Mark Davis battles windy conditions to win SSE Scottish Senior Open

Wind was Mark Davis’ major adversary at the SSE Scottish Senior Open but the gusts of over 25 miles an hour couldn’t stop him from finishing five under par to win the title.

Golf at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Golf at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

The win was the Englishman’s first victory on the European Senior Tour after only three starts and makes him the sixth youngest winner in Senior Tour history.

The SSE Scottish Senior Open at Fairmont St Andrews brings the European Senior Tour a step closer to its finale, the MCB Tour Championship held at Constance Belle Mare Plage in December.

Despite the win, Colin Montgomerie remains at the head of the European Senior Tour order of merit.

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Top 5 reasons to play golf in Mauritius

Ever since the first golf course was built here by Royal Navy officers in 1844 people with a passion for golf have been drawn to Mauritius to play the game. And here’s why…

Golf in Mauritius

Golf in Mauritius

1. Championship courses

There are no less than six 18-hole championship courses for keen golfers to play in Mauritius including the Legend golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage, home to the annual MCB Tour Championship, the conclusion to the PGA European Senior Tour.

2. First rate pros on hand to improve your game

Take advantage of the high quality golf pros in Mauritius on hand to improve all aspects of your game. Guests at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage can take group or individual lessons at the on-site Marc Farry Golf Academy where the golf coaches specialise in improving grip, posture, alignment and ball position.

3. A choice of 5* hotels and resorts

Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly resort with a variety of sporting and leisure facilities or a luxury boutique hotel with a world-class spa, Mauritius is the place to head. Enjoy the understated elegance of Constance Le Prince Maurice with sumptuous spa and excellent fine dining or the relaxed vibrancy of Constance Belle Mare Plage with its 7 restaurants, 5 bars, spa and a raft of fun activities. Both share access to our two spectacular 18-hole golf courses, the Links and Legend.

4. Plenty of après-golf to enjoy

Enjoy superb gastro experiences, scuba diving, water sports or just lounging on the beach with a cocktail. After a hard day on the fairways golfers can soothe tired muscles with a special ‘Sports Massage’ at our relaxing spa.

5. Warm Mauritius sunshine

Last but not least it is the sublime weather in Mauritius that attracts golfers to our shores all year round. The Mauritian summer (October to April) brings long hot days (26ºC to 32ºC) with the occasional rainfall coming in short, sharp bursts that clear to reveal beautiful blue skies. Winter (May to September) brings drier, cooler days with temperatures ranging from 20ºC to 26ºC, perfect for long leisurely days on the golf course.

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Colin Montogmerie’s Open victory takes him one step closer to Mauritius

The European Senior Golf Tour is hotting up as Colin Montgomerie wins his second Major of the season at the US Senior Open Championship.

Will Colin Montogmerie be gracing the Legend this December?

Will Colin Montogmerie be gracing the Legend this December?

The win puts Montogmerie at the head of the order of merit and in a good position to play for the MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius this December.

The Tour Championship will be held at Constance Belle Mare Plage from December 12–14. A recent agreement between the Senior Tour, Constance and sponsor Mauritius Commercial Bank guaranteed that the MCB Championship will be hosted by Constance Belle Mare Plage until at least 2017.

Montgomerie is no stranger to the Legend course at Belle Mare Plage having battled last year’s MCB Champion Paul Wesselingh on the course in the final round of the championship last year.

Former Ryder Cup Captain, Montgomerie won the US Senior Open in Oklahoma following a dramatic play-off against Gene Sauers.

Get full details of the US Senior Open Championship and all the latest European Senior Tour news on the European Senior Tour website.

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MCB Championship to return to legendary golf course at Belle Mare Plage

This year’s European Senior Tour will once again be decided on the greens and fairways of the Legend golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage in December.

The Legend - The training ground for the Marc Farry Golf Academy

The Legend, home of the MCB Tour Championship

Last year’s MCB Tour Championship culminated in an epic final round between golf legend Colin Montgomerie and Englishman Paul Wesselingh who went on to win not just the MCB Tour Championship but the Order of Merit as well.

This year’s event, to be held on 8-14 December, is expected to be just as exciting with Colin Montgomerie and Tom Watson currently topping the Order of Merit.

Guests staying at Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice during the tournament will be perfectly placed to enjoy all the action.

Play with the pros

Keen golfers can even get involved with a two-day pro-am tournament on 10 & 11 December when guests at Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice can play in teams with a selection of senior professional golfers across the two championship golf courses.

Entry forms can be downloaded from our website now.

Improve your game

Watch how the likes of Colin Montgomerie and David Frost do it and then take a lesson at our Marc Farry Golf Academy and learn to swing like a pro.

