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Lely's Newton brings 'insider knowledge'

Rockliffe Hall man switches to Toro sales team

Lelf Turfcare says the appointment of Pete Newton will only act to strengthen its Toro irrigation and Otterbine aeration sales team.

Newton, who was the course manager at Rockliffe Hall golf course, joined the team in mid-April, bringing with him a wealth of sector knowledge and experience. He will be covering Scotland and north England for Toro irrigation golf and sports sales, and nationwide for Otterbine sales.

 “Throughout my 19 years as a greenkeeper, I’ve been working with Toro and Otterbine and know them inside out, so it’s fantastic, knowing how good these products are, to now have the opportunity to work directly with the brands,” said Newton.

“I hope my overall greenkeeping experiences, not only in irrigation but across all aspects of the job, will help people improve their surfaces. The greenkeeping community are great at helping each other with new ideas, so I look forward to advising others and passing on my knowledge.

“The chance to remain working within the turf industry, yet with a more diverse range of sports, is what initially attracted me to the job. Also, knowing how good the range of Toro irrigation systems is, especially the Infinity sprinklers, drew me to the position.

“I am looking forward to meeting turf professionals in other sports and sharing my experiences of using Toro products. The opportunity to educate and train others on irrigation will be really interesting.”

Newton began his career as a trainee greenkeeper at Rochdale Golf Club in 1997. He built up experience on numerous courses, including the Brabazon Course at The Belfry, before joining Rockliffe Hall in 2008 as head greenkeeper.

Robert Jackson, irrigation field sales manager at Lely Turfcare, said: “Pete is very well-networked in the greenkeeping circles. Couple that with his background and knowledge of the industry, and we believe he’ll do fantastically well in his new role.

“Pete really understands course conditions, and will be able to advise from an agronomic and irrigation point of view.”

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