.

CAPTO is a putting analysis system that is composed by high accuracy and ultra-compact sensors, that transmit accurate putter movement data and calculate the most important mechanical and biomechanical parameters. It measures putting performance accurately in real time and in real playing conditions. The CAPTO system derives from 20 years of experience in the aeronautics sector of Menci company.

Lorenzo Scalise, one of Italy’s up and coming golfing stars, had an impressive amateur career, reaching a career high of 20th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and was ranked 23rd upon turning professional.

Scalise claimed victory at the 2018 Yale Spring Invitational and the 2017 Italian Amateur Championship, represented the Continent of Europe at the St. Andrew’s Links Trophy, Team International at the Arnold Palmer Cup and Team Italy at the World Amateur Team Championships, where he led his country to a fifth-place finish in the team standings and eighth in the individual standings.

Lorenzo made his professional debut at the Kazakhstan Open following the Eisenhower trophy and finished in a tie for 50th position. He will compete next year on the Challenge Tour where he looks to rise up the professional golf rankings.

“I’m very excited to be CAPTO’s first ambassador. The CAPTO team have a revolutionary product which will not only help golfers of all abilities with their putting, but will also help me elevate my own analysis to ensure my progression to the very highest levels of the game”, said Scalise on his new partnership.

“Being young and incredibly talented, Lorenzo is a golfer that will stand out next year at any tournament that he competes in”, said Francesca Ceccaroni, CEO of CAPTO Golf. “We are very proud to be associated with Lorenzo and we hope that he can achieve the results that he deserves, after working on his putting with the CAPTO system”.

CAPTO was presented at the Orlando PGA Show in January of 2018  and was overwhelmingly acclaimed. In less than one year in the golf market, hundreds of CAPTO units are in the backpack of coaches and players around the world.

Lombard shares top spot at European Tour Q-School

South Africa’s Zander Lombard earned his European Tour card for the 2019 season, by finishing joint 1st at Final Stage of European Tour Q-School last week. 

Following six rounds at Lumine Golf Club in Spain, Zander and Alejandro Canizares could not be separated at the top of the leaderboard on 24-under-par.

Having lost his card earlier this month, Zander shot rounds of 64, 68, 70, 70, 64 and 68 at Lumine to secure his playing rights once again. 

I shouldn’t have been here in the first place, but to come out strong and prove myself to be on the Tour it’s really amazing, I don’t have words for it right now,” said Lombard. “I’ve usually had a lazy first half to the season but I’m going to try to do things differently this year and play as much as I can early in the year and try to get the numbers up early. 

Well done to Zander on earning his European Tour card and best of luck as he kicks off his season this week in Hong Kong. 

Figueiredo secures European Tour card for 2019

It was a Sunday to remember for Pedro Figueiredo, as he secured his European Tour card for the 2019 season, following a final round 67 at the Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour Grand Final.

Entering the final tournament of the season placed 17th in the Road to Ras Al Khaimah rankings, Figueiredo needed a big week to guarantee his promotion to the European Tour.

Opening up with two consecutive one under par, 71’s, followed by a level par, 72, he had work to do in his final round of 2018. 

When the pressure was on, Figueiredo produced a final round of five under par, 67, including a birdie at his final hole, to jump up to 13th place on the leaderboard and get inside the elusive top 15. 

“I was out, I was in, I was out, and yeah, in the end somehow I managed to sneak in there, so it was just a rollercoaster of two hours”, said Figueiredo. “It’s always been a goal, but I don’t think I have realised yet that I have achieved it. It’s been a long journey to get here, but maybe tomorrow I’ll start settling down and realising that I’m on the European Tour.”

Figueiredo jumped up the Challenge Tour rankings after his victory at the KPMG Trophy during the summer and continued his fine form throughout the season with a third-place finish at the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge and tied eighth at the Euram Bank Open. All were big factors in helping Figueiredo to secure his European Tour card for next season.

Also competing at the Ras Al Khaimah Grand Final were Oliver Wilson and Oscar Lengdén who finished their weeks off in tied 22nd and tied 17th respectively. Overall, Oliver completed his year ranked 17th and Oscar, 23rd.

Koepka claims CJ Cup title and World Number One spot

Three-time major winner, Brooks Koepka, closed out victory at The CJ Cup on Sunday by four shots, to become the new World Number One for the first time. 

Koepka, who is also the reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year, shot a final round of 8 under, 64, to sign for a total of 21 under par. 

“Everything I’ve done this year it’s been working. So I don’t want to change anything,” Koepka said. “Just keep improving. “I’m so excited right now, you have no idea. I can’t wait to go play again.”

