Crocker gets endorsement deal

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BARELY a month after joining the professional ranks, US-based Zimbabwean golfer is already attracting the attention of some of the game’s biggest brands, as he looks to establish himself as one of the rising stars on the global stage.

BY DANIEL NHAKANISO

The 21-year-old, who resides in the leafy Los Angeles suburb of Westlake Village, last week agreed to terms on a multi-year contract with leading golf equipment manufacturers Srixon and Cleveland Golf.

The deal will see Crocker use Srixon irons, Cleveland wedges, and a Srixon golf ball. In addition, Crocker will wear a Srixon hat and glove, and carry a Srixon bag.

“I’m really excited to be a part of the Srixon/Cleveland Golf team and can’t wait to represent the brand on tour,” said Crocker in a statement released by Srixon. “Srixon makes the best golf balls by far and the Z-STAR XV fits my game perfectly.”

‎ Cleveland Golf/Srixon vice president Rodney McDonald said: “Any time a player of Sean’s calibre chooses to partner with us, it is a real testament to our products and our people.”

“Sean is exactly the type of competitor, athlete, and person we want representing the Srixon and Cleveland Golf brands and we are thrilled to be joining Sean on his professional journey.”

Crocker is the son of Gary Crocker, the Bulawayo-born former international cricketer, who played in Zimbabwe’s first ever Test cricket match against India back in 1992.

Gary, a former standout junior golfer in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) before he turned to cricket, has personally sponsored his son’s career having introduced him to the game.

After a highly successful junior career, Crocker was awarded a golf scholarship at The University of Southern California (USC), where he spent three seasons.

While at USC, Crocker helped his team reach the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship match play phase in all of his three seasons, including a program-best second place in 2015.

The NCAA Championship match play phase is reserved for the top eight college teams in the US.

Individually, Crocker was an All-American, the 2015 Pacific Conference (PAC)-12 Freshman of the Year, and a three-time All-Pac-12 selection.

Before turning pro in September, Crocker was among the top-10 ranked amateurs on the Official World Amateur Golf Rankings.