New partnership with Nike Golf
Jordan Smith has been signed by Nike Golf, joining its impressive stable of athletes in a multi-year, 14-club, head-to-toe deal with the iconic brand. Nike Golf joins Gratte Brothers Group, one of the UK’s leading independently owned building services companies as a personal partner of the English Pro and the announcement comes just ahead of Jordan’s personal appearance and participation in a Golf Day for Gratte Brothers Group.
Jordan said of the announcement, “Becoming a Nike Golf athlete, for me, is a recognition of the success I’ve already achieved so far in my career but also my future potential, and I know there is lots of hard work ahead to achieve what I want in the sport.”
The 22-year-old from Calne, plays out of Bowood Golf Club in Wiltshire. He joined MB Partners as a young amateur and has been supported by the agency with his move into the professional arena. Bringing on board commercial partnerships such as Gratte Brothers Group and Nike Golf is testament to the talent of Jordan and the expertise of MB Partners.
Duncan Maxim, Head of Golf, MB Partners, comments, “I’m very pleased to have been instrumental in securing this agreement with Nike for Jordan. It acknowledges the talent that he has and the potential for him to go all the way to the top. Having such a great brand behind him can only spur him to achieve the best possible results. Well done Jordan.”
World Number One Rory McIlroy currently leads the stellar list of European players on the Nike Golf athlete roster, and Smith will also join the likes of Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Thorbjørn Olesen, Tommy Fleetwood, Oliver Fisher, Scott Jamieson and Ross Fisher when he puts Nike Golf product into play in the coming weeks.
“We are delighted to have Jordan on board at Nike Golf,” said Robin Murray, Director of Sports Marketing, Nike Golf EMEA.
“Not only have we been impressed by his amateur record, but we have also taken considerable notice of his dedication to the sport and we clearly see him as a modern golf athlete who will further highlight our growing presence on Tour,” he added.
Smith’s road to golfing stardom began later than most, having not picked up a golf club until the age of 13. However, after enrolling in the scholarship programme at Bowood, the Englishman progressed through the junior ranks and enjoyed a highly successful amateur career during which he won the prestigious Brabazon Trophy before going on to represent Great Britain and Ireland at the 2013 Walker Cup.
After recording impressive finishes at the Lyoness Open (T32) and M2M Russian Open (T38) on the European Tour, Smith decided to leave the amateur ranks behind and turned professional at the back end of 2014.
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