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Open support caught on video

While golf fans around the world were watching Phil Mickelson win the 2013 Open Championship, John Deere was winning fans of its own at the Muirfield golf course.


As the official golf course maintenance equipment suppliers to the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, along with local dealer Sherriff Groundcare, John Deere equipment and support were being put through their paces. A new video gives a flavour of the level of support and commitment needed at a major golf tournament such as The Open (see link below).


Muirfield course manager Colin Irvine said: “The overall support we got from John Deere and Sherriffs before and during the tournament was terrific, everyone did a great job to keep things running smoothly – we even had the general manager from the dealership, Richard Scott, and John Deere’s territory manager Richard Charleton washing the machines down and clearing away divots from the practice tee at the end of each day!”


In total, 20 John Deere machines were supplied to complement the course’s own fleet, including 7500 and 8000 E-Cut hybrid fairway mowers, an 8800 rough mower, a 2653B tees & surrounds mower, 180SL (with groomers) and 220SL walk-behind greens mowers, along with a 1026R sub-compact tractor with collection system, plus TE electric and HPX diesel 4x4 Gator utility vehicles with trailers.


“It was crucial for us at Sherriffs to have the support machinery that we sent into Muirfield correctly set up to the specifications that Colin Irvine requested, so they matched up to Muirfield’s own John Deere fleet,” said Richard Scott, general manager of Sherriff Groundcare.


“The support team quickly established a daily routine, which worked like clockwork, covering any and every job that needed doing – everyone mucked in when required and operated really well together throughout the fortnight.”


“This was a great example of the company and the dealer working together to support one of our high-profile customers when the eyes of the golfing world were watching the event unfold,” added Howard Storey, Deere & Company’s product marketing manager, golf products, Region 2.


This year, John Deere also supported Merion Golf Club hosting the US Open, Sebonack Golf Club hosting the US Women’s Open, and Oak Hill Country Club hosting the PGA Championship.


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