Chapman and Lehman paired together

Roger Chapman’s coronation as European Senior Tour Number One at the MCB Tour Championship will start alongside defending champion Tom Lehman and former Ryder Cup player Barry Lane.

John Jacobs Trophy

Tom Lehman at MCB Tour Championship

Tom Lehman

Double Senior Major Champion Chapman will receive the John Jacobs Trophy at Constance Belle Mare Plage after sealing the Senior Tour Order of Merit title, starting the event with an unassailable €100,382 lead over Lane, who is trying to finish runner up for the second consecutive year.

Lehman won the MCB Tour Championship title last year by one stroke from South African David Frost, and the American will be looking for a similarly fast start to 12 months ago when he opened with a seven under par 65 to establish a first round lead of three shots.

Tee off on Friday 7 December

The trio will tee off at 10.50am on Friday and will be followed at 11.00am by the group of Frost, 2011 Order of Merit winner Peter Fowler and Tim Thelen, the American who is third in this year’s money list.

Englishman Paul Wesselingh, the winner of the ISPS Handa PGA Seniors Championship, is trying to overtake Fowler and break into the top four on the Order of Merit, and he will begin the final event of the 2012 season alongside SSE Scottish Senior Open winner Anders Forsbrand and Gary Wolstenholme, a two-time winner this year. Read more about Paul Wesselingh being named rookie of the year.

Denmark’s Steen Tinning kicks-off his Senior Tour career alongside Australian Mike Harwood and  Welshman Mark Mouland.

Read more on the European Senior Tour and MCB Tour Championship websites.

 

Giant golf simulator arrives at Constance Belle Mare Plage

It has raised a few eyebrows among golfers on the Constance Legend course and diners at the Deerhunter Restaurant. But what is it – that massive golf ball that has appeared on the lake alongside the 18th green?

World class golf simulator

Golf simulator at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Golf simulator at Constance Legend course

For those who have yet to find out, we are happy to reveal all. The golf ball is a massive air-conditioned dome that houses one of the largest and most sophisticated golf simulators to have been created. And it is the first time such an advanced piece of equipment has been seen on Mauritius.

How it works

Throughout this week, guests of the Mauritius Commercial Bank and Constance Hotels & Resorts will be able to play on one of over 100 golf courses in a comfortable environment and without getting wet, losing a ball or burning excess energy negotiating steep climbs and sharp descents.

They can simply stand on the tee, select the club of their choice and hit the ball down a fairway that is displayed on a huge screen in front of them. Without taking so much as a step forward, the player is transported to the ball and the procedure is repeated until the ball finally drops into the cup. It could hardly be easier and an 18-hole game can be over in barely an hour.

The simulator can cater for all formats of play and can also be used for swing analysis, allowing professionals to coach amateur players and to hopefully improve their game.

Off-Course Golf

Off-Course Golf (OCG) has been in existence for six months and was the brainchild of partners Julien Montlahuc and Benoit Revol, from Paris. Julien discovered the simulator on a trip to Vienna and returned home full of enthusiasm. He convinced his friend, Benoit, of its potential and the two men invested all their capital to develop and build the system. When that was done, they needed an outlet to display and promote it.

Where better than in the heart of Paris – at Fouquet’s Hotel, part of the Lucien Barriere chain – near the Champs Elysees. Yes, the young entrepreneurs persuaded the manager to sign an agreement allowing them to set up the simulator on the roof of his hotel for six months. It proved a massive hit and the unit remained in place for two years.

The Mauritius Commercial Bank eventually got to hear about OCG through a contact who had seen the simulator in Paris and the bank agreed to commission its appearance at the golf week.

The MCB will be using the Dome to host clients but there will also be plenty of opportunities for hotel guests and golfers to try it out.

Find out more

Visit the MCB Tour Championship website to find out more or discover the delights in store at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

In the mood for winning?

Enter our fun golf game on Facebook and you could win a Kindle Fire. Closing date Friday 7 December.

Article by Neil Webber

European Senior Tour finale underway in Mauritius

The curtain comes down on the 2012 European Senior Tour campaign this week, with Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius hosting the season-ending MCB Tour Championship.

David Frost

David Frost

Catch up with what’s happened so far:

Win a Kindle Fire

To celebrate the MCB Tour Championship, we’re running a fun golf competition on our Facebook page.

Enter now and you could win a Kindle Fire.

Golf competition: Week 4, The Result

Find out the result of this week’s golf competition – did you choose the right option, and are you the winner?

The Constance Legend 4th hole. Lob shot.

Watch this short video of our golf pro playing the three shots at the Constance Legend Golf Course.

 

And the winner is…

Congratulations to Gianfranca Mazza, the winner of week 4′s prize draw.

It could be you next time

Come back on Monday 3 December to test your golf skills in the final week of our golf competition.

We’re counting down to the start of the European Senior Tour MCB Championships at Constance Belle Mare Plage on 7-9 December.

Last week’s results

If you missed the results from the last 3 weeks, visit our Facebook page to watch the videos and find out which shots were correct.

Stage is set for the MCB Tour Championship

Top golfers are arriving in Mauritius as they gear up to play in the MCB Tour Championship at Constance Belle Mare Plage next weekend.

Legend golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Legend golf course

Events begin from 3 December, with the main championship taking place from 7-9 December.

Top players from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean will be lining up at the Constance Legend course for a shot at Tom Lehman’s crown.

Among the field of 48 who will tee off for the first round on Friday 7 December will be a host of title winners from the past 12 months, two order-of-merit champions, a past Open Championship victor and five former Ryder Cup selections.

We’ll be bringing you updates, stories and scores from the championship as the event unfolds.

Read more about the championship and find out who’ll be playing in Mauritius:

Tom Lehman sounds a warning to MCB Tour Championship hopefuls

Tom Lehman has just ensured that there will be some sleepless nights among his challengers for the MCB Tour Championship next month as they strive to discover a way of overcoming him.

Lehman wins Charles Schwab Cup Championship

Tom Lehman

Tom Lehman

On his first visit to Mauritius a year ago, Lehman emerged victorious on the Legend course at the Constance Belle Mare Plage and he will arrive back on the island in arguably the best form of his life after destroying a quality field in the USPGA Champions Tour finale, the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, this weekend.

The tournament, just held on 1-4 November 2012 at the Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, is the American equivalent of the MCB Tour Championship.

The 53 year old Lehman left the likes of Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, Jay Haas, Fred Funk, David Frost and Corey Pavin chasing his shadow with a final round five-under-par 65 that left him with a six-stroke advantage at the close.

The $440,000 that Lehman picked up for a thoroughly clinical performance secured his place at the top of the Champions Tour order-of-merit for the second year in succession, making him the first player in the Tour’s history to achieve the feat.

Englishman Roger Chapman, winner of two Senior Majors this year, finished a highly creditable fourth in the season’s rankings after a disappointing final day at Scottsdale.

But it was Lehman who occupied centre stage in the latter part of the tournament. He trailed on the first 2 days after his rounds of 68 and 62 were eclipsed by the 66 and 60 of Jay Haas. But the man from Minnesota began to exert his authority in round 3 with a 63 and started the last day a shot ahead of Couples and two in front of Haas.

That was as close as anyone got to Lehman in the final round as he strode majestically to victory.

In the process, he served notice of intent to anyone good enough or brave enough to take him on in Mauritius. Now there’s an invitation.

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