Make mine a double, says Italian Tosi

Italian Franco Tosi landed an outstanding double in the Air Mauritius Amateur Trophy at the Links course last week.

Franco Tosi wins Air Mauritius Amateur Trophy

Franco Tosi

The scratch golfer comfortably maintained his advantage in the Gross (0-9 handicap) category, scoring the day’s best 37 points in the third round.

Five strokes back came runner-up Ludovic Bax, of Mauritius, with another Italian, Niccolo De Lucis and England’s Marcus
Ferguson Jones joint third on 103 points.

Tosi’s 37 points haul also earned him top spot in the Net event, in which he overhauled nine-handicap Olivier Lagesse, from Mauritius, by two points after Lagesse could manage only 34 points.

England’s Steve Hurst came out on top in the Gross 10-18 handicap category.

The 10-handicapper dropped only five strokes to sign for 31 points, six more than Sydney Lasri, of Mauritius, to gain the verdict on countback after both had a total of 69 points.

Frenchman Jacob Chekib (h15) took the Net 10-18 handicap section title after his 34 points saw him home by two points over
Mauritian Mark Cridland (h13),

Italy’s Giuliana Colavito was never under threat in the Ladies’ Gross competition and extended her winning margin to 15 points
over Ginger Delacretaz, of Mauritius.

A final round 34 in the Net category was just enough to secure the title for Priscille Li Yuen Fong (h18), but only on
countback from fellow Mauritian Prabha Saddul (h9) after both finished on 100 points.

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Catch me if you can, says runaway leader David Frost

David Frost will take a four-shot lead into Sunday’s final round of the MCB Tour Championship after another efficient performance in the second round on the Constance Belle Mare Plage Legend course.

David Frost

David Frost

And with the 53-year-old South African in such ruthless form, the question being asked is can anyone catch him?

After opening with an eight-under-par 64 to lead compatriot Steve Van Vuuren by three strokes, Frost extended his lead with a competent five-under 67.

‘I hit a lot of good shots out there today,’ he said. ‘I really played well. I missed a couple of short putts but made some long ones, so it all evens itself out.’

That is not something his playing partners, American Tim Thelen and England’s Barry Lanewill want to hear.

They will have a close view of his game but that may not provide any inspiration, given the form he is in.

As Frost’s fellow countryman Van Vuuren fell away on the second day with a disappointing 73, it was Thelen who emerged as the closest rival.

He made three birdies and an eagle to match Frost’s 67 but lost the chance of a crucial birdie, or better, at the 18th when his pulled drive struck a tree and he had to settle for a par.

That said, Thelen is looking forward to the final round.

‘They are two great players and two great gentlemen,’ he said. ‘All I can do is play the best I can and see what happens.’

Lane starts the final round five strokes off the pace after a 66 that contained seven birdies in the final 13 holes.

He dropped a shot at the fourth but then his putter began to warm up and  he closed his round in impressive fashion.

One stroke back on seven under after a superb 68 is the phenomenon known as Jerry Bruner.  The veteran American made five birdies after a dropped shot at the fourth to lead the penultimate group that includes Rookie-of-the-Year Paul Wesselingh and last year’s order-of-merit champion Peter Fowler.

Englishman Wesselingh carded the day’s best score, a colourful seven-under 65 that included an eagle, at the par-five sixth, eight birdies and three bogeys.

Read more about Frost taking the lead on Day 1 of the MCB Tour Championship, or catch up on all the latest news from the event on the MCB Tour Championship website.

 

Birdie man Frost gets away to flying start at MCB

The MCB Tour Championship could be in danger of becoming a procession if South African David Frost produces another round of golf like his opener on the Belle Mare Plage Legend course today.

David Frost at MCB Tour Championship, Mauritius

David Frost

Frost, who was runner-up in the tournament to Tom Lehman 12 months ago and had won the MCB Senior Open over the same course in 2010, was on supreme form, making nine birdies on his way to a magnificent eight-under-par 64.

The 53-year-old who spends most of his time on the US Champions Tour, had only one blemish on his card as he built up a three-stroke lead to take into the second day. That was at the tricky par-four 12th, where he pulled his approach to the left of the green and failed to get up and down.

Otherwise, it was Frost at his most confident as he birdied four of the first six holes, added another at the eighth, picked up three more in a row from the 13th and rounded the performance off with birdie number nine at the 18th.

‘I am very happy with that,’ he said. ‘I made some nice putts and I got lucky with one from 35 feet at the third. Otherwise I hit the ball close and made the putts.

The Legend golf course

‘The greens are in fabulous condition and that made putting enjoyable. The course has improved a lot over the last two years and there is not so much grain on the greens as in the past. But ‘it’s never over until it’s over and I’ve played enough to know you can’t take anything for granted in this game.

Constance Legend golf course, Mauritius

Constance Legend golf course

‘Tom had a great start last year but I managed to catch him and had a chance to tie him on the last hole, and I came back against Roger Chapman and won in a play-off in 2010. I had been leading before that but then Roger put pressure on me.

‘That’s how the game can affect you. It’s a good start but I have to keep playing and stick to my game plan.”

