Kang signs with Excel Sports Management
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Two-time U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Danielle Kang has signed with Excel Sports Management. Kang, 18, won her second Amateur championship Aug. 14 at Rhode Island Country Club. She will make her professional debut next week at the LPGA’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G.
Golfweek learned that Kang met with Mark Steinberg last week in California. Steinberg, of course, recently moved from IMG to Excel, taking longtime client Tiger Woods with him. His other world-beater client, Annika Sorenstam, stayed with IMG. Steinberg had been with the shy Swede from the time she won her first major in 1995 through her 2008 retirement. According to Excel’s web site, Kang joins Woods as the company’s only golf clients.
"You don’t win back-to-back Amateurs without having a ton of talent," Steinberg said. "The talent level is there. She’s fearless. She’s got the ability to have the full package."
Kang graduated from high school early and played 1 1/2 years at Pepperdine. She’s exempt into the second stage of LPGA Q-School later this month, thanks to her Futures Tour status as Golfweek’s top-ranked amateur. Kang represented the U.S. at the World Amateur Team Championship last fall and won the Women’s North & South at Pinehurst over the summer.
“Every time an amateur decides to turn pro, they always think, ‘Am I ready?’ ” Kang said in Rhode Island. “That's what they ask themselves. Now I know that I am, and I have to go to the next level.”