Ballymena's Dermot McElroy has signed up with Octagon, the management agency run by Rory McIlroy's former assistant ISM assistant Stuart Cage.
In another tie in with McIlroy, Octagon Golf’s Mitchell Tweedie, a close friend of the current world No 2, will handle the former West of Ireland champion.
“After a very successful time as an amateur, we are pleased that Dermot has selected Octagon to help him take the next step in his career,” said Cage, Director of Octagon Global Golf.
“Dermot has a bright future as a professional and we are looking forward to helping him fulfill his potential.”
McElroy’s amateur career highlights include wins at the 2015 West of Ireland Championship and the 2013 North of Ireland Open Strokeplay at Galgorm Castle.
The 23-year-old was also a semi-finalist at both the 2016 West of Ireland Championship and North of Ireland Championship.
McIlroy had a solid 2015 with Top-10 finishes at the Flogas Irish Amateur Open, the Lytham Trophy, the Brabazon Trophy and the European Strokeplay Championship though he did not get through the First Stage of the European Tour Qualifying School.
He will begin his season on January 19 on the Gecko Tour and will play the EuroPro Tour and Challenge Tour beginning in March.
“I am thrilled to begin the next chapter of my career with an agency focused on my long-term development,” said McElroy. “I am confident that Octagon is the right agency to help me transition to the professional ranks.”
Octagon Golf is focused on the long-term global growth of its clients and specializes in negotiating endorsement contracts, building client brands through marketing, PR and charitable efforts, and providing comprehensive financial and legal advice.
Golf clients include Chris Wood, David Howell, Mark Calcavecchia and blogger Geoff Shackelford.
Selfridge fifth in Duvalay Classic
Algarve Pro Tour — Moyola Park's Chris Selfridge shot rounds of 72 and 68 to finish fifth, four shots behind Ricard Santos in the Duvalay Classic at Quinta do Lago South Course.
The Challenge Tour regular finished on four under, one ahead of seventh placed Cormac Sharvin (70-71). Scores