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Having a dramatic makeover the hotel and host course, the Legend, created quite a stir
amongst the players and guests.
The Hugh Baiocchi designed course, which was opened in 1994,
underwent some considerable upgrades.
They included reshaping and raising of fairways on the first, second, fourth, ninth and 18th holes.
The continued thinning of bushes throughout the course and an upgrade of the old irrigation system completed the makeover.
Both the pro’s and amateurs agree the course and changes are welcome.
The week of the MCB Tour Championship, now a confirmed
European Tour destination, had also a number
of tournaments for the amateurs to enjoy.
The Air Mauritius Trophy took place on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday
over both the Links and Legend courses.
The Constance Hotels Pro-Am allowed amateurs to play with the pro’s taking part in the tournament on Wednesday and Thursday on both courses.
The title sponsors, MCB, had their invitational tournament on Friday at the
Links golf course followed by the MCB Pro-Am on Monday after the main event at the Legend course – completing a truly decadent week of golfing pleasure!
The MCB Tour Championship saw a number of changes on the leader board throughout the three days before the champion proper were crowned.
The final day saw five big names in contention, which included the likes of
Colin Montgomerie, David Frost, Phillip Price, Barry Lane and Paul Broadhurst.
In the middle of the final round, Lane had a five-shot lead but then dropped a few shots on the back nine. Others in contention were, however, also struggling including Monty who doubled the 16th.
On the final hole Lane needing a birdie, duly obliged, which saw him lift the trophy.
After a number of close finishes in previous years, he was ecstatic with his win.
Fellow countryman Paul Broadhurst was crowned the Order of Merit winner and awarded the John Jacobs Trophy. And so ends another memorable
MCB Tour Championship concluding the season for the European Senior Tour.
Until next year happy golfing and farewell from Constance Belle Mare Plage!