Former U.S. Am champ joins Chandler's ISM group
Monday, January 23, 2012
Byeong-Hun An, the 2009 U.S. Amateur champion, has signed with Chubby Chandler’s International Sports Management. An, 20, turned pro in 2011 and earned a European Challenge Tour card at its recent Q-School.
ISM now represents two of the past three U.S. Amateur champions. Peter Uihlein, the 2010 U.S. Amateur winner, signed with ISM when he turned pro in December, leaving Oklahoma State as a senior.
An moved to the United States from South Korea in 2005. Both of his parents won table-tennis medals at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.
An almost became the first player since Tiger Woods to win consecutive U.S. Amateurs, losing in the semifinals in 2010. He played one season of college golf at Cal – finishing 140th in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings – and turned pro after the 2011 U.S. Amateur.
The similarities between Uihlein and An extend beyond their hoisting of the Havemeyer Trophy. Uihlein and An trained at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and now practice at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando. Both are focusing on Europe early in their pro careers.
Uihlein is playing the European and Challenge tours on sponsor exemptions. He will make his pro debut next week at the Challenge Tour’s Gujarat Kensville Challenge 2012 in India. An also is expected to be in the field.