Anderson enters pro golf by sigining with agent
FARGO -- It was an eventful day for Amy Anderson off the golf course on Thursday. She was named to the NCAA Division I Academic All-America team, and she officially entered professional golf by signing with an agent.
The former North Dakota State standout will be represented by Yee & Dubin Sports LLC out of Los Angeles, a firm that partner Don Yee says will help match Anderson with sponsorships and help her with her schedule and media opportunities. Breaking Juli Inkster's collegiate record of 17 tournament victories and her "intelligence and maturity" are good starting points, he said.
"We'll be the liaison," Yee said. "We feel Amy is a very special and unique person as evidenced by her amateur career."
Anderson said she had several potential firms that she liked, but was impressed that Yee & Dubin shared the same goal.
"It's not necessarily about getting the most sponsors by the most companies," she said. "It's about winning, concentrating on performance and doing everything to be the best I can be."
Yee said discussions with potential sponsors will begin shortly. He said it's premature if one major company will dominate her portfolio or if it will be a collection of a few.
"It can be a combination of merchandise, equipment and cash compensation," Yee said.
Anderson will make her professional debut next Monday at a CN Canadian Women's Tour event in Cowansville, Quebec. She will enter LPGA Qualifying School in August. Discussions for other tournaments will "happen in the normal course of business," Yee said.
"It's been a goal of mine since I was 10 years old," Anderson said. "It's a good feeling, but I know there's a lot of work ahead of me. Just having that title doesn't mean a whole lot."
Yee & Dubin have two players in pro golf in Mo Martin and Taylore Karle. Martin is 30th on the LPGA money list at $171,771 and Karle won 12 events on the Cactus Tour in 2012.
The firm also represents New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton. Anderson said she expects contact with Yee & Dubin almost on a daily basis, at least in the beginning stages of her career.
"The thing that's tough about golf is when you turn pro, it's a blank slate," she said. "It's not like you have training camp or the (NFL) Combine. You can pretty much do it anyway you want, and that was a little bit overwhelming. But Yee & Dubin has been through it, can provide some guidance and let me relax more about the process and not stress about it."
In one of her last direct connections to NDSU this season, Anderson was named to the Capital One academic at-large team with her 3.97 grade-point average in accounting. Her brother, Nathan Anderson, was a men's first-team selection with a 4.0 in accounting. At-large sports are women's bowling, women's crew, fencing, women's field hockey, golf, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, men's volleyball, water polo and men's wrestling.