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Constance Hotels Pro-am Day – 1 started spectacularly… Where Pros demonstrated their skills and
one amateur stole the limelight in stunning fashion!
Round- 1 started off on the Links Golf course with two-time winners of the
MCB Tour Championship: David Frost and Paul Wesselingh
Frost's team, which includes Francois Du Mee, Gunter Wrogeman and
Stephen Hurst amassed 93 points in the net competition and 78 points in the gross – the leading scores in both categories on the Links course.
That 93 point total also gives them the overall lead, ahead of Gary Marks’ team whose 89 point total
was the best of the day on the Legend Golf course.
Right behind Frost in the net competition on the Links, was the fourball of
Paul Wesselingh's team with 90 points…
The good form of Frost and Wesselingh might hint at one of them claiming a third MCB title later in the week.
Leading team in the gross competition on the Legend Golf course was that of newcomer and potential winner
of the European Senior Tour Rookie of the Year title, Lianwei Zhang.
Damien Hoarau’s team: Eddie Micock and Jerry Jean-Baptiste collected 80 points from their first round to take the halfway honours overall.
The second best scoring team in the gross category on the Legend course included ex-French football international David Ginola. Captained by Ginola's countryman Christophe Brazillier they are bang in contention on 76 points.
But the undoubted star of the first day was an amateur member of Frost's fourball.
Gunter Wrogeman who made a hole-in-one on the par-three seventh, holing out from 139 yards with a pitching wedge, a superb shot that cost him a round of drinks in the clubhouse bar afterwards!
The pro-am is both a fun event and also a final opportunity for the professionals to hone their game ahead of the challenge that starts on Friday.
Australia's Peter Fowler is a two-time winner this season and he's keen to make it three.
“This is a special place to play golf,” he said ahead of his round, “and the resort
in particular is a special place to stay.
But we’re all here to do a job and that is to try to win the tournament.”
Fowler is already something of a winner this week, having been alone in hitting the target in the sea
during the tournament's launch on Monday.
“Yeah I’ve had a couple of decent results here in the past,” he laughed, “but it’d be very nice to see my name right at the top of the leaderboard come Sunday night.
Hopefully Monday wasn't my only victory of the week!”