“We are extremely pleased to add Rob to our team,” said Mark Donohue, Rain Bird’s regional manager for Southeast Asia. “He has a strong background in irrigation operating systems combined with valuable product and field knowledge that will help us continue to build Rain Bird’s brand presence in this part of the world.” A native of Brisbane, Australia, Weiks has over three decades of experience in the horticulture industry, including extensive knowledge of nursery, landscape, and turfgrass maintenance. Over the years, Weiks has traveled throughout Southeast Asia, building and maintaining courses in Dubai, China, Azerbaijan, and Vietnam.
This month sees Shaun Anderson join Rain Bird Europe as Golf Sales Specialist for the UK, Ireland, and Iceland. Hailing from ‘The Home of Golf’, St Andrews, Shaun steps into his new role following Alastair Higgs’ recent promotion to Europe Service Manager. Before joining Rain Bird Shaun’s previous roles at Piperdam Golf and Leisure Resort
Mark Donohue is Rain Bird’s new regional manager for the company’s Southeast Asia market. In his new role, Donohue will manage the development of Rain Bird’s sales organization in Southeast Asia, and he will be tasked with growing Rain Bird’s Golf, Landscape and Agriculture businesses in all Southeast Asian territories, excluding Japan and Korea. Donohue
Tony Whelan has returned to Rain Bird’s Golf Division as its new international sales manager. In his new role, Whelan will use his significant sales and distribution experience to work closely with Rain Bird Golf’s international business managers and sales managers to grow golf sales in international markets outside of Europe and Canada.
Alastair Higgs has been promoted to the role of Europe Service Manager. In this new position, working from Rain Bird Europe’s office in France, Alastair’s responsibilities will include developing and driving forward service activities for Rain Bird across Europe. Antonio Farina has joined the Rain Bird Europe Golf Team as Area Sales Manager Golf. Gundars Vietnieks has joined the Rain Bird Europe Golf Team as Area Sales Manager Golf for Eastern Europe. Nathan Jenkins has joined Rain Bird Europe as Golf Sales Specialist for Scandinavia & Finland.
Rain Bird Golf has named Links Turf Equipment, Ltd. as its golf product distributor covering all of Thailand. Links Turf Equipment provides an extensive range of golf products and services for golf courses, including consultation, construction, maintenance and renovation. “Thailand is a re-emerging market in the golf course industry,” said Mark Donohue, Rain Bird Golf’s
Rain Bird Joins Forces with Golf & Irrigation to Provide Golf Irrigation Solutions Throughout New Zealand
Rain Bird has appointed Golf & Irrigation of Christchurch, New Zealand as its exclusive distribution partner for the full range of Rain Bird Golf irrigation products for golf courses, contractors, and turf managers. Golf & Irrigation is a new company with warehouses in Christchurch & Auckland, formed specifically to provide Rain Bird Golf products and solutions throughout the entire New Zealand market.
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America reports that only 2% of its approximately 16,000 members are female. Building diversity in the golf maintenance profession is important. Many of the male volunteers invited were from local courses and could travel to the site easily. To get more females, they would have to be brought to the course from some distance. Most likely the female volunteers could get the time off of work, but the cost to travel to the event would be prohibitive. After receiving the list of volunteers from The Olympic Club, Rain Bird arranged the flights of the female volunteers traveling from as far away as Florida and the northeast. Here are some of their stories.
“This industry is built on relationships, and Green Start Academy provides the perfect platform for attendees, as well as the mentors and hosts, to support the next generation of this industry,” said Rain Bird national sales manager, Jeffrey Lawson. “We are excited to join John Deere and Bayer for this year’s event and look forward to meeting the 2021 class in North Carolina.”
At Woking Golf Club (UK) a recently completed irrigation system renovation is paying huge dividends. Results out on the course have been both performance-enhancing as well as immediately visible, and there is now a waiting list of people wanting to join the club.
Utilizing Rain Bird’s unique capabilities allowed the course to be fully maintained and played throughout the project. The new irrigation areas were brought online as the project progressed, with full IC control while also allowing decoder-controlled areas to remain fully operational. Upgrading to IC has provided complete control, two-way, real time communication and peace of mind. The system that is now in place is much more efficient, with more effective coverage from the same amount of water.
“Superintendents are loving the new 702/752 electric and IC rotors,” said Altan Tolan, product manager for Rain Bird Golf. “Now, the same popular features are available in block models. And with Rain Bird’s Timeless Compatibility™, the new internals fit in any Rain Bird case from the 1990s.”
Strategic partnership will cover OR, WA, ID, AK, MT and Jackson Hole, WY Rain Bird Golf is pleased to announce Pacific Golf & Turf as the Rain Bird Golf Distributor throughout the Pacific Northwest. “This is an important golf market for Rain Bird, and Pacific Golf & Turf has a strong reputation in the golf
“Whether they are big or small, young or old, all dogs have a place in the underdog calendar — that’s what makes it so special and why Rain Bird loves being a part of it,” said Matthew Corentin, golf specification manager, Eastern U.S., Rain Bird Corp. “It might not be the first dog calendar, but it’ll definitely be the best!”
“It’s that public display, that we’re out there every day, that really drives me. We don’t want to put a bad foot forward, there’s no redo button for us. It’s a playing surface that we’re producing and water’s the biggest part of that. Nobody wants to play on something that’s soft, everybody wants green, firm and fast. And there’s a very fine line to that.” — Stephen Rabideau, CGCS, Director of Golf Courses, Winged Foot Golf Club