Steve Van Vuuren in second spot

Another South African starts the second day tomorrow, Saturday 8 December, in second spot. Steve Van Vuuren signed for a five-under-par 67 that included six birdies and he said it was the change to a belly putter that had made the difference to his game. Van Vuuren followed the advice of Ian Woosnam and tried the putter out for the first time in the South African Senior Masters and promptly took the title.

‘I switched to a belly putter last week. It was the first time I had tried it and it worked nicely again today.’

Tim Thelen in 3rd

American Tim Thelen lies one stroke back in third place, despite being less than comfortable throughout most of his round of 68.
‘I’m pleased with my score. I putted well, otherwise I would not have had a 68,’ said the three-times 2012 winner who had a mixed card of seven birdies and three bogies.

‘I couldn’t find my swing for the first nine holes and it wasn’t until the 15th that it suddenly felt good and I finished much better with birdies at 17 and 18. If I can start that way in the morning I’ll be a lot happier.’

Popular American Jerry Bruner sent out a reminder that there is still life in the old dog yet with a creditable three-under-par 69 to share fourth place with Australian Peter Fowler and Englishmen George Ryall and John Gould.

Tough start for Lehman and Chapman

But there were disappointing starts for favourite Tom Lehman and double Major winner Roger Chapman. There were five birdies for Chapman but an ugly double-bogey at the 12th spoiled a promising card and he finished at two-under, level with Barry Lane who is aiming to consolidate his position in second place in the order-of-merit.

And defending champion Lehman had a difficult time on the greens, relying on a final-hole birdie to finish with a one-under-par 71.

‘I didn’t putt well. It was as simple as that. I was playing pretty well, except for hitting a bad three-iron at 16, but all the other
bogies were three-putts. I found the greens faster than last year and it was difficult for me. But I won with a 71 in the last round a year ago so there’s a glimmer of hope.’

Catch up with all the news from the championship on the MCB Tour Championship website.

Winner of our golf competition to win a Kindle Fire

Thanks to everyone who entered our Facebook golf competition to win a Kindle Fire.

This week we were at Hole 7 on the Constance Legend golf course. The ball is plugged in the bunker, with 10m to the flag and the wind is coming strongly from the right.

Watch the short video of our golf pro playing each of the 3 shots, and find out which one gets closest to the flag.

And the winner is…..

Congratulations to this week’s winner Joanne Wildhaber. We’ll be in contact with you very soon to arrange delivering your prize of a Kindle Fire.

Last week’s results

If you missed the results from the last 4 weeks, visit our Facebook page to watch the videos and find out which shots were correct.

MCB Tour Championship

The MCB Tour Championship is currently taking place at Constance Belle Mare Plage, from 7-9 December. Catch up with all the latest news, draws and results on the MCB Tour Championship website.

Winners of the Constance Pro-Am golf tournament

Two of the leading candidates for the MCB Tour Championship, Roger Chapman and Gary Wolstenholme, warmed up for the event by collecting prizes in the Constance Hotels Pro-Am.

Constance Pro-Am winners (Net) at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Constance Pro-Am winners, Net category

Wolstenholme picked up where Chapman had left off at the Links on the opening day to guide the trio of Nigel Lewis, Kevin Woolhouse and Garry Brandt into first place in the Net category.

The team was two points off the overnight leaders after their 88 points with Chapman at the Links but an impressive 92 points on the Legend with Wolstenholme saw them home from the fast-finishing David Frost quartet.

The South African helped his team of Ali Schatz, Claudia Franzen and Philipp Franzen into second place , two points behind the leaders, after they posted 96 points on the Legend, the best score of the day.

Jean Pierre Sallat had led the team on the previous day at the Links where they scored 82 points.

Third place, two points further in arrears went to Nicolas Neyraud, Pascal Delgrange and Valerie Challier, who were partnered by Sebastien Delagrange at the Legend in the first round for 90 points and by Jean Damien Yvet, with 86 points in round two at the Links.

The Gross category saw the team led by former Ryder Cup man Peter Baker come from behind to take the main prize.

Constance Pro-Am winners (Gross) at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Constance Pro-Am winners, Gross category

Lying second after playing with Gary Emerson and accumulating 77 points on the Legend course, Jean Francois Vallet, Sylvia Valli and Ian Espitalier Noel teamed up with ex-Ryder Cup man Peter Baker to make 81 points at the Links.

That was enough to secure first place, two points ahead of the Chapman-Wolstenholme combination that had taken the Net title.

Overnight leaders Valerie Raffray, Razia Moollan and Natalie Serret, who were partnered at the Legend by Emerson, were joined on the second day by Steve Cipa and he helped to ensure they claimed third place, albeit six points behind the eventual winners.

Take a look at the full results of the Pro-Am 2012 Final Team results in Gross (without handicap)

Daily catch up from the MCB Tour Championship

As the clock ticks to tee off on Friday 7 December, when the MCB Tour Championship at Constance Belle Mare Plage gets underway, we’re bringing you daily updates from the Legend golf course.

Roger Chapman at MCB Tour Championship, Mauritius

Roger Chapman

Get the inside track on who’s who at the championship with our daily golf gazette

Take a look at the full draw for round 1 at the MCB Tour Championship, where Roger Chapman and defending champion Tom Lehman have been paired together.

And for more news and daily articles, visit the MCB Tour Championship website.