Garrick is signed up by top sports agency

A MORPETH golfer who is having his best season yet has signed a three-year contract with one of the world’s biggest sports management companies, writes Tim Taylor.

R&A rules prevent Garrick Porteous, who recently won the Amateur Championship title, from being paid, but the early stages of the deal with Chubby Chandler’s ISM will help him prepare for some of the world’s most prestigious tournaments.

The 23-year-old, a former pupil at King Edward VI School, does not plan to relinquish his amateur status until after next year’s US Open – one of the three majors he qualified for as a result of winning the amateur tournament.

He will compete in The Open Championship at Muirfield, which starts on July 18, and the ‘Chubby factor’ starts to kick in before the following month’s US Amateur event.

Porteous said: “There are a lot of pieces to fit into the jigsaw if you are going to be a success and this is a huge piece. I am delighted. This is a massive step forward.

“ISM have access to golf facilities at the Old Palm club just north of Miami and I shall be able to prepare and stay there ahead of the US Amateur tournament. I can also use it for warm weather practice and before the Masters and the US Open next year.

“It was impressive that the company first approached me in April before any of my wins this season, rather than simply jumping on the bandwagon after things have started going well.

“I also have more chance now of securing invitations to tournaments on the European Tour and the PGA Tour in America in the future.”