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ISM launches Class of 2018
Article posted: 20 April 2018

There’s nothing better than seeing young players fulfil their potential.

- Chubby Chandler

International Sports Management has announced its ‘Class of 18’ programme, with prestigious partners grouping together to support three young golfers.

Italian Luca Cianchetti, Australian Ben Eccles and German Dominic Foos make up this year’s group of prospects. 

BMW dealership Halliwell Jones, audio equipment experts Bowers & Wilkins, construction and refurbishment company Dribuild, travel company EFR Travel, Turkey’s Gloria Golf Resort, O2 Communications Plus, Monte Rei Golf and Country Club in Portugal, building and project management company Paragon and financial services company UBS have all partnered with the Class of 18. 

As well as supporting the players, the sponsors enjoy a host of hospitality and networking opportunities. 

It is the third instalment of the scheme and last year was its most successful yet, with Matt Wallace and Clement Sordet winning three times between them and graduating from the Challenge Tour to the 2018 European Tour. 

Following the the Class of 18 launch at Urban Golf in London, ISM’s Chief Executive Officer Chubby Chandler said: “There’s nothing better than seeing young players fulfil their potential.

“The partners will again play a huge role in helping to give these lads the opportunity to do that and have a lot of fun at the same time.  

“All three of the players have the attributes to go a long way in the game and even though we raised the bar last year, we’re all in for another memorable season.”

Dominic, 20, the youngest winner in Challenge Tour history with his victory at the 2015 Gant Open, said: “I’ve heard a lot about the programme and I’m grateful to be a part of it. 

“It was great to meet the partners at the launch and their backing will make a big difference to the three of us. I’m really looking forward to getting going this year.”

Ben, 23, won the NSW Open as an amateur in 2015, said: “This is my second time in the ‘Class of’ programme and it’s exciting to be working with everyone again.

“From last year’s experience, the support gives you the opportunity to concentrate a little bit more on your golf and hopefully it’s a big year ahead for me and the other two guys.”

Luca, 22, who won the 2016 European Amateur Championship, added: “I’m so happy to have been asked to be in the Class of 18 and want to thank the partners that will share this journey with us.

“What Matt and Clement did last year was incredible and hopefully this can be a good season for all of us.”

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