What Seve can teach Ryder captains...

...a great deal about Club Car driving!

Bob Warters's picture
Fri, 24 May 2002

In his current form Seve Ballesteros shouldn’t be giving driving lessons, but Sam Torrance and Curtis Strange could learn a thing or two from the former Open and US Masters champion.

But he won’t need a club in his hand to teach this year’s Ryder Cup captains all he knows – merely a steering wheel.

In 1997 at Valderrama the legendary Spaniard was an inspiration as he careered around the course in his Club Carbuggy cajoling and inspiring his players to victory against the US.

Often with Miguel Angel Jimenez ‘riding shotgun’ he knew every short cut through the secret tunnels of the Spanish course in order to keep up with play and make sure he was visible to his team at all times.

His speed and handling of the chunky-wheeled buggies – appropriately built at Club Car’s headquarters in Augusta, Georgia – would have put many a rally driver to shame.

This year at The Belfry, Torrance and Strange will be at the wheel of Club Car’s latest 'IQ' DS buggies to ensure they are in the thick of the action at crucial stages of the key matches. Club Car fleets will also be found at The K Club and The Celtic Manor where the Ryder Cup will take place in 2006 and 2010 respectively.

Jim McKenzie (left) with Kevin Hart (Club Car).

Indeed Celtic Manor, have recently agreed a deal for 27 golf cars plus two Villager people transporters, completing a 110-strong fleet, one of the largest in Europe.

Jim McKenzie, director of golf at The Celtic Manor says: "Club Car are the leaders in their field and as a future Ryder Cup venue it makes perfect sense to have a partnership with the official Ryder Cup golf car. Their vehicles will also be seen when we host the Wales Open later this year."

They'll need them, too as the Welsh course is one of the country's most demanding and undulating.

The IQ system controls vehicle speed, acceleration and braking programmed into each vehicle, to maximise driver comfort and safety. Other features include a rust proof, lightweight aluminium frame and Armorflex.

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