Troon International, the international division of Troon, named Clinton Southorn its new director of construction and agronomy, effective from the beginning of October when he will take over from 20-year Troon veteran Robin Evans.
Southorn has more than 20 years of experience in the golf and turf industry, 18 of them with Troon. He worked at Brookwater Golf & Country Club in his native Australia before moving to Fiji and the Azores, to growing in Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and Agalarov Golf Estates, The Els Club Dubai, and most recently the cluster director of agronomy across Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and Yas Links Abu Dhabi.
“We are extremely fortunate to have some exceptionally talented team members working within the agronomy portfolio,” Southorn said. “The importance and focus will be to continue working closely with the associates to support them at their respective facilities and help them grow, along with the reputations of the Troon International Facility portfolio. Showcasing the importance of working with our owners, partners, and team members, makes for a privileged position and one I’m truly excited about starting.”
Evans will be on hand to impart his own invaluable expertise of more than 40 years in the industry. Evans held superintendent positions at the Whistler Golf Club in Canada, Sanctuary Cove Resort in Australia and Sutera Harbour Resort in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, where he oversaw the construction through to operations. His first role with Troon was to supervise the construction of the Greg Norman-designed Brookwater Golf & Country Club, before relocating to Dubai in 2001 to take on the superintendent role prior to the opening of the Montgomerie Golf Club Dubai. Since moving into the corporate office, he has been involved in the development, construction, and agronomy services to more than 30 projects across at least 10 countries including the UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and India, where his experience has been instrumental in creating world-class resorts.
“Over the past 20 years, Robin has built up a strong, highly respected professional reputation in the region and has been successful in increasing the Troon portfolio of world class facilities through the Troon International division,” Troon International executive vice president Mark Chapleski said. “Having the support of Robin and a close working relationship over the past 16 years, we say goodbye to a great friend and a true Troon rock star.”