The countdown to this year’s season-ending European Senior Tour Championship in Mauritius is well under way. Constance Belle Mare Plage is preparing to add another chapter to its distinguished history.
The 54-hole MCB Senior Tour Championship takes place from 9-11 December 2011. It provides the climax to a week-long programme of golf competition that includes a pro-am and a number of amateur tournaments.
Who’ll be playing this year?
The closing date for entry to the tournament is late November. Among those who have already confirmed their attendance are:
- David Frost – last year’s MCB Open champion
- Roger Chapman – runner-up
- Peter Fowler – current European Senior Tour order-of-merit leader
- Mike Cunning – the winner of the 2010 Tour Championship
- Sam Torrance – successful Ryder Cup player and captain
- Carl Mason – the Senior Tour’s leading career earner
- Boonchu Ruangkit – last season’s order-of-merit winner
- Kevin Sturgeon – 2009 MCB Open champion.
In addition, Welshman Mark Mouland, a recent winner in Portugal in his first year on the Senior Tour, will be relishing a return to the Legend course where, in 2002 and 2003, he won the Mauritius Open in its original format as an end-of-year invitation event.
History of the event
It’s just 2 years since Constance Hotels Experience and the Mauritius Commercial Bank joined forces to stage the first of 2 hugely successful Senior Tour events on the Belle Mare Plage Legend golf course.
This year, the partnership is hosting the lucrative MCB Senior Tour Championship - the season’s finale. Entry is restricted to the leading earners on this year’s European Senior Tour and past winners of a major or seniors’ major.
Adding extra interest this year will be the presentation of the prestigious John Jacobs Trophy to the player who finishes top of the Senior Tour order-of-merit.
Twelve months ago that honour went to Boonchu Ruangkit from Thailand, but this year’s recipient may not be decided until the final putt has been sunk in the Tour Championship.
Not that the Legend course is any stranger to final round drama. It has a long history of producing the unexpected, as Roger Chapman, Welshman Phillip Price and a number of other players will testify.
Results and news from the tournament
During the event, we’ll be posting up-to-the-minute news on this blog and the Constance Facebook page.
Results, reports and features will also appear each day on the official MCB Tour Championship website.
Article written by Neil Webber, golf journalist.