Troon appoints Clinton Southorn
The world’s largest golf management company, Troon International, the international division of Troon, has announced the appointment of Clinton southorn as the new director of construction and agronomy of the organization.
Beginning in early October, he succeeds Robin Evans, former industry veteran and 20-year Troon veteran.
Mark Chapleski, Executive Vice President, Troon International’s commented “While we are extremely sad to see Robin leave the office, we are delighted for him and his retirement which will see him return to Australia with his wife Jan. Clinton has been a rockstar for us in the field for many years. many years and we look forward to him making the transition to head office and supporting our talented agronomists and owners in our regions.
Clinton has over 20 years of golf and turf industry experience, 18 of which with Troon; from Brookwater Golf & Country Club in his native Australia, moving to Fiji and the Azores, growing to Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and Agalarov Golf Estates, The Els Club Dubai, and finally being the Cluster Director of Agronomy within from Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and Yas Links Abu Dhabi.
In view of his new role within Troon International, Clinton said: âI am very proud and delighted to start the new role of Director of Construction and Agronomy, Troon International. We are extremely fortunate to have exceptionally talented team members working within the Agronomy portfolio. The importance and goal will be to continue to work closely with associates to support them in their respective facilities and help them grow, as well as the reputation of Troon’s international facilities portfolio. Showing the importance of working with our owners, partners and team members is a privileged position and I am really excited to start.
Clinton will begin her new role in October, with Robin Evans on hand to pass on his own invaluable expertise from over 40 years in the industry. Robin has held superintendent positions at Whistler Golf Club, Canada, Sanctuary Cove Resort, Australia, and Sutera Harbor Resort in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, where he oversaw construction through operations. Robin’s first role with Troon was to oversee the construction of the Brookwater Golf & Country Club designed by Greg Norman, before moving to Dubai in 2001 to take on the role of Superintendent before the Montgomerie Golf Club Dubai opened. Since arriving at Headquarters, Robin has been involved in the development, construction and agronomic services of over 30 projects in over 10 countries including United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and India, where his experience was decisive. in creating world-class resorts.
Speaking of the influence Robin has had on the entire Troon International agronomic team, Mark said: âOver the past 20 years Robin has built a solid professional reputation that is highly respected in the region and has managed to increase the portfolio of class facilities through the Troon International division. Having Robin’s support and a close working relationship over the past 16 years, we say goodbye to a great friend and true rockstar Troon.