Hambric Welcomes John Oda

Hambric Sports is proud to welcome First Team All-American John Oda to the HSM family, as he announces his decision to turn professional. This comes after a stellar collegiate career at UNLV, which saw him register four individual titles and All-American honours, in each of his three seasons.

The Honolulu native posted the second-best career scoring average in UNLV history, surpassing marks set by Adam Scott & Charley Hoffman, while trailing only the career stroke average of Ryan Moore. Perhaps the most pedigreed amateur to come from the Hawaiian Islands, Oda twice qualified for the Sony Open in Hawaii, including 2012, where he competed as a 15-year old.

A medalist at this year’s U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying, John tested his game under major championship conditions at Erin Hills, before embarking on a busy amateur schedule. This was highlighted by ties for 4th and 6th place at the Sahalee Players Championship and Pacific Coast Amateur respectively. Oda capped off his amateur career, by reaching third round of matchplay at the U.S. Amateur, in Riviera Country Club, before turning professional. He was beaten by eventual winner Doc Redman.

John will shift his focus to Web.com Tour Qualifying as he begins his professional career. He is signed up for First Stage at The
Crosby, in San Diego, which takes place from October 3rd – 6th.

Oda will be managed by Walker Huddy.

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 Oda, the list of clients includes Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Thorbjørn Olesen, Martin Laird, Ricardo Gouveia, Cody Gribble, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and rising star Beau Hossler.

Konica Minolta Announces Multi-Year Sponsorship with Beau Hossler

Continuing to expand their brand within the golf community, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), announced a multi-year partnership with rising golf phenomenon and winner of the 2016 Fred Haskins award as the nation’s top collegiate golfer, Beau Hossler. As part of this partnership, Hossler has agreed to serve as a global ambassador for the company and will participate in their marketing and various social media campaigns. The deal also calls for Hossler to wear the Konica Minolta logo on the sleeve of his apparel and participate in customer entertainment at select events around the country.

Hossler first came to the golf world’s attention at the 2012 United States Open after taking the lead late in the second round, and has now become one of the most decorated and highly-regarded amateurs. His decision to turn professional follows an epic junior year in which he captures five collegiate victories and the prestigious Jones Cup Invitational. He recorded his biggest amateur win in 2014 by winning the Western Amateur and also successfully defended the SGCA Amateur Championship. He then helped the United States win the World Amateur Team Championship in Japan.

In early June, the 21-year-old Hossler dislocated his shoulder on four consecutive full swings during his semifinal match at the NCAA Championship. After repeatedly falling to his knees in excruciating pain and recomposing himself, he continued to play through the pain rather than forfeit the match. After reaching the 17th hole with a one-up lead but unable to make another full swing, he elected to putt up a steep slope from the front bunker, before miraculously holing a 25-foot putt from the back fringe to seal the match and ensure Texas’ spot in the championship finals.

Hossler is expected to make a full recovery and will resume his competitive schedule in January of 2017, and will pursue sponsor’s exemptions on the PGA TOUR in an effort to secure his exempt playing privileges.

“Beau is an extraordinary athlete who represents the future of this game and we are thrilled to support someone who has proven that he is an outstanding competitor and someone we admire off the course as well,” said Rick Taylor, President and CEO, Konica Minolta.

“I am honored to partner with an iconic brand like Konica Minolta as I embark upon my professional career,” said Hossler. “They are world leaders in creating technology for business efficiency and are strong supporters of the game. I couldn’t ask for a better partner as I pursue my lifelong dream of playing on the PGA TOUR.”

Konica Minolta is the “Official Multifunction Printer of the PGA TOUR and partnered with CBS Sports bringing the popular Konica Minolta bizhub® SwingVision Camera to select PGA TOUR broadcasts. The official marketing relationship with the PGA TOUR expanded in September 2015 when Konica Minolta launched a SwingVision Video Channel on PGATOUR.com. The company also invested in a co-branded social media campaign, #TOURFix, which enabled golf fans to send in videos of their swing to @PGATOUR via Twitter.

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!

LPGA Star Danielle Kang signs with Hambric Sports

LPGA star Danielle Kang has signed an exclusive, worldwide representation agreement with Dallas-based Hambric Sports Management, where she will be managed by HSM president, David Winkle.

“I am excited to announce that I will be represented by Hambric Sports Management. The comfort and ease I feel with this agency will bring out the best in me as an individual on and off the golf course,” said Kang.  “I feel loyalty, confidence and trust with my new agent and I am more than pleased to be a part of their agency.”

Kang rose to global prominence after winning back-to-back U.S. Women’s Amateur titles in 2010 and 2011, becoming the first player in 15 years to accomplish the feat.  She then qualified for the LPGA Tour in the fall of 2011 at the age of 19, and has continued to ascend the ranks as one of the brightest young stars in the game.

“We are thrilled that Danielle has placed her trust in us,” said Winkle.  “She is not only one of the most talented young players on the LPGA Tour, but also one of the most marketable.  Danielle is charismatic, intelligent, attractive and very gifted, which constitutes the ‘total package.’  I think the sky is the limit and I am very excited to be working with her.”

Most recently, Kang captivated the golf world with the uncanny feat of making two holes-in one in a span of eight days of LPGA Tour competition; both of which earned her new automobiles. 

