It didn’t take long for Ernie Els to fill the void after he left agent Andrew “Chubby” Chandler and International Sports Management earlier this month.
Els announced Sept. 23 that he has signed with ProsInc for management and marketing representation.
ProsInc is headed by two titans of the amateur game – former U.S. Amateur champion Vinny Giles and former Walker Cup captain Buddy Marucci – and Giff Breed, who had led ProsInc’s forerunner, what then was known as Pros Inc.
“I have known Buddy and Vinny for a long time,” Els said in a statement. “Not only does Vinny have one of the great records in amateur golf, but he also has a very successful 30-year-plus record in sports management. Buddy’s credentials in the golf world are well known, as is his success as a businessman and leader. I am excited to have them and their team representing me. My goal of having my business team nearby is now complete. “
ProsInc was founded in 1973 by Giles and reconstituted last month with the addition of Els as one of the boutique firm’s premier clients.
Els, 41, a South African and three-time major champion, lives in Jupiter, Fla., where he opened his new office last year.
“I just feel like it’s the right time to make this move,” Els said. “After so many years based in the U.K. and traveling the world golf circuit since turning pro, it is nice now to consolidate our activities in one place.”
Just like in 1975, when Vinny Giles signed the top three guys out of Q-School – Jerry Pate, Gary Koch and George Burns – Giles hopes that this will send the same type of message, that the new ProsInc is an agency to be reckoned with.
“It gives us quick credibility when you’re immediately associated with one of the top 10 players in the world, from a representation standpoint,” Giles said. “I think Ernie will be a catalyst to our credibility.”
Marucci said that having a Tour veteran such as Els under contract could attract younger players to ProsInc.
“I think successful people like to deal with successful people,” Marucci said. “There are always players looking for a different approach.”