Brooks began the day with a three-shot lead, but by the time he had reached the turn one under for his round with three birdies and two bogeys, he had been joined at the top by Gary Woodland who had made a charge up the leaderboard. 

The biggest moment of the day came on the 16th hole, when Brooks went from a fairway bunker to just left of the green, about 70 feet away. Koepka hit a chip-and-run that was stopped by the pin and dropped for birdie.

“It’s absolutely amazing. It’s a dream come true,” Koepka said after closing out the tournament and becoming World Number One. “I don’t think I ever thought in my wildest dreams I’d be the best golfer in the world. I can’t even put it into words.”

Victory at the CJ Cup was Koepka’s fifth PGA Tour title. Having now claimed victories in seven countries – USA, South Korea, Spain, Italy, Japan, Turkey and Scotland, Koepka truly is a global player. 

Well done Brooks on your victory in South Korea and also claiming the World Number One position for the first time in your career. We are all so thrilled for you and know that there is so much more to come. 

Alexander Björk chooses Hambric Sports

Hambric Sports is delighted to announce the signing of the 2018 Volvo China Open winner, Alexander Björk, fresh off his solo 2nd place finish at the Sky Sports British Masters yesterday.

Currently, Alexander is ranked 65th on the Official World Golf Rankings and 12th on the Race to Dubai rankings.

Heading into his second year on the European Tour, Alexander started it off in a near perfect style, by finishing tied 2nd at the UBS Hong Kong Open. This was then followed up by a tied 3rd finish at the Tropheé Hassan II and tied 6th at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Solid performances continued and it wasn’t long before Alexander claimed his maiden European Tour title at the Volvo China Open.

2017 was a whirlwind first season for Alexander on the European Tour. Recording three top-ten finishes, this helped him to a 43rd place finish on the Race to Dubai rankings, meaning that he comfortably retained his card for the 2018 season.

A tied third finish for Alexander at the 2017 HNA Open de France secured him a spot at the 146th Open Championship, where he made his major debut.

In 2016, Alexander picked up his first Challenge Tour victory at the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge and also had nine top-ten finishes during this season. This led to him finishing 7th on the Road to Oman rankings and guaranteeing his European Tour for 2017.

“I am delighted to be joining the team at Hambric Sports”, said Alexander. “I’m ready to take my career to the next level and I know that by surrounding myself with the Hambric Sports Team, they can help make my dreams a reality”.

CEO of Hambric Sports, Rocky Hambric, said: “We are excited to welcome Alexander to the Hambric Sports Family. Already a proven winner on both the European and Challenge Tours, we look forward to helping him achieve the rest of his professional goals”.

With offices in Dallas, Los Angeles & Dublin, Hambric Sports specializes in the management of professional golfers and markets its clients on a global basis. This includes seeking and negotiating income-producing opportunities within the golf industry and corporate world. In addition to Björk, the list of clients includes Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Thorbjørn Olesen, Martin Laird, Beau Hossler, Jordan Smith and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño.

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Koepka voted as the 2018 PGA Tour Player of the Year

The 2018 US Open and PGA Championship winner, Brooks Koepka, was announced on Tuesday as the PGA Tour Player of the Year.

The 28-year-old was voted by his peers as the Jack Nicklaus Trophy winner after a memorable year on the golf course.

Having missed the early part of the season due to a left wrist injury, Koepka not only managed to win the US Open Championship and the PGA Championship, but had second-place finishes at the WGC-HSBC Champions Tournament and Fort Worth Invitational, as well as four other top-10 finishes throughout the season.

Koepka joined the history books of the elite as just the fifth American with three major wins before the age of 29 and just the fifth player to win the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the same season.

“Brooks has brought a new brand of athleticism to the PGA Tour, and we saw the results this year with his historic season at the major championships.” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said on Tuesday. “These feats were accomplished despite missing significant time due to injury, a testament to his work ethic and perseverance throughout the season.”

Last month, Brooks received the PGA of America Player of the Year, which is awarded on a points-based system.

Well done Brooks on being recognised at the PGA Tour Player of the Year, following on from a phenomenal 2018 season. You battled so hard to get through a tough start to the year and nobody deserves this award more. 

Wilson seals second victory of 2018 at the Irish Challenge

England’s Oliver Wilson claimed his second win of the Challenge Tour season, at the Monaghan Irish Challenge yesterday. 

Starting the final day one shot behind Sweden’s Niklas Lemke, Wilson ended up finishing the day two shots clear of the field on 12 under par, following on from a final round of 69 (-3).

Opening up with three birdies in his first four holes on Sunday, Wilson raced ahead of the pack. A bogey on the fifth dropped him back one shot closer to the field, but he rectified things when he made his fourth birdie of the day on the seventh hole. 

