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Golfer Blayne Barber Turns Pro And Signs With IMG Worldwide

2012 Division I PING First-Team All-American and First Team All-SEC golfer Blayne Barber has decided to give up playing for the Auburn Tigers in favor of playing professional golf.  He has signed with IMG Worldwide for worldwide management and marketing representation.

“I’ve been weighing this decision for a few months and had the belief and confidence in my game to turn pro now,” said Barber, a native of Lake City, Florida. “Playing golf professionally has always been a dream of mine and I’m very thankful to Coach Clinard and my teammates at Auburn for my experience there. I’m very excited about this opportunity and look forward to working with IMG to make the most of it.”

“As a First-Team All American this year, and All Nicklaus Team honoree, Blayne Barber is a very prominent player in one of the most promising generations of collegiate golfers that the game has seen,” said Clarke Jones, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Americas, IMG Golf. “We’re excited to welcome him to the IMG team and look forward to helping him develop into a champion at the professional level.”

Steve Elling of recently asked if anyone is left at “IMG’s capacious golf offices in Cleveland.”  The signing of Barber is IMG’s response to what Elling said was a rhetorical question.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.