IN BRIEF

ProLink buys out international distributor

ProLink Solutions, the world’s leading provider of Global Positioning Satellite (“GPS”) golf course management systems and digital out-of-home oncourse advertising, has agreed to buy 100 percent of the outstanding shares of its international distributing company, Elumina. The acquisition is anticipated to close no later than November 30, 2007.
Elumina has installed the ProLink system at more than 150 golf courses throughout Europe and the Middle East and holds the dominant presence in Europe with over 80% market share.

Elumina’s founders Kevin Clarke and Mark Smart will become co-CEOs of the international entities for ProLink, responsible for all sales and operations outside of North America.

Walker scoops PING award

Scotsman Ian Walker has been named PING’s top European Sales Rep of the Year. Walker joined PING in 1998 and has covered the Scottish region since. His award is on the back of two years of sustained sales growth. Walker, who plays of scratch at Turnberry, is the first UK-based rep to win the accolade.

Meanwhile, PING have created a Micro-website dedicated specifically to the new G10 and i10 series of golf clubs launched in August. www.pingpowerof10.com explains the technology behind each club in the series, club specs, product animations and videos featuring PING engineers describing the technology behind the new products.

Crown Golf named Best Golf Group

Crown Golf, the UK’s largest golf course operator, has been named Golf Group of the Year 2007 at the recent Clubhouse Awards.

The award was given for the ability to create and sustain standards across its entire portfolio. “Overall, Crown Golf shone though as a superbly managed golf group, with the financial back-up to set it apart from the rest,” said Caroline Scoular, editor of awards organisers Clubhouse magazine.

New Swedish distributor for HI-TEC

HI-TEC have announced a new partnership with Swedish company Professional Back Up AB for the distribution of their golf footwear.

Professional Back Up, founded in 1993, has a respected and proud history within the Swedish Golf market, distributing other admired brands including Adams golf, Kartel, Voit, Big Max Golf and Burton

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