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Ipswich, Suffolk (March 30, 2012) Jacobsen, the manufacturer of high-quality turf maintenance equipment, helped play a key role in the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, which ended in dramatic fashion recently with Tiger Woods winning for the first time in two years. Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. company.

The sprawling greens, cut each morning and evening by Jacobsen’s Eclipse walking greens mowers, were fast and firm all week, testing some of the world’s best players’ skill and patience. The challenging greens kept the field very tight all week, leading to one of the most exciting golf contests this year.

“With the Eclipse walkers from Jacobsen, we get a cleaner, more precise cut,” said Matt Beaver, Superintendent at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge. “The machines definitely helped us keep things competitive during the week.”

The greenkeeping team at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge use Eclipse 118F and Eclipse2 walking greens mowers on the greens, helping them achieve consistently fast greens. Jacobsen Eclipse 322 and the Ipswich-built GP-400 riding greens mowers are used on the approaches and SLF-1880 fairway mowers on the fairways. The roughs, left to grow to 90mm for the tournament, are typically trimmed by Jacobsen’s AR-522 rotary mowers.

“Superintendent Matt Beaver and Equipment Manager Albert Sizemore do a wonderful job at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge,” said David Withers, President of Jacobsen. “Our job is to provide them with the tools they need to present world-class conditions. Working together, we delivered on that and the results were proven on a world stage.”

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:www.textron.com.

Peter Driver, PR Officer, Ransomes


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