Garrick Porteous has signed a three-year contract with one of the world’s biggest sports management companies, Chubby Chandler’s ISM and said: “This is a massive step forward.”
R and A rules prevent the new holder of The Amateur Championship, who lives in Morpeth and represents the Bamburgh Castle club, from being paid.
The 23-year-old does not plan to relinquish his amateur status until after next year’s US Open, one of the three professional majors he qualified for as a result of winning the Amateur.
He 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.”
Porteous competes in The Open Championship at Muirfield, whichaylor starts on July 18, and the “Chubby factor” starts to kick in before the following month’s US Amateur.
He added: “ISM have all their own golf facilities at Old Palm just north of Miami. I shall be able to practice and stay there for free ahead of that tournament.”
A former pupil at King Edward VI School and a major from the University of Tennessee, Porteous was first approached by ISM during the Lytham Trophy in April.
Since then he has won the Scottish Open and finished runner-up in the Welsh Open as well as capturing the Amateur.
He added: “It is impressive they made their first contact before any of my wins this season rather than jumping on the bandwagon after things went well.”