Rausch has been the business editor since September 2008, previously serving as senior business reporter. He joined the Chronicle in April 2007. He has written for newspapers in Napoleon, Ohio, Moline, Ill., and Lima, Ohio. He holds a bachelor of science in journalism from Ohio University (1992). In 2006, he received a second place award in business writing from the Association Press in Ohio.
Posted January 17, 2014 04:45 pm

Club Car will unveil advanced Precedent

When Club Car gets to the golf industry’s major shows this month and in February, it will have more than just a new utility vehicle to show off.


The Evans-based golf car company has a new version of its Precedent to unveil. Its the first golf car with a built-in computer screen and technology that lets it connect to its owner.


Precedent i3 will be shown at the PGA Merchandise Show, which is Wednesday through Friday in Orlando, Fla., and the Golf Industry Show, Feb. 1-6, also in Orlando.


From the screen on the golf car, the new Precedent connects the golf car fleet to the golf operation via computer, smartphone or tablet, as well as with golfers throughout their round. What golf course operators want to know is the status of the car’s battery and other maintenance-related data.


For the golfer, the screen relays the distance to the pin, weather alerts and messages from the clubhouse – such as warnings when the cart gets to restricted areas.


Golfers can also make orders to the golf shop or beverage cart through their golf car.


Club Car introduced Visage, which is a mobile information system, in 2004.


The new golf car builds on that technology to make the car “connected.”


“Machines that interact with the businesses and customers they were designed to serve become more than machines. Effectively, they are smart tools capable of supporting business objectives. That’s what makes the new Precedent i3 a true business resource for our customers,” said Club Car President and CEO Marc Dufour.


Other than the technology, the Precedent isn’t much different than other years except for the new electrical charging system – they call it E.R.I.C. – that gets an efficiency rating of 91 percent.


WEINBERGER’S ADDS: Weinberger’s Office Supply purchased Carter Blanchard Office Supply and hired its team.


Former owner Tonya Carter Blanchard is retiring.


NEW COLLABORATION: VeryVera announced a collaboration with the regionally renown event planning and catering company, Epting Events. The pairing will allow both companies to expand services.


“I have known Lee Epting for years and have always admired Epting Events panache, fare, and exquisite event design and execution,” said Vera Stewart, founder and CEO of VeryVera.


“Epting events is a class act and I look forward to our future endeavors.”