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ISM Sports Announces Signing of US Amateur Finalist

The following is a guest contribution from Andrew Harmes, a JD candidate of the Class of 2016 at Osgoode Hall Law School.

ISMISM Sports, the international sports agency led by CEO Andrew Chandler – famously known in golf circles simply by the moniker ‘Chubby’ – has signed Canadian golfer Corey Conners as the agency looks to further establish itself in the North American market.

Conners, the top-ranked Canadian male amateur and 2014 US Amateur finalist, is coming off competing in the World Amateur Team Championships where his four rounds in the 60’s helped Canada to a second place finish. By virtue of his impressive showing at the US Amateur, Conners has earned an exemption into next year’s US Open and a likely invitation to the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National. These major championship exemptions are conditional on Conners retaining amateur status, something he is expected to do, playing in a combination of top-level amateur and tour events before turning professional later in the 2015 season.

In an ISM release, Conners expressed the excitement that comes with joining an international agency boasting a talent division that includes major championship winners such as Darren Clarke and Louis Oosthuizen, as well as rising stars such as Seung-Yul Noh and Peter Uihlein. Conners explained that “the way ISM have nurtured the careers of young golfers and moulded them into winners is very impressive.” ISM also notably oversaw the management of Rory McIlroy’s career as he transitioned into the professional ranks, through to his first major championship victory at the 2011 US Open.

Meanwhile for ISM, the signing can be seen as being representative of a movement to expand the agency’s footprint in North America. Conners is the first Canadian to sign with ISM and is one of only a few players under ISM’s banner that are either native to North America, or compete there full-time on the PGA TOUR or one of its feeder circuits. Chandler commented that ISM is “making great strides in North America and the arrival of Corey is further evidence of that.”

Earlier in 2014 ISM took significant steps in furthering their North American interests when they signed Chesson Hadley, the agency’s first North American born player competing full-time on the PGA TOUR. When the signing was announced Hadley was coming off of a season in which he won the Tour Championship and finished third on the season long money list. Hadley had an impressive rookie PGA TOUR season under the direction of ISM, winning the Puerto Rico Open and finishing with $1,703,316 in earnings.

Nick Mullen serves as Director of Player Management North America for ISM and is stationed out of Old Palm Golf Club, a private facility in Florida that serves as the North American headquarters for ISM’s leading European-based players.

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.