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.

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!

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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Hambric Sports is delighted to announce the signing of Sweden’s Oliver Gillberg and Italy’s Lorenzo Scalise, following on from their participation at the World Amateur Team Championships and decision to turn professional.

Oliver Gillberg captured his biggest amateur title at the 2018 South African Amateur Stroke Play Championship. Following on from this he was selected to represent Sweden at the European Team Championships and the World Amateur Team Championships, which have both assisted with his rise up the World Amateur Rankings to 14thposition.

“Turning professional is going to be a challenge that I relish and I am really looking forward to competing against the best players in the world. I am confident that Hambric Sports is the right fit for me as they have a long history in signing amateur golfers like myself and I’m looking forward to them guiding me through the early stages of my career, like they have done with their other successful clients”, said Gillberg.

Scalise is one of Italy’s up and coming golfing stars and has had an impressive amateur career, ranked 23rdon the World Amateur Golf Rankings.  He 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.

He was also awarded with First Team All SEC honours, 2nd Team All American Honours and was a semi-finalist of the Jack Nicklaus award.

Lorenzo will make his professional debut this week at the Kazakhstan Open on the Challenge Tour.

“I have had a fantastic amateur career and I feel that now is the right time for me to enter the professional ranks. I am delighted that I have chosen Hambric Sports to help guide me through this new phase of my golfing career and I’m excited for what’s to come”, said Scalise.

Oliver and Lorenzo will both be managed by Duncan Maxim. Rocky Hambric, CEO of Hambric Sports said ‘We are very happy to welcome Oliver and Lorenzo to the Hambric Sports family. Both have proven themselves at amateur level and we look forward to assisting them on their rise up the professional ranks”.

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 Oliver Gillberg and Lorenzo Scalise, the list of clients includes Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Thorbjørn Olesen, Beau Hossler, Jordan Smith and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño.

Kramer Hickok completed a wire-to-wire victory at the DAP Championship on the Web.com Tour on Sunday, beating Hunter Mahan and Matt Jones by three strokes. 

Having already secured his PGA Tour card for next season through the Web.com Tour’s regular-season money list, Kramer is playing to improve his status. 

After leading each of the previous three rounds, Hickok closed out his victory with a 2-under 68, finishing on 14-under 266. With this win, Kramer became the first player to go wire-to-wire in 2018 on the Web.com Tour. 

Hickok’s victory pushed his season total to $373,635, which is enough to jump from 23rd position to 2nd among the 25 regular-season qualifiers. 

Not getting off to exactly the start he would have liked, Hickok bogeyed his opening two holes. However, he found his game in the middle of his round and birdied five holes in a seven-hole stretch. 

“It was more of a roller coaster factor today. I had a rough start and rough finish (he bogeyed the par 5 16th). Despite some mistakes, I’m holding the trophy, so it ended well and I finally won a Web.com Tour event.”

“Wire-to-wire has been one of my goals,” Hickok said. “Not only to win but to face that pressure being on top of the leaderboard every single day and know that you can play to your best ability is one of the things that I wanted to come to in my practice and the mental work that I do. It’s been a long way coming.’

Congratulations to Kramer on his maiden victory on the Web.com Tour. Having dominated the MacKenzie Tour last season and now winning on the Web.com Tour, we can’t wait to see where next year takes you on the PGA Tour! 

Brooks Koepka claimed his third Major Championship this season as he won the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club, in his 100th start on the PGA Tour.

Koepka carded a closing round of 66 to finish two shots ahead of Tiger Woods and write himself into the history books with Ben Hogan, Gene Saracen, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win the US Open and PGA Championship in the same season. 

Setting a new tournament record of 16 under par with a total of 264, Koepka found it hard to believe how far he had come after missing a portion of the start of his season due to a serious wrist injury. 

“When I look at what I’ve done in the past two months, it’s incredible. Sitting on my couch watching the Masters, and to think I would do this, I would have laughed at you and told you there was no way, no chance, and to do it is really incredible.” said Brooks. 

After rounds of 69, 63 and 66 earlier in the week, Koepka entered the final round with a two-shot lead over Adam Scott. 

Brooks birdied the first hole of his final round and although he bogeyed the 4th and 5th, he remained cool, calm and collected and went on to make three birdies in a row at the 7th, 8th and 9th.

After superb par saves at 10 and 11, Koepka missed birdie chances on the next two greens and suddenly found himself tied for the lead with Adam Scott.

Birdies at 15 and 16 for Brooks were crucial and made the walk down his final hole that little bit more enjoyable with a 2 shot lead.

A 324-yard drive down the middle of the 18th fairway left Koepka with 122 yards to the pin which he hit to 17ft. A two-putt par here sealed victory for the 28-year-old and his third Major Championship.

With this win, Brooks jumps up to a career-best 2nd in the Official World Golf Rankings and 3rd in the FedEx Cup Standings.

“Three Majors at 28. It’s a cool feeling. It really is.” said Koepka.

We think so too Brooks! Congratulations on your third Major Championship and another fantastic display both on and off the golf course.

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Holing a ten foot par putt on the second playoff hole was enough to seal victory at the Swedish Challenge for Oliver Wilson. 

Oliver shot rounds of 68, 70, 79 and a final round of 68 to leave him on -13 and set up a playoff with the current Road to Ras Al Khaimah leader, Joachim B Hansen. 

With both Wilson and Hansen settling for pars on their first extra hole, Oliver held his nerve on the second playoff hole and played a fantastic approach shot from the edge of the green, before safely two-putting for par. 

The 2008 European Ryder Cup player has endured a tough couple of years, but he was thrilled to come away with his first victory since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in 2014.

