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Paul Wesselingh might be the headliner this week at Constance Belle Mare Plage,
but the Englishman is not the only golfer chasing a hat-trick of victories.
As Wesselingh prepared for his attempt to win a third MCB Tour Championship, day one of the
Air Mauritius Trophy saw local golfer Ludovic Bax stake a strong claim for his own third win in three seasons.
The 22-year-old from Mauritius is hopeful of turning professional after an impressive amateur career that has seen him represent his country across the world
The field should be warned: Bax has a tournament low score of 65 so has plenty of ammunition at his disposal.
He is in pole position and clearly the man to catch
In the net competition for golfers with 0-9 handicap, there is a three-way tie for the lead on 36 points and no less than ten players are on 34 points or better.
Anthony Lam, in the competition for handicaps 10-18 holds a narrow lead in both the gross and net categories, but there are plenty chasing his tail.
The ladies net competition has a two-way tie after 18 holes, with Alison Moss and Catherine Vallet currently heading the field. In the gross competition Ginger Delacretaz leads on 38 points, giving her a three-point advantage over Silvia Valli
The Air Mauritius Trophy attracts amateur golfers from across the world and in the clubhouse after the first round is was soon apparent why so many of them return year after year
Valli, for example, has been travelling here since 1994:
“I love it here,” the Milan resident said after her opening round. “It's a fantastic combination of wonderful resort, two great courses, the hotel staff are lovely and so many of the golfers have become friends...
It's like home.”
The tournament moves to the Links Golf Course tomorrow, after which the cut will be made, with the final round taking place on Saturday, once more at the Links.
Meanwhile, by the poolside at Constance Belle Mare Plage, the MCB Tour Championship was launched with a press conference at which the resort's golfing director Marc Farry alerted everyone to the changes made to the
Legend Golf Course since this time last year
"We wanted the course to be more playable, for the amateur holiday golfers as much as for the professionals," said the Frenchman.
“When you are walking around the course it looks so much better, the views are stunning – and there is more air circulating too which makes it cