Charlotte, NC - December 2, 2008 - Sentosa Golf Club is the most exclusive course in all of Singapore, and is the home of the Asian Tour's Barclays Singapore Open. With total prize money for this year's event exceeding $5 million U.S. dollars, some of the best golfers in the world set their sights on this event at Sentosa from November 13-16.
As the superintendent of Sentosa Golf Club, long-time Jacobsen user and friend Gregg Swanson, CGCS, decided that he needed new equipment to get his course ready for the caliber of championship play necessary for such a prestigious event. Swanson ordered six new Eclipse 122F walking greens mowers to compliment his current fleet, comprised in part of additional Jacobsen machines.
The units were delivered in October, three weeks prior to the start of the event, under the watchful eye of Glenn Wright, a technical training manager with Jacobsen Asia Pacific. Wright spent long hours at the course from the day the mowers arrived until the final round of the tournament to make sure they were cutting at their absolute best.
"I got to the golf course at 6 a.m. each morning," Wright said. "Long days indeed but I was determined to make sure that the Eclipse units worked well, and the course was in amazing shape for the entire tournament."
Cutting at 2.8 mm for two weeks, the Eclipse 122Fs got the greens ready for international media coverage and some of the best players from Asia, Europe, Africa and North America.
The height-of-cut was dropped down to 2.5 mm and the frequency-of-clip was necessarily adjusted as well during the week prior to the start of the tournament, as Swanson had Sentosa's greens reading over 11 feet on the Stimpmeter with Wright's help despite 14 inches of rain in the 10 days leading up to the start of the tournament.
Thanks in part to the incredible performance of the Eclipse 122Fs at Sentosa Golf Club and the persistent support of Glenn Wright, the Barclays Singapore Open was played under pristine course conditions and featured some of the most exciting professional golf played anywhere in the world this year.
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