Polish golfer Adrian Meronk signs with Hambric Sports

Polish golfing star, Adrian Meronk has signed with Hambric Sports following on from his decision to turn professional at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, where he finished as runner up in the Pro-Am competition.

The 23 year old signed off on his stellar amateur days at number eight in the Official World Golf Rankings. 

Adrian’s decision to turn professional follows a fantastic year, coming fresh off his T3 individual finish at the World Amateur Team Championships in Cancun. Prior to this, Adrian shot an impressive -9 to take T9 spot at the European Amateur Golf Championships.

In June 2016, Meronk made headlines when he became the first Polish golfer to reach the British Amateur Championship quarterfinals. He was also the joint leading qualifier in the initial strokeplay stages of the tournament. 

The man from Wroclaw once again made history last year when he became the first Polish player to play in the Palmer Cup – he won three and a half points out of a possible four. Adrian is now a two time Palmer Cup player with an impressive record of 5-0-3 in his two appearances. He was also named as a PING All-American in 2016. 

In the 2014 – 2015 golfing season, Adrian received All-American honours from PING and Golfweek, while also being selected to the PING All-Region Team. He was named SoCon Player of the Year, First Team All-Southern Conference and SoCon Player of the Month for April. As well as this he was inducted into the SoCon Academic Honour Roll and won the season-opening tournament at Inverness Intercollegiate, whilst also earning co-medalist honours two weeks later at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate. 

Adrian will travel to Spain and compete at the Second Stage of European Tour Qualifying School next week where he will hope to qualify for the final stage and secure a European Tour Card for the 2017 season.  

Adrian said: ‘I have had a fantastic amateur career and I feel that now is the right time for me to enter the professional ranks. It is going to be a challenge that I will relish and I am delighted that I have chosen Hambric Sports to help guide me through this new phase of my golfing career. I am confident that Hambric Sports is the right fit for me as they have a long history of signing amateur golfers when they turn professional, like myself, and growing them into major winners which is an avenue I wish to follow’.

CEO of Hambric Sports, Rocky Hambric, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Adrian Meronk to the close knit, Hambric Sports family. Having followed the progress of Adrian for quite some time now, we have always been impressed with him both on and off the course. Adrian is an individual with a massive amount of potential and we are so excited to be working with him, to help him grow into a successful touring pro. He had a fantastic professional debut at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and we know that this is only the beginning of his long and successful golfing career.’

Photo courtesy of Heronim Rutkowski (http://GOLFpl.com)

Beau Hossler selects Hambric Sports

Beau Hossler, who recently received the Haskins Award as the nation’s top collegiate golfer, announced today that he has turned professional and signed an exclusive, worldwide representation agreement with Dallas-based Hambric Sports Management.

Hossler gained global notoriety at the 2012 United States Open after taking the lead late in the second round as a precocious teenager, and has now become one of the most decorated and highly-regarded amateurs in recent memory. Currently ranked #1 in Golfweek Magazine’s Men’s Amateur Rankings and a consensus First Team All- American at the University of Texas, his decision to turn professional follows an epic junior year in which he captured five collegiate victories and the prestigious Jones Cup Invitational. However, his dominant season ended abruptly when he tore the labrum in his left shoulder during his semifinal match at the NCAA Championship in early June. Hossler has since undergone successful surgery to repair the injury and is expected to return stronger than ever this fall.

“Needless to say, we are thrilled that Beau has placed his confidence and trust in us,” said David Winkle, President of HSM, who will serve as Hossler’s agent. “Beau has one of the most complete skill sets of any player I have ever seen coming out of college and has the “golf IQ” to match. I expect great things from Beau and know he expects the same.”

At only 21-years-of-age, Hossler has already competed in six United States Amateur Championships and three United States Opens, a remarkable feat in itself. Following rehabilitation from his injury, he will seek sponsor exemptions from 2017 PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour events, in pursuit of his exempt playing privileges.

“I chose Hambric Sports because I value class, integrity, and loyalty above all else in my life and want to make sure that I surround myself with a team that has the same priorities in mind,” said Hossler. “I am confident that we will be successful in our endeavors, and will do it in a respectful and professional fashion. I also know that I will have total support from Hambric Sports through the peaks and valleys that are inevitable in a golf career.”

“We are excited to welcome Beau to the Hambric Sports family and look forward to helping him achieve all of his lofty professional goals,” said Rocky Hambric, HSM Founder and CEO. “Beau is the kind of individual who simply will not be denied, a trait that is the best predictor of professional success.”

HSM’s Hossler announcement comes on the heels of client Dustin Johnson’s incredible run of late, highlighted by victories at the United States Open and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Now ranked second in the Official World Golf Ranking, Johnson becomes the seventh player to win a major championship while under the management of Hambric, Winkle and HSM Vice President Blake Smith. In addition to Johnson, HSM’s current list of clients includes World #15 Brooks Koepka, 1986 PGA Champion Bob Tway, Golf Channel personality Brandel Chamblee, numerous PGA TOUR and European Tour veterans and noted golf instructor Randy Smith. The firm specializes in the management and marketing of professional golfers, seeking and negotiating income- producing opportunities within the golf industry and corporate world on a global basis.

Gutsy double victory leads Gouveia to break records

The seventh day of November, is one that Ricardo Gouveia definitely isn’t going to forget for a long time, as he finished off a stunning season with a gutsy victory at the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final, which also led him to capturing the Road to Oman and Challenge Tour No. 1 title. His double victory wrote history in the European Challenge tour books, as he finished his year with the highest total earnings for a season ever, pipping Edoardo Molinari by a mere 8,612.

With his 2016 European Tour card safely secured, he was under absolutely no obligation to travel to the other side of the globe to play in the penultimate event of the year, The Foshan Open. But this Portuguese native wasn’t just satisfied with having his full card for next year – he wanted it all!

With the thoughts of other players having the opportunity to scoop up ranking points and gaining ground on him in his bid to capture the Road to Oman title, Gouveia did not take the week off. He went and played this event and finished strongly in a tie for third place.

2015 had been a flawless season for Gouveia: 11 top tens from 17 starts, only one missed cut and a victory in the AEGEAN Airlines Challenge Tour tournament. But could he claim the double and cement his place as the Challenge Tour’s number one player for 2015?

Having shot a +4 (76) in round 3 of the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final, staged at the beautiful Almouj golf, The Wave, it looked as if maybe he had lost his momentum. However, he was only 1 shot back from Sweden’s Jens Dantorp. The front nine of the closing round for Gouveia saw him shoot a -2 (36), steady, but he was not where he wanted to be – top of the leaderboard. It was now or never for the Portuguese player if he wanted to complete his dream double.

A gentleman both on and off the course, it was time for him to use his raw desire to win, to dig deep and produce the golf that was needed to claim victory. He got his rhythm back in the middle of his round, when his putter saw red and held 5 putts for five straight birdies, beginning on the 12th hole. He shot seven under par in his closing round, setting the clubhouse target at 13 under, one that could not be matched by another player in the field.

‘I saw on the tenth tee that I was a bit far back and then after birdies on 12, 13 and 14 I saw the leaderboard on 15 and I was one ahead, then one more birdie on 16 put me two ahead at that point. Then on 18 I saw the big leaderboard to see what I needed on the last and just holed a beautiful putt.’

The 2015 Challenge Tour season was purely about Ricardo. He captured the Road to Oman title, NBO Golf Classic Grand Final and the AEGEAN Airlines Challenge tour event. He is now ranked the highest Portuguese golfer in the Official World Golf Rankings at 84th, having catapulted himself 313 spots higher than he was this time last year. He has also tied Edoardo Molinari as the joint highest ranked European Challenge tour player ever.

With a full status 2016 European Tour card in his back pocket and playing the golf of his life, the world is now his oyster. Gouveia has well and truly conquered the European Challenge tour and is on to bigger and better things next year.

We at Hambric Sports Group are so proud of your achievements Ricardo, and cannot wait to see you compete next year on the big stage – The European Tour!

Gouveia has eyes set on Challenge Tour’s No. 1 spot

With graduation secured up to the European Tour for 2016, a win at the coveted AEGEAN Airlines Challenge Tour event and ten other top 10 results from nineteen tour starts, 2015 can only be described as a massive success for Portugal’s Ricardo Gouveia.

Currently positioned at the top of the Road to Oman standings courtesy of a T3 finish at the Foshan Open, Gouveia will be looking for some more success at this week’s final Challenge Tour event, the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final. Having leap frogged over France’s Sebastien Gros in a chase to capture the title, he has his eyes firmly fixed on concluding the 2015 Challenge Tour season in top spot. Going into this week’s season finale, Gouveia seems to be enjoying his on course duel with Gros, “It’s great to have each other, both pushing for low rounds”, he said.

Gouveia and other leading players in the Road to Oman rankings got the chance to compete in the ICAEW Challenge Tour Pro-Am at Jumeirah Golf Estates last week, giving them the perfect opportunity to fine tune their games in a competitive environment.

In seventeen Challenge Tour and two European Tour starts, the Portuguese man has finished in a combined total of -176 and has played himself into all but one weekend of every tournament this year – the only player on tour to hold this impressive feat! This shows the model of consistency that he has been throughout the 2015 season. Sealing a victory is also not a problem as he captured the AEGEAN Airlines Challenge Tour event by 4 strokes having trailed by two going into the final round.

Lets hope that a solid finish at this week’s season finale can put the icing on top of the cake for Gouveia, to finish his 2015 season in top position in the Road to Oman rankings.

All of us here at Hambric Sports Group want to wish Ricardo the very best of luck in this week’s season finisher teeing off on Thursday at Almouj Golf Course – we will be following the action very closely!

Olesen claims third European title at The Alfred Dunhill Links

Sunday evening at the Alfred Dunhill links Championship at St.Andrews is always special. This year’s event was made even more special with Thorbjørn Olesen’s victory at the Home of Golf, claiming his third European Tour title. Thor came second at this event in 2012 and went one better on Sunday, posting a one under par 71 to finish the week on 18 under par, two shots clear of his Hambric Sports stablemate, Brooks Koepka.

It has been a tough year for Thor having dealt with hand surgery that sidelined him for almost 3 months and, with results not going his way over the last few weeks, it was hugely impressive to see how he handled himself having held a 2 shot lead going into the final round and kept the chasing pack at bay right up to the final hole on Sunday.

After his victory Thor said, “It’s been a very tough year and standing here with this trophy is unbelievable.”

Congratulations Thor we are all so happy for you and to see the work you have put in over the last few months having come back from surgery will make this victory all the more special.

Enjoy the celebrations

Walker Cup star Hurley signs with Hambric Sports

Hambric Sports Group is pleased to announce the signing of Walker Cup star, Gary Hurley. Gary secured 2½ points out of a possible 4 when The Great Britain & Ireland team recorded a record 16½-9½ victory against one of the strongest American sides in recent memory at Royal Lytham & St.Annes.

Gary has proven to be one of the most consistent amateur golfers in the world having recently secured 5 straight top 10s. Runner-up finishes at both the Spanish Amateur and the European Amateur championship in 2015 solidified Gary’s involvement in Nigel Edwards’ team.

A former 2-time participant of the Palmer Cup and having represented Ireland in the Home Internationals, World Amateur Team Championship and Great Britain & Ireland in the St. Andrews Trophy, Gary is very excited about moving forward from a very successful amateur career into the professional ranks.

On signing with Hambric Sports Gary said “I am delighted to be signing with Hambric Sports as I begin the journey into Professional Golf. I am comfortable that they are the right team to guide me through my career and I am excited to see what the future holds.”

CEO of Hambric Sports, Rocky Hambric, said “It is with great pleasure that we welcome Gary Hurley to the Hambric Sports family. We have admired Gary for quite some time, both on and off the course, and are very confident that he will transition from one of the most consistent Irish amateurs to one of the greatest Irish professional golfers.”

Hambric Sports has been representing professional golfers for almost 40 years and having managed 14 major winners and 4 members of the Hall of Fame we know what it takes to manage someone of Gary’s ability.

Welcome to the family Gary and we are all very excited about working with you.

Gouveia victorious in Germany

Ricardo Gouveia stormed to a second European Challenge Tour title at the AEGEAN Airlines Challenge Tour by Hartl Resort courtesy of a flawless final day performance which earned him a four-stroke victory on the Beckenbauer Course in Bad Griesbach.