Windy and wet conditions picked up and Wilson’s experience shun through, making birdie on the par five 15th hole, when he needed it most. 

A tap-in par putt on his final hole sealed the title and his second victory of the year. 

“I’m feeling pretty pumped after that,” said Wilson. “It was hard work today and a proper grind. We knew it was going to be tough and there was strong cross-winds everywhere.”

With this victory, Wilson moved from 38th to 15th in the Road to Ras Al Khaimah Rankings and massively increased his chances of returning to the European Tour. 

Well done Oli on a fantastic performance in tricky conditions all week. We are all delighted for you!

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Scalise signs with Callaway and Adidas

Hambric Sports is proud to announce that both Callaway Golf and Adidas Golf have partnered with Lorenzo Scalise, as he begins his professional career.

Scalise competed at the Irish Challenge last week on the Challenge Tour, where he put his new Callaway equipment into play and sported his Adidas apparel for the first time.

Having played four years of college golf at the University of Tennessee, Lorenzo reached a career high of 20th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and was ranked 23rd upon turning professional.

2018 was a successful season for Scalise, competing at the Arnold Palmer Cup for Team Europe and for Team Italy at the World Amateur Team Championship in Ireland, where he led his country to a fifth-place finish in the team standings and eighth in the individual standings.

He made his professional debut at the Kazakhstan Open following the Eisenhower trophy and finished in a tie for 50th position.

“I’m incredibly honoured and excited to be joining both the Callaway Golf and Adidas Golf families,” said Scalise. “They are both such well-respected companies globally and I look forward to representing them with pride both on and off the golf course.”

Through an unwavering commitment to innovation, Callaway Golf creates products designed to make every golfer a better golfer. They manufacture and sells golf clubs, golf balls and other golfing accessories.

With a rich heritage of creating and designing sports clothing, Adidas successfully turned their attention to the golfing world to create a complete range of Adidas golf shoes, shirts and trousers. Worn by touring golf professionals, the famous three stripes of Adidas golf clothing has become an ever-present feature to the world of golf.

Olesen helps Europe win back the Ryder Cup

It was Francesco Molinari who secured the winning point, as Europe regained the Ryder Cup on a thrilling final day at Le Golf National last weekend.

Heading into the Sunday singles leading by 10 points to 6, the United States won three of the top five singles match to close the gap to just one point, 

Out in match number 7, rookie Thorbjørn Olesen took down Jordan Spieth (5&4) to claim a much-needed point for the European side. 

Having raced into a lead of five after a brilliant birdie on the 9th, he birdied again on the 16th hole to complete one of the most one-sided singles matches of the day. 

“I really wanted to play today, having not been there (on Saturday),” he said. “It’s unbelievable to do it like this. The crowds went mental.”

Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka were in action for the USA team, with Brooks recording 1 and a half points for the week and Dustin with one point. 

Congratulations to Thorbjørn and Team Europe on their victory and Dustin and Brooks and Team USA on their performance throughout the week. All three of you continue to do us proud both on and off the golf course!

Robin Dawson signs with Hambric Sports

Hambric Sports is proud to announce the signing of Irish golfer, Robin Dawson, following on from his decision to turn professional.

Robin was ranked 8th in the World Amateur Golf rankings upon joining the paid ranks and has had a fantastic 2018 season, claiming victory at the Flogas Irish Amateur Open and finishing in runner-up position at both The Amateur Championship and the European Amateur Championship.

Dawson was also selected to represent Europe at the Bonallack Trophy, Great Britain and Ireland at the St. Andrew’s Trophy and Ireland at the World Amateur Team Championships, the European Amateur Championships and the Home Internationals.

A proven winner, Robin has not only won the 2018 Flogas Irish Amateur Open, but also the World University Championships in 2016, the European University Championships in 2015 and the Irish Boys Amateur Open in 2013.

Robin will make his professional debut this week at the Portugal Masters, on the European Tour.

“I am delighted to be joining Hambric Sports and I’m confident that they are the right fit for me”, said Robin. “Both of our values and priorities are the same and this stood out to me from the start. I’m excited for what lies ahead and look forward to taking my career to the next level.”

Robin will be managed by Kate Whyte. Rocky Hambric, CEO of Hambric Sports said “Having followed Robin’s progress for quite some time now, he has always impressed us both on and off the golf course and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Hambric Sports family. We know that he has an exciting future ahead and look forward to being with him every step of the way.”

With offices in Dallas, Los Angeles & Dublin, Hambric Sports specializes in the management of professional golfers, and markets its clients on a global basis. This includes seeking and negotiating income-producing opportunities within the golf industry and corporate world. In addition to Robin, the list of clients includes Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Thorbjørn Olesen, Beau Hossler, Jordan Smith and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño.

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