Watch all the action in 5* luxury

As well as access to all the championship action on the golf course guests can enjoy Constance luxury with 5* service, elegant, spacious accommodation, fine-dining restaurants and sumptuous spas.

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Constance Hotels golf courses recognised in new MCB Championship deal

Constance Belle Mare Plage will continue to host the thrilling MCB Championship, the finale to the European Senior Tour, for a further three years.

Luxury golf holidays at Constance

Luxury golf holidays at Constance

The announcement follows a renewal agreement between event partners Constance Hotels & Resorts, the European Senior Tour and sponsor Mauritius Commercial Bank.

The MCB Championship has been held on Constance’s Legend golf course for the last four years.

It is a testament to the high quality design and maintenance of the course that the Europe Senior Tour has chosen to retain it as the stage for the final leg of their annual tour where the John Jacobs Trophy is awarded to the Tour leader.

Managing Director of the European Senior Tour, Andy Stubbs, said, ‘The idyllic island setting of Mauritius is the perfect place for the Senior Tour to bring our season to a close, and the hospitality shown to us by the Constance Group, at their hotels Le Prince Maurice and Belle Mare Plage, has ensured the strongest possible fields over the past three years.’

He continued, ‘The Legend Course is a great examination for the leading Senior Tour players and has ensured that the contest for the John Jacobs Trophy comes to a fitting finale.’

The event has in recent years included golfing legends such as Tom Lehman, Colin Montgomerie, Sam Torrance and David Frost.

Jean-Jacques Vallet, CEO of Constance, said, ‘Our promise is not only to continue raising the level of the quality of Constance Hotels & Resorts’ golf courses and accommodation, but also to do our best to be the perfect ambassador of golf and inevitably boost the country’s image as a premier golf destination.’

This year’s MCB Tour Championship will take place at Constance Belle Mare Plage from 12-14 December.

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Throwing off the fear of winning

Oscar Wilde wrote, “With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone.”

The stage is set for the MCB Tour Championship 2013

The stage is set for the MCB Tour Championship 2013

It’s an adage the finest players on the European Senior Tour may not be aware of, but might ponder because they are all aware that late in their career they are being rewarded on the course for the many years of hard work that has gone before.

When I asked Colin Montgomerie to determine the difference between his prime and today he was open and forthright, although initially he joked: “Hang on, I’ve forgotten the question … that’s not a good sign, is it?”

More seriously he added, “I think we all relax more. I’m definitely more relaxed now than I’ve ever been. We’ve all been successful and have nothing to prove, so we relax and enjoy it. And you know what? You tend to do something better if you enjoy it.”

Of course Montgomerie had a stunning career which needs little polishing on the senior tours. He won 31 times on the European Tour (only three men have won more), represented Europe eight times in the Ryder Cup and won it as captain in 2010.

He nods when I ask him to discuss about the narrow margin between victory and close defeat.

“It’s a good question and one I have recent experience of at the AT&T Championship in San Antonio.

“What we, as golfers, all have to accept is that you lose a lot more than you win. If you win three times in a year that’s a great year, but you might have played 30 times so you lose quite a bit.

“At senior level I’ve seen a lot less fear of winning and yet there was a fear of winning on the main tour. No-one throws it away out here – we think: ‘We might as well just go and do it.’

“So the standard of play is very high because of that mentality. You can’t rely on others to make bogies, you’ve got to keep making birdies.”

The Legend, Constance Belle Mare Plage

The Legend, Constance Belle Mare Plage

“That’s what happened in San Antonio – I was two ahead with nine to play, played the back nine in level par and was overtaken by two men. Level par on these events is not good enough and it usually was on the main tour.”

David Frost understood Montgomerie’s point: “Definitely the players have lost that fear. I lost out to Russ Cochran recently – I had a lead with four holes to play, he birdied the last four holes and beat me by one shot!

“I also think that we don’t try so many things. When you’re young you try everything and it’s probably too much. When you get here, you use what got you here.”

Denmark’s Steen Tinning agrees: “You stop trying to be a world champion and you understand your limits.

“And once you are in the zone you keep going on the back nine. But it’s a long process which some of us just had to go through that. It takes a lot of years to gain that experience and I needed that time. Now I have it and I felt comfortable in contention this year.”

The stats back the Dane’s claims up – twice this year he held the lead with 18 holes to play and twice he converted the win.

Like the Montgomerie family, the Tinnings are enjoying the beach and all the facilities at Constance Belle Mare Plage this week. Both are hoping to put their lack of fear into practice if they are in contention come the final round on Sunday.

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