The 26 year old began the day two shots off the lead set by South African Dean Burmester but a four under par 67 moved him to 15 under for the tournament, earning a first title of a remarkably consistent 2015 season and moving him to second in the Road to Oman Rankings.

His maiden victory came in Rome after just seven appearances and, while it was not enough to earn graduation to The European Tour at the conclusion of the 2014 season, he has returned this year an even bigger force to be reckoned with. Gouveia is the only player in the top 15 to have made it to the weekend in every event he has played thus far and seven top 20 finishes in eight events suggested it was only a matter of time before a second career title adorned his trophy cabinet.

He did it in nerveless fashion and he was delighted to double his win tally on Europe’s top developmental tour.

“It feels great to win again on this very competitive tour,” said Gouveia, who had his brother Tomas on the bag all week. “To win once is really good but to win twice is even better because it proves that I have the capability to win more than once. I’m just really happy.”

Congratulations Ricardo from all of us at Hambric Sports, we are absolutely thrilled for you!

JOHNSON FINISHES TIED 2ND AT U.S. OPEN

Dustin Johnson came up just short at the US Open in Chambers Bay finishing tied for 2nd behind Jordan Spieth who collected his 2nd major of the year.

It was a hard pill to swallow for Dustin but he showed true class throughout the week and battled hard right until the end of the tournament late on Sunday evening. “At the end of the day, golf is golf,” Johnson said. “I’ve got my family and that’s most important to me. My trophy at the end of the day is holding up my little man.
“I couldn’t be more proud of myself and my family. No matter what, I’m going to keep my head high and I’m going to be happy.”

There was a lot of criticism on the choice and set up of the venue from the players and the wider golfing world, and in particular with the standard of the greens, but that did not stop the drama unfolding on a Sunday evening in a classic U.S. Open final day and congratulations must go the Jordan Spieth and how he ended up victorious.

It cannot all be seen negatively as Dustin’s tied 2nd now moves him into a career high 3rd on the Official World Golf Ranking and we have no doubt that DJ will continue to push hard with St.Andrews and Whistling Straits to look forward to.

Congrats from all at Hambric Sports Dustin. It may not have been the result you wanted but we are all still extremely proud of you.

Dustin Johnson Triumphs at Doral

Huge congratulations to Dustin Johnson on his victory at the WGC-Cadillac championship in Doral at the weekend.

Dustin shot a 69 for a nine-under par 279 total to secure his ninth PGA Tour victory, and his first since he won another W.G.C. event, in China, in 2013. “It’s one of my biggest wins, especially after a long layoff,” Johnson said. “I’ve been working hard on my game, and I’ve been working hard on me.”

In the last month, Dustin has recorded top-five finishes on some of the tour’s toughest courses. He lost in a playoff at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club and tied for fourth at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am before prevailing Sunday on a Blue Monster layout that gave up only five sub-70 scores (and yielded three in the 80s).

With the first major just around the corner, DJ finds himself travelling to Augusta in fine form and we are predicting great things for 2015.

Congratulations from all at Hambric Sports DJ!

Koepka continues rise to stardom with maiden victory on PGA Tour

Brooks Koepka continues his meteoric rise up the Official World Ranking by claiming his maiden PGA Tour victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open yesterday. Koepka started the day 3 shots adrift of fellow stable-mate Martin Laird and, as the day progressed, momentum started to shift in his favour, none more so than a 51 foot eagle putt on 15 that pushed the Floridian to the top of the board.
His playing partner Hideki Matsuyama had a look at birdie on 18 to force a play-off but when the putt missed to the right Brooks was left with a tap in par to secure the win and seal his first PGA Tour victory.
“It feels amazing,” Koepka said. “The last few weeks I’ve put in a lot of hard work, changing my putting stroke completely and everything seems to be going right. I’m happy to get the win.”
This win is Brooks’ second victory in 4 starts with his last victory at the Turkish Airlines Open on the European Tour and moves him to 19th on the Official World Golf Ranking.
Congratulations Brooks on a fantastic week and well deserved. We are all very proud of you!