Tournament Support at French and Scottish Opens

October 02, 2013

Ipswich, Suffolk - October 2, 2013 - Technical staff at Ransomes Jacobsen, the Ipswich-based manufacturer of commercial mowing equipment, had a busy couple of weeks in July providing tournament support at the Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National in Paris and at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, played at Castle Stuart Golf Links near Inverness.

In 2010, Le Golf National signed an exclusive supplier agreement with Ransomes Jacobsen France (RJF) for both golf course machinery and golf cars. The agreement includes regular product training for the golf club’s greenkeeping team and maintenance technicians at RJF’s Toulouse headquarters supported by regular visits from their technical director, Pierre Poursel.

Alejandro Reyes, the recently appointed course manager at Le Golf National, is delighted with the collaboration and said, "The quality of service and the level of engagement provided by Ransomes Jacobsen France is exceptional. I have always paid great importance to the technical support from any partner companies to ensure the optimal performance of the equipment purchased. Since arriving at Le Golf National in January and working in close collaboration with Laurent Proupin and his team, I have been delighted with their professionalism.

Graeme McDowell won the Alstom Open de France to claim his third title of the year, carding a closing round of 67 to finish nine under par, four clear of South Africa's Richard Sterne. Commenting after his victory he said, "This is such a difficult course; we may have one of the greatest Ryder Cup venues in European golf history in 2018."

One week later, the support team technicians headed up to Inverness for the third and final Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open to be contested at Castle Stuart Golf Links.

Played in glorious sunshine and balmy conditions for the first three days followed by a final round in a cold gusting wind of up to 30 mph, Phil Mickelson overcame the variables of golf on hard and fast-running links courses to win after a play-off with Branden Grace. He followed this by winning the Open at Muirfield and said that his preparation on the fast and firm surfaces at Castle Stuart was a factor in his victory.

Commenting on the support received from the Ransomes Jacobsen team, course manager Chris Haspell said, "On behalf of all of the management team here at Castle Stuart, I would like to thank everyone at Ransomes Jacobsen for the support over the last three years at the Scottish Open; all of the machines and the utility vehicles have performed really well.

"To have the technical guys here was great; the peace of mind and the trouble shooting they do is invaluable. As a company Ransomes Jacobsen have some great staff and should be proud of the service they offer; couple that with the strong backup we get from local dealer, Fairways GM, it’s obvious why we have a solid relationship."

Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc (NYSE:TXT) company and more information on the product offering can be found at

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defence, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. For more information visit:

For further information please contact:
Peter Driver
Public Relations and Media Communications Manager
West Road, Ransomes Europark, Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 9TT.
Tel: +44 (0) 1473 276386 Email:

Jacobsen SLF-1880 superlight fairway mowers at the Scottish Open

Jacobsen equipment in the machinery park ready for the Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National

Connect with Textron IR

Eric Salander, Vice President, Investor Relations
(401) 457-2288
Cameron Vollmuth, Manager,
Investor Relations (401) 457-2288

Email Alert

Enter your Email *
Mailing Lists *

Enter the code shown above.