- Personal Details
- DOB: 29 Nov 1994
- Country: Australia
Ben Eccles joined up with International Sports Management in January 2016, shortly after taking the decision to turn professional.
The Australian won the 2015 NSW Open, shooting 19 under par to beat a host of ex-European Tour and PGA Tour players and become only the fifth amateur to win the trophy since 1931.
As well as his memorable win at the NSW Open, Ben regularly contended throughout the 2015 season, finishing third at the Oates Victorian Open, where he will play his first tournament of this year, as well as 15th place at the WA Open on the PGA Tour of Australasia.
The youngster, who developed his game at the Victorian Institute of Sport Golf Program, where new stablemate Todd Sinnott also came through, enjoyed a stellar amateur career, finishing sixth at the Canadian Amateur Championship and 14th at the St Andrews Links Trophy.
Although he grew up in Australia, the early part of Ben’s childhood was spent in Horwich, where ISM chief executive officer Chubby Chandler hails from.
On joining ISM, he said: “I’ve been looking forward to turning professional for a long time and I will start the next stage of my career with a lot of confidence after last year’s win.
“I feel it’s the right time to take the step and I’m looking forward to working with International Sports Management and Chubby Chandler. I feel really grateful to have them and their expertise behind me.”
International Sports Management is one of the world’s leading sports agencies and has guided the careers of the likes of Lee Westwood, Darren Clarke and Louis Oosthuizen.
Chubby said: “Ben has so much promise and is already starting to deliver on it.
“With the Horwich connection, I’ve known about Ben for a long time and we’re looking forward to helping him show what he can do on the world stage.”
In his second overseas professional start, Ben finished in a share of ninth place at the Dimension Data Pro-Am, shooting two rounds of 64, one of which included eight birdies in his last nine holes.
2019 Schedule and results:
29/11/18-02/12/18 - Australian PGA Championship - T6
07/02/19-10/02/19 - ISPS Handa Vic Open - M/C
14/02/19-17/02/19 - ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth - M/C
25/04/19-28/04/19 - Turkish Airlines Challenge - M/C
02/05/19-05/05/19 - Challenge de Espana - M/C
23/05/19-26/05/19 - D+D REAL Czech Challenge
06/06/19-09/06/19 - Swiss Challenge
13/06/19-16/06/19 - Hauts de France
20/06/19-23/06/19 - Andalucia - Costa del Sol Match Play 9
27/06/19-30/06/19 - Italian Challenge
04/07/19-07/07/19 - Slovakia Challenge
11/07/19-14/07/19 - Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge
18/07/19-21/07/19 - Euram Bank Open
01/08/19-04/08/19 - Vierumaki Finnish Challenge
07/08/19-10/08/19 - Made in Denmark Challenge
21/08/19-24/08/19 - Rolex Trophy
29/08/19-01/09/19 - KPMG Trophy
05/09/19-08/09/19 - Open de Pleneuf
12/09/19-15/09/19 - Open de Portugal
26/09/19-29/09/19 - Hopps Open de Provence
03/10/19-06/10/19 - Lalla Aicha Challenge Tour
10/10/19-13/10/19 - Irish Challenge
17/10/19-20/10/19 - Hainan Open
24/10/19-27/10/19 - Foshan Open
07/11/19-10/11/19 - Challenge Tour Grand Final
13 June 2019
I’m at the BMW International Open in Munich next week and the nine years since I won there feels like a lifetime! The majority of us...
30 May 2019
I’m playing on the EuroPro Tour for the second time this week, having made the decision to concentrate on that rather than the Alps Tour a few wee...
23 May 2019
It takes more than a good golf swing to be to be out on tour for any amount of time because so much of what we do is down to the mental side.  ...
19 May 2019
Matt Wallace finished in a share of third place at the USPGA Championship at Bethpage Black. The Englishman, who finished second at the British ...
16 May 2019
As I get ready for next week’s Made in Denmark tournament, it feels like the year has been a little stop and start for me so far. I was in...
09 May 2019
The Betfred British Masters is one that I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. Hillside is just outside Southport and it’s only reall...
24 April 2019
Nino Bertasio has announced a new partnership with Italian luxury hotel chain Baglioni Hotels & Resorts. Bertasio, 30, from Brescia, r...
18 April 2019
Pavan Sagoo secured full status on the EuroPro Tour, finishing in a share of 18th place at Qualifying School at Frilford Heath. He shot rounds o...
01 April 2019
ISM has signed Finnish prospect Sami Valimaki, who recently turned professional. Valimaki was in the top 10 of the World Amateur Golf Rankings i...
28 March 2019
Since I turned pro at the end of last year you could say life has been a bit more hectic than it used to be! I’ve played in a lot of...
07 October 2018
After Europe, Thomas Bjorn and the European Tour, the biggest winners at the Ryder Cup were Paris and France. It was just unbelievable and...
05 July 2017
It's very pleasing to see Peter Uihlein operating at the sharp end again on a regular basis. ...
30 June 2017
The story of Chris Lloyd is a very interesting one... and a lesson for all those youngsters who start losing the way in ...
01 June 2017
What a difference a year has made in the career and life of Matt Wallace. From unknown to se...
17 May 2017
Louis Oosthuizen is one of those players you believe can win wherever and whenever he tees it up. And although Louis h...
29 March 2017
Four sub-70 rounds including a closing 66 brought a double dividend for Peter Uihlein at the Puerto Rico Open....
09 February 2017
Peter Uihlein's infectious smile is once again lighting up the world's fairways. ...
13 January 2017
Now that the golf world has woken up from its brief winter hibernation, I thought I'd take a look into the future and w...
10 November 2016
What an amazing week at the Turkish Airlines Open. The cours...
18 October 2016
A lot has been written about Lee Westwood of late, but, believe me, that story is far from over. One of Lee's greates...