“Danielle clearly has a knack for making headlines, and I expect we’ll soon see them regularly” said Winkle.  “She is just now coming into her own as a professional and worked very hard on her game during the off-season.  Now that she is comfortable and happy, I think we’ll see her evolve into a dominant player.  It will be fun to watch, as she already has quite a following amongst the fans and media.”

“We haven’t represented an LPGA player since our days with Lorena Ochoa, who was truly exceptional in every sense of the word,” said Rocky Hambric, Founder and CEO of HSM.  “Given Danielle’s flair for the dramatic and engaging personality, there are many similarities which we find attractive.  I see enormous potential in Danielle and we are excited to work with her.”

Headquartered in Dallas, Hambric Sports Management specializes in the management of professional golfers, and markets its clients on a global basis, seeking and negotiating income-producing opportunities within the golf industry and corporate world.  In addition to Kang, their list of clients includes Dustin Johnson, rising star Brooks Koepka, 1997 British Open Champion Justin Leonard, 1986 PGA Champion Bob Tway, Martin Laird, Francesco Molinari, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, and many others.

South African Star Joins Hambric Sports

 Hambric Sports is delighted to announce the signing of young South African star Zander Lombard.

 Zander who hails from Pretoria has been playing golf ever since he could walk, and has continuously showed promise throughout his Junior and amateur career. Having turned scratch at the age of 12 it was very clear that he had something different to the other young golfers in the area. Zander was runner up in the amateur Championship in 2014 and has represented South Africa on the Amateur circuit since he was 11. He now looks to the next chapter of his life in the professional ranks and Hambric Sports are delighted to be able to assist and manage Zander on his journey.

On signing with Hambric Sports, Zander said: It is a great pleasure and privilege to sign with Hambric Sports and the group of great professionals. I am looking forward to taking my career to the next level. I will give it my all as the first ambassador for Hambric Sports from South Africa. My drive and passion for the game, coupled with a great team, will help me become one of the best in the world.

 Hambric Sports CEO, Rocky Hambric said “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Zander to the Hambric Sports family as he begins his journey in the professional ranks. Considering the interest generated on Zander’s transition from amateur to professional, we are very humbled that he has chosen Hambric Sports as the team to guide him through this exciting time. Having represented golfers for almost 40 years on both sides of the Atlantic, this signing represents a step forward for our company in managing a young professional from South Africa and shows how truly global the company is.”

 We are all very excited about the future and look forward to what lies ahead.

 Welcome on board Zander!

 

Strong showing at US Open for Hambric Sports

It was a great week for some of the Hambric Sports clients at the 114th playing of the US Open at Pinehurst No.2.

Brooks Koepka competed at Walton Heath on the Monday after the BMW PGA at Wentworth and ended the day securing 1 of the 14 spots on offer for the US Open. Brooks finished the week at Pinehurst in a tie for 4th position, which moves him from 96th to 70th in the Official World Golf Rankings. It was an amazing week for the young Floridian who guaranteed his return to the US Open next year, secured his full playing privileges on the PGA Tour for the 2014-15 seasons and, the final cherry on top had to be, in finishing in a tie for 4th, Brooks has been invited to compete at next year’s Masters Tournament at Augusta National. “The news just keeps on getting better and better”, said Koepka.

Dustin Johnson finished his week in a tie for 4th position with Brooks. He continues to show his fine form on the biggest stage and this week at Pinehurst was another example of DJ’s world class. Dustin remains at 15th on the World Rankings and 4th on the Fed Ex Cup Standings.

Cody Gribble, who went through the qualification process to compete at Pinehurst, finished in a tie for 21st in only his second start on the PGA Tour. The former University of Texas Longhorn shot a 1-under 69 on Sunday for a final score of 5-over 285. He improved his position 14 places from Saturday and was 2-under for the round through 11 holes. A great week for Cody!

Francesco Molinari finished best of the European clients in a tie for 23rd place. This finish moves Francesco from 46th to 42nd on the World Rankings.

Congrats to all involved on a great week and now we can start to look forward to The Open Championship at Hoylake.

Next Stop – Northern Trust Open

One of the most popular events on tour, The Northern Trust Open starts tomorrow at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, CA.

Hambric Sports has a strong representation this year with 8 of our clients competing for the title. Tee times for the #HSGfamily are as follows:

Francesco Molinari off 10 at 6.50am
Dustin Johnson off 10 at 7.22am
Justin Leonard off 1 at 7.53am
Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño off 1 at 11.51am
Martin Flores of 10 at 11.51am
Harrison Frazar off 1 at 12.22pm
Martin Laird off 10 at 12.33pm

Thorbjørn Olesen off 10 at 1.04pm

We wish all our clients a successful week!

Hambric Clients shine in The Middle East

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The Middle Eastern Swing on the European Tour has come and gone. Hambric Sports clients Thorbjørn Olesen and Brooks Koepka competed in all 3 events on the swing with Francesco Molinari competing in Dubai last week.
It was a very successful couple of weeks for our clients with Thorbjørn finishing tied 3rd and narrowly missing out on the playoff in Doha at the Qatar Masters and a tied 5th in Dubai at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Brooks also followed on from a strong week in Doha with a tied 3rd finish in Dubai just coming up short on the final day. Francesco finished off strong on his return to competitive play carding a final round 68 and finishing in a tie for 13th.
Congratulations to all involved for a great few weeks.