Troon Golf welcomes new appointments across EMEA Region; Scorpio Golf signs Rebecca Hudson; Simon enjoys the winning habit at Machynys; Linda Hartough celebrates 20 Years of US Open Commemorative Paintings; Montgomerie receives Captain’s car.
Troon Golf welcomes new appointments across EMEA Region
Chris Card has been appointed as Director of Golf at the 2009 Open Championship venue, Turnberry in Scotland. Chris has 14 years experience in the golf industry and is a fully qualified member of the United States PGA. Having worked across the United States at private and public resorts in Florida, Nevada, South Carolina and Colorado Chris will be a strong addition to the team at the famed links resort.
Stephane Talbot joins Troon Golf as Director of Golf at the spectacular Mazagan beach resort in Morocco. Talbot has a wealth of experience in the golf industry and enjoyed a successful playing career on the South American, Asian, European, PGA and Canadian Tours before entering golf management in 2002. Since then Talbot has enjoyed a successful spell at Palmeraie Golf Palace & Resort in Marrakech and Berrada Group-Palmeraie Development in Casablanca, where he was instrumental in the expansion and re-design of the resorts golf course and accommodation offerings.
Joanne Lynch joins the team at Abu Dhabi Golf Club as Sales and Marketing Manager. Having worked around the globe in sales, marketing and business development roles for some of the world’s best known brands, Lynch joins Troon Golf from Ericsson, Middle East. Her understanding of business in the UAE region is second to none and coupled with her knowledge in global markets following experience in the UAE, UK and New Zealand. Her new role brings a new set of challenges that Lynch is more than equipped to meet, and exceed.
Scott McCaw, who has worked with Troon Golf since May 2008, joins the team at Palmeral Golf, Saidia, Morocco, as General Manager following a period as Golf Operations Manager at Batalha & Furnas Golf Clubs in the Azores. McCaw has twelve years experience in the industry, during which time he has become an AA class PGA Professional and held the post of Head Professional at leading resorts around the world including Riffa Golf Club in the Kingdom of Bahrain. www.troongolf.com
Scorpio Golf signs Rebecca Hudson
Dubai apparel label Scorpio Golf has signed an endorsement agreement with LET player Rebecca Hudson. Known historically in the Middle East as the preferred supplier of crested apparel for some of the region’s biggest corporations and royal sporting squads, Scorpio this season launches a very ambitious range of performance wear for European golfers.
Alongside this initiative, Scorpio has also become actively involved with several Tour players, assisting them in designing their own symbols and garments.
Rebecca Hudson is the second LET pro to work with the clothing label, after the Bavarian-born Lisl Esterl signed a deal in July this year. The two players’ long-standing friendship presented a logical extension of the Tour Player Design programme (TPD), because Scorpio is happy to keep the elite group in quite small numbers while the idea takes root on the LET and European and Challenge Tours.
Scorpio has been in business since 2001, servicing the corporate and crested market from its base in Dubai. 2009 sees Scorpio taking its technical expertise and design flair learned to European golfers and leisurewear customers for the first time. www.scorpiogolf.com
Simon enjoys the winning habit at Machynys
Simon Chainey has been appointed food and beverage manager at Machynys Peninsula Golf Club and Spa which enjoys spectacular views across its championship course, Carmarthen Bay and the world-famous Gower hills.
He has a 17-year hospitality career which has taken him across Wales, England, Denmark and France. Postings have included 2010 Ryder Cup venue the Celtic Manor Resort, Hilton, Wiltshire’s Bowood Golf and Country Club, Village Hotels and Hilton.
Monks Bar and Brasserie, a new name for the well-established dining out venture, is part of the Machynys Club in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. Monks visitors have the option of choosing from one menu in the semi-formal 70-seat brasserie, the informal 70-seat lounge and bar or on the dramatic 40-seat sundeck.
An exclusive, private waiter-service area on the covered and heated open air sundeck has just opened. Up to 12 diners can relax overlooking the greens and fairways of the course and watch the sun setting over Carmarthen Bay and the Whitford Lighthouse.
Simon Chainey said: “I’m thrilled at the opportunities that Monks Bar and Brasserie will bring. This place has a real wow factor. It’s accessible, very friendly and open, and it’s in a stunning location. Following the refurbishment my job is to take Monks Bar and Brasserie to its next level, building on the good work achieved so far with added quality, great customer service and an attention to detail.” www.machynys.com
Linda Hartough celebrates 20 Years of US Open Commemorative Paintings
Linda Hartough, world-renowned golf-landscape artist, this year celebrates 20 years since she first was commissioned by the U.S. Golf Association to create official paintings and prints of the United States Open. www.hartough.com
“It is a privilege and a pleasure to have been selected to do the official paintings and prints at the U.S. Open each year,” says Hartough. “I look forward to the opportunity to capture the beauty of many more future U.S. Open sites.”
Hartough painted the first of her U.S. Open series in 1990, when Hale Irwin won at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. This year‘s official rendering was of the 17th hole at Bethpage State Park‘s Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y., site of Lucas Glover‘s triumph. The just-completed 2010 U.S. Open Championship painting, representing Number 21 in Hartough‘s series, features the famed ocean-side ninth hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
An artist since childhood, early in her career Hartough painted landscapes, portraits and horses. In 1984, Augusta National Golf Club commissioned her to paint its famous 13th hole, an event which propelled Hartough toward specialization as a golf-landscape painter. Hartough is a Founding Trustee of the Academy of Golf Art, a professional society of golf artists established in 2004 to create an awareness and appreciation of golf art as a valuable segment of fine art. www.academyofgolfart.com
Montgomerie receives Captain’s car
Colin Montgomerie’s preparations for The 2010 Ryder Cup continued this week when he was presented with his Captain’s golf car ahead of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
Montgomerie, who will lead Europe against the United States at The Celtic Manor Resort next year, was delighted to accept the Club Car Precedent which has been customised with the blue and gold of the European Union, has ‘Captain’s Car’ emblazoned across the front and has seats embroidered with the European flag.
“Over the years as a player I have seen how important it is for the Captain to be in the right place at the right time as the drama of each day unfolds at The Ryder Cup,” said the Scot. “The Captain’s golf car has been greenside for some of the greatest Ryder Cup moments and I am looking forward my time behind that steering wheel assisting my team.” www.rydercupwales2010.com
The car was presented by Kevin Hart, National Account Manager for Club Car, who said: “It is an honour for Club Car to be able to participate in some small way to the overall success of The Ryder Cup, and it is with great pleasure that we award the Precedent Captain’s car to Colin. We wish him the best of luck with his Ryder Cup preparations and of course the actual match next year.”
Club Car has provided the official cars for The Ryder Cup for the past 14 years and images of the Captains sitting in them at the back of the greens have become synonymous with the competition. www.clubcar.com