Chubby Chandler expanding ISM group

Chubby Chandler

LA JOLLA, Calif. – International Sports Management, the agency headed by Chubby Chandler, is spreading its influence to the United States. ISM has hired Steve Zika as its U.S.-based director of player relations, Zika told Golfweek.

Zika had worked for Ping for more than a dozen years, most recently as a tournament player relations manager.

Zika will assist ISM’s players, which include Lee Westwood, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen, when they play in the United States. ISM also is looking to represent more American players.

ISM already has an expanding stable of U.S. players. It represents LPGA player Christina Kim, as well as Peter Uihlein and Ben An, the 2010 and 2009 U.S. Amateur champions (An was born in South Korea, but has lived in the United States since he was 15).

Other Americans in the ISM stable include Scott Pinckney, who turned pro last year and earned a European Tour card, and Dodge Kemmer, who became the first American to win on the EuroPro Tour. Kemmer recently earned his card at Asian Tour Q-School.

Zika will begin working for ISM at the WGC-Accenture Match Play.

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