“I’m absolutely delighted, I really am,” said Wilson. “It was hard. The last few years have been hard and I battled well today. Just to get the job done, it means a lot. There’s a long way to go on my journey but this is definitely a big step in the right direction.”

This victory at the Swedish Challenge catapults Oliver up to 26th position on the Road to Ras Al Khaimah rankings, less than 13,000 points away from the elusive top 15. 

Form is temporary and class is permanent. Well done on a fantastic victory Oli – we are all so proud of you and knew that your hard work would pay off!

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One of the world’s most promising golfers, Jordan Smith, has today announced his decision to sign with Hambric Sports.

Now more than half-way through his second season on the European Tour, the 2017 Porsche European Open winner enjoyed a fast rise through the golfing ranks over the last number of years.

In 2015, Smith won the PGA Europro Tour’s Order of Merit, which saw him gain promotion to the European Challenge Tour for the 2016 season.

Following his graduation to the Challenge Tour, Jordan went on to claim victory at the Red Sea Egyptian Challenge, the RAK Golf Challenge and with numerous other strong performances throughout the season, Jordan topped the Challenge Tour’s 2016 Road to Oman rankings.

The 2017 season saw Jordan pick up his maiden European Tour victory at the Porsche European Open, following a thrilling play-off with Alexander Levy.

Jordan’s victory in Hamburg saw him qualify for his maiden major at the US PGA Championship, where he went on to finish tied 9th, which was the highest placed finish of any European player that week.

Currently, Jordan is ranked 135th in the Official World Golf Rankings and 60th on the 2018 Race to Dubai, thanks to a tied 3rd place finish at the Volvo China Open and tied 8th at the Italian Open.

“I am very happy to be joining Hambric Sports”, said Jordan. “I believe their experience and global presence will help to take my career to the next level and I look forward to working with Rocky and the rest of the team”.

CEO of Hambric Sports, Rocky Hambric, said: “I am delighted to welcome Jordan to the family. Already a proven Tour winner, we are very excited and look forward to working with him as he continues his rise through the world ranks. We will be there every step of the way on Jordan’s long and successful golfing career.”

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 Smith, the list of clients includes Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Thorbjørn Olesen, Martin Laird, Beau Hossler, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño and Scottie Scheffler.

World number one Dustin Johnson captured his 19th PGA Tour title at the RBC Canadian Open on Sunday and rewrote the history books by becoming the first player since Tiger Woods in 2009 to win three or more times in three consecutive seasons. 

Heading into the final round at Glen Abbey tied for the lead with Kevin Tway, Whee Kim and Byeong Hun An, Johnson pulled away quickly with back to back birdies on his opening two holes to lead the field by two shots. 

After birdies at the first, second and eighth, Johnson stayed out in front for the rest of the day and headed into the back nine three-under for his final round.

Even a weather delay for roughly 90 minutes couldn’t derail Johnson. He came out following the restart and made four birdies on the back nine and went on to shoot a six-under 66 and finish on 23 under par.

Johnson said on Saturday that his only goal on Sunday was to play the par-5’s better and he did just that, making birdie on all four of them. 

Dustin’s most impressive display on a par-5 on Sunday came at the 16th hole, where he missed the fairway with his tee shot, leaving him a difficult 180-yard second on a downslope, out of the rough and to a back left pin. Johnson hit a pitching wedge that landed on the green and just rolled to the back fringe, leading him to calmly get down in two, resulting in one of his seven birdies on Sunday.

“Signing with RBC this year and coming up here and winning, especially on a golf course where I’ve had success, it means a lot,” Johnson said. “Obviously, having a lot of ties to Canada with Paulina, her dad, Wayne, who, thanks to him, I get a lot of fans out here. It makes it a lot more fun playing out here in front of a big crowd. I had a lot of support this week, and it was a lot of fun.”

Johnson retained his spot on top of the FedExCup standings with this victory and also increased his lead at the top of the Official World Golf Rankings.

Well done on your 19th PGA Tour Title Dustin. We are all so proud of you and we know that you will break plenty more records over the course of your career!

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Hambric Sports are proud to welcome Yannik Paul to the family, following on from a successful collegiate career with the University of Colorado’s Golf Team. Yannik made his professional debut earlier this month at the Mackenzie Tour Free 55 Financial, where he finished tied 36th.

Graduating from CU with a degree in Business Management, Yannik has had a busy year both on and off the course. His best finish of the season came at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, where he was co-medalist, then going on to finish T2 at the Pac-12 Championships and 2nd in the team event at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate.

Individually, Paul was named on the first team for the All-Pac 12 and also as CU’s co-Male Athlete of the Year for all sports in the University. He posted a stroke average of 69.64 this spring, which broke the original CU record of 70.67, that was set by his twin brother Jeremy. He also broke a school record with nine tournaments under par this year, and of the 558 holes that he played, only three of these were worse than a bogey.

Throughout Yannik’s amateur career, he has been selected to represent team Germany at the European Amateur Team Championships and the European Nations Cup.

“I’m looking forward to working together with one of the most experienced teams in the business. I believe that Hambric’s knowledge will be really beneficial for my professional career”, said Paul.

Yannik will be managed by Duncan Maxim and Ricardo Relinque. Rocky Hambric, CEO of Hambric Sports, is delighted that Yannik decided to choose Hambric Sports to represent him;

“We are very happy to welcome Yannik to Hambric Sports. He’s a very talented golfer and we have been impressed with his standout performances throughout his collegiate career. Given his college record, we look forward to working closely with him.”

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 Yannik Paul, the list of clients includes Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Thorbjørn Olesen, Martin Laird, Oscar Lengdén, Beau Hossler and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño.

 Photo courtesy of the University of Colorado Athletic Department.