Paul Wesselingh has won his second tournament of the season following a dramatic play-off at the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open with former MCB Champion Kevin Spurgeon.
The two British golfers battled it out on the Swiss Bad Ragaz course with Spurgeon ultimately drawing level with Wesselingh forcing the pair to play extra holes. It was only a birdie on the third extra hole, the 18th, which secured the win for Wesselingh.
Kevin Spurgeon is no stranger to dramatic battles having fought hard to win the MCB Tour Championship held in Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius, back in 2009.
This latest win places Wesselingh at the top of the European Senior Tour Order of Merit after just four events this year.
Keep up-to-date with all the news from the Senior Tour leading up to this year’s MCB Tour Championship.
Legend Golf Course, Constance Belle Mare Plage
The MCB Tour Championship website includes the latest news, player profiles, scores, calendar of events and history of the championship.
The MCB Tour Championship, to be held 9-15 December in Mauritius at Constance Belle Mare Plage, is the final event in the Senior Tour calendar.
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Amateurs eager to get in the action of this prestigious golfing event can now apply through the entry form posted on the website. Entries are being accepted for the Constance Hotels Pro Am (11-12 Dec 2013) and the Air Mauritius Trophy (9,10,14 Dec).
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Phil Golding is celebrating after his victory at the Speedy Services Wales Senior Open this weekend, 15-16 June.
Legend Golf Course, Mauritius
The 50-year-old Englishman played a storming last round at the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club to finish five under par and collect the £37,500 prize money, beating home favourite Ian Woosman.
Winner of the Mauritius Open back in 1996, Golding returned to the island last year when he qualified to compete in the MCB Tour Championship, held at Constance Belle Mare Plage, for the first time.
On his current form we look forward to welcoming him back to Mauritius for the MCB Championship again this December.
For more information on Golding’s win and to keep up to date with all the news from the European Senior Tour visit the European Tour website.
Last week saw the exciting visit of Marie Lapierre of Domaine Marcel Lapierre to Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage for a wine tasting evening and fine wine training event.
Wines from Marcel Lapierre
Marie was accompanied by her daughter Camille, and together they introduced us to their stunning reds from the Château Cambon and the Vin de France Raisin Gaulois 2012.
Marie explained to our team of Constance sommeliers how the Domaine vines have been cultivated organically since 1981, and about how the wines are made in carbonic maceration.
The wines are light and fruity and can be enjoyed with fish, chicken, goats cheese, charcuterie or as an aperitif. Guests joined our sommeliers to taste the wines and find out more about Domaine Marcel Lapierre.
Find out more about the wine evening: Marie Lapierre of Domaine Marcel Lapierre visits Mauritius
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Visit Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage
Sommelier wine training with Marie Lapierre
Delores Malin tasting Morgon of Domaine Lapierre
Explore a dramatic landscape hewn from volcanoes and softened by verdant nature with a trek through Mauritius’ mountainous interior.
Moka Range, Mauritius
Take a break from sun bathing and discover mountain hiking in Mauritius, exploring the stunning beauty of an island sculptured by nature into an array of mountainous peaks, waterfalls and tropical valleys, many of which are protected within national parks.
The three mountain ranges on Mauritius offer a variety of short and longer hikes, from easy to the more challenging.
These peaks aren’t high in comparison to major mountain ranges of the world but the views are breathtaking and the chance to see more of the island is one not to be missed.
Take your pick from the Moka range in the east near Port Louis, the Black River range in the south-west and the Grand Port in the south-east.
With peaks ranging from 480 to 828m many can be explored with a good map and some walking boots but some of the more challenging peaks will need a guide.
The very best mountain hikes include:
- Le Pouce – Despite being one of the tallest peaks on the island at 811m the walk up Le Pouce is one of the easiest making it perfect for those looking for spectacular views without too much difficulty. Situated in the Moka range it overlooks the capital Port Louis with 360º views around the island.
Constance Le Prince Maurice
- Lion Mountain – For those looking for more of a challenge Lion Mountain in the south east, named because locals thought the mountain resembled the creature, is only 480m but is a longer, slightly more difficult hike. The half-day trek is well worth it for the stunning views of the lagoon when you reach the summit.
- Black River Peak – Surprisingly the highest peak on the island at 828m is also considered one of the easiest hikes and one of the most scenic. Most of the walk is along a ridge through beautiful endemic trees and plants with a stunning view across the island and the west coast from the summit.
- The Corps de Garde – For those looking for a serious challenge a hike up this 780m peak on the west of the island will get your pulse racing. A secluded, remote hike through basalt rock and tropical plant life gives stunning views over the ocean and the mountains of the Casela Nature Park in the south.
When Oliver Gunning of Your Golf Travel chose Belle Mare Plage as his honeymoon destination, he was looking for a resort that ticked all the boxes for his non-golf playing wife, as well as offering the opportunity for him to indulge in his passion for the sport.
Legend golf course
Writing on the 19th Hole blog, Oliver writes of the 5* Mauritian resort:
‘… if you are looking to take your golf clubs on honeymoon, it is hard to find a better place to do so than Belle Mare Plage. The varied activities, stunning beach side location and exceptional golf on offer make it very clear why so many come here for their golf holidays in Mauritius.’
Read the full review on the 19th Hole blog:
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