Ransomes Jacobsen mower makes the cut for Rio Olympics golf

Frederico Santa-Barbara of Jacobsen and Neil Cleverly, superintendent of the Rio Olympic Golf Course

Frederico Santa-Barbara of Jacobsen and Neil Cleverly, superintendent of the Rio Olympic Golf Course, with a selection of equipment supplied by Jacobsen for the course ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games. - Credit: Archant

Two machines built at the Ipswich factory of turf maintenance equipment company Ransomes Jacobsen have been delivered to the Rio Olympic Golf Course in Brazil.

The Jacobsen TR3 mowers form part of a fleet of 18 Jacobsen machines which have been supplied to the course under an exclusive contract, with a further 17 to be deployed by the time golf makes its return to the Olympics next year after a 112 year absence.

Although the other machines have been built at the Jacobsen factory in Charlotte, North Carolina, in the United States, many of them are also the result of development work carried out in the UK.

Alan Prickett, managing director of Ransomes Jacobsen, said: “We are, once again, delighted to be involved in the Olympic Games and it continues a tradition that goes back over many decades.

“This was a particularly important win for us, as it marks the return of golf as an Olympic sport after more than a century, and it is sure to be one of the high-profile events at the games.”

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He added: “One of the deciding factors in our winning of the contract was that we have a distributor in Brazil. ProGolf has represented the Jacobsen brand in Brazil since 2012 as well as Ryan, Turfco and Smithco, three companies with whom we have excellent working relationships.”

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