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A day out with the best

A day out with the best

David Frost

The highlight of the year for many of the guests to Constance Belle Mare Plage got under way yesterday in the form of the MCB Tour Championship Pro-Am.

This tournament, which takes place over two days, allows amateurs from around the world the opportunity to play with some of the best senior players in the world. And with names like Colin Montgomerie, Ian Woosnam, Paul Wesselingh and David Frost their excitement is not misplaced.

Having the opportunity to play with an eight-time European Order of Merit Winner, Ryder Cup captain, Masters winner or multiple winners from the tour is certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity. Part of the intrigue is not only the four or five odd hours you have with the player by your side but also the location where you are playing the round of golf.
The MCB Tour Championship Pro-Am affords the golfers a chance to play both of the courses at Constance Belle Mare Plage – The Legend and The Links.

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The field alternates after day one, so all golfers get to play both of these visually spectacular courses. The par 72, 6 018-meter long Legend course, with its very tight fairways and numerous water hazards is a challenge in even the most benign conditions. The par 71, 5 942-meter long Links course is considered to be slightly more forgiving with wider fairways and not as long from tee-to-green. However, its noticeably faster greens are proving to be very tricky for the higher handicapped players, meaning its ‘easier’ label is fast becoming a thing of the past.

The four balls of Spain’s Miguel Angel Martin and local professional Alexandre Nicolini led the field at The Legend course, with both teams coming in with 91 net points. At the Links course, local professional Vishnoo Seeneevasssen put his knowledge of the course to good use and guided his team to an impressive 95 net points. Only three points behind were the team of England’s Paul Eales who came in with 92 net points.

Results from day one indeed showed scoring to be slighter better on the Links, making for a very intriguing second and final day to the tournament. With golfers making their way to the alternate course and conditions expected to be warm and humid, their golf will need to be even hotter in order to lift the trophy!

 

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