Paul Wesselingh tops Order of Merit with Taiwan win

With only the MCB Tour Championship left to play, Paul Wesselingh has moved to the top of the European Senior Tour Order of Merit following a win at the Fubon Senior Open in Taiwan.

Paul Wesselingh

Paul Wesselingh

The Englishman has pushed Denmark’s Steen Tinning into second place in the Order of Merit, promising to make the fight for the coveted John Jacobs Trophy at the MCB Championship a dramatic one.

The MCB Tour Championship is held at Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius in December and its prize fund of €400,000 could make the crucial difference in deciding which player gets to raise the trophy.

Wesselingh is reported as saying, ‘It’s great to be back on top of the Order of Merit with a nice lead. It’s going to be between me and Steen to win. I love to play in Mauritius and it’s going to be a very exciting event.’

Wesslingh won the Fubon Senior Open at the Miramar Golf and Country Club in Taiwan with a one shot victory over home favourite Le Wen-the.

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Top chef Robert Speth to create exclusive dinners for Constance guests

Guests at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage will have the exciting opportunity to savour the food of world famous chef Robert Speth when he visits Mauritius next week.

Robert Speth

Michelin-starred chef Robert Speth

The Michelin-starred chef is returning to the island having participated alongside other leading European chefs in this year’s Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival held at Belle Mare Plage.

Speth, chef at the prestigious Chesery in Gstaad, will be creating two sumptuous signature dinners exclusively for Constance guests to enjoy on 15 and 16 November.

With his emphasis on elegantly simple cuisine created around the very best, freshest ingredients this will be a delicious treat for everyone lucky enough to attend.

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Bloggers discover #UltimateMauritius with Constance Hotels & Resorts

We’ve invited 4 leading travel bloggers from the UK, US and South Africa to visit us and tell the story of the Constance experience through their own eyes.

Uncover the beauty, flavours and colours of Mauritius in the words of four leading bloggers as they take you with them on an adventure of discovery around the island.

#UltimateMauritius

Join our guest bloggers on a journey of discovery

Getting underway at Constance Le Prince Maurice this weekend you can follow their #UltimateMauritius adventures on Instagram, Twitter , Facebook and their blogs.

Our guest bloggers are:

Peter Parkorr of Travel Unmasked (@PeterParkorr)

Peter gave up his day job to dedicate his life to his true passion, travelling. His blog aims to share that passion and inspire others to take to the open road.

Ishay Govender of Food and the Fabulous (@FoodandtheFab)

Winner of the Best Food and Wine Blog 2011, South African food and travel writer Ishay claims that it is making the connection between food, culture and tradition that fires her passion for travel.

Kim-Marie Evans of Luxury Travel Mom (@LuxuryTravelMom)

Luxury travel writer and mother of four, Kim-Marie believes that exotic travel does not end with having kids. She’s travelled and reviewed luxury holidays with her family from as far afield as Rwanda to the South of France.

Kirsten Alana of Aviators and a camera
 (@KirstenAlana)

Photographer and travel writer Kirsten gave up a humdrum job and unsatisfying life to travel the world and have adventures. She sees her travel blog as a way of giving back by inspiring her readers to live the life they dream about.

Follow and join the conversation with Peter, Ishay, Kim-Marie and Kirsten on their adventures – they’ll be posting on their blogs, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using #UltimateMauritius as they discover the beautiful island of Mauritius.

Recipe: Palm kernal salad, Chinese guava sorbet

In this recipe, the crunchy palm kernal goes perfectly with the Chinese guava, the little fruit that is in great demand when in season in Mauritius, as well as with the acidity and freshness of the sorbet. It makes a very refreshing starter.

Constance Belle Mare Plage

Constance Belle Mare Plage

Ingredients (Serves 4)

The palm salad:

  • 1 fresh palm
  • 1 semi-ripe mango
  • 1 bunch of chives
  • 10g pink ginger confit
  • 40ml lemon juice
  • 15ml mature olive oil
  • Tabasco: to taste

1. With a small paring knife, peel the palm kernel. Just keep the edible portion of the heart.

2.Peel the mango and cut it into cubes of half a centimetre. Save it.

3. Finely chop the chives. Chop the pink ginger.

The Chinese guava sorbet:

  • 500g guava puree
  • 100ml red wine
  • 130g glucose
  • 4g cinnamon
  • 3g green cardamom
  • 4g stabiliset for sorbet
  • 150ml water
  • 40g sugar

1. After weighing all the ingredients, put them together in a saucepan. Bring them to the boil and remove them from the heat. Let them infuse for 15 minutes and then pass them through a cheesecloth strainer (a Chinois).

2. Allow the preparation to cool in the fridge for 24 hours. Cream the sorbet and store in the freezer.

The vanilla oil:

  • 1 pod of Madagascan vanilla
  • 50ml olive oil
  • salt/pepper

1. Split the vanilla pod in two. Collect the seeds and add them to the olive oil. Cut the rest of the stick into strips and dry it in the over for 24 hours.

Finishing and presentation

Fresh mint: to taste

Sea salt: to taste

Chop the palm heart into 3mm thick pieces. Put in a cap with lemon juice, chopped ginger, mango cubes and chopped chives. Season with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and a dash of Tabasco. Mix it well and serve it up in a cold deep dish. Add a scoop of guava sorbet on top, a sprig of mint and a little chopped vanilla. Finish it off with a few drops of vanilla oil and a little sea salt on the kernel salad.

Sommelier’s suggested wine

Dry white wine:

  • Saumur, “L’Insolite”, Domaine des Roches Neuves, 2010 France
  • Crozes-Hermitage, Domaine Combier, 2008 France

 

 

Brown is singing in the rain after Dutch Senior Open victory

Simon P Brown has won his second European Senior Tour title in adverse weather conditions at the Dutch Senior Open.

Simon P Brown

Simon P Brown (Getty images)

Torrential rain on the first day of play and over night on the second at the International in Amsterdam led to the tournament being halted, granting the English-born Brown victory after only two days play.

This is Brown’s first season in the European Senior Tour. The victory puts him fourth in the Order of Merit which could secure him a place in the top six at the end of the Tour, earning him an exemption to all the Senior Majors of 2014.

With just one event to go before the MCB Championship, held in Mauritius at Constance Belle Mare Plage in December, Steen Tinning still has his eye on the Jacobs Trophy, leading the Order of Merit by just under €10,000 ahead of the nearest contender Paul Wesselingh.

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Danish Iron Man Steen Tinning wins again

Danish golfer Steen Tinning secured his second victory of the season at the English Senior Open last weekend.

Legend Golf Course, Mauritius

Legend Golf Course, Mauritius

The win takes him to the top of the Order of Merit with only three events remaining making him a serious contender for first place at the MCB Championship held at Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius in December.

This is Tinning’s first season in the European Tour but being a rookie didn’t stop him fending off Santiago Luna of Spain for a one stroke victory at Rockliffe Hall.

Tinning claimed his Iron Man training gave him an edge helping him to stay focused and finish at 17 under par in front of a crowd of more than 2,000 spectators.

Read the full story of Tinning’s exciting victory on the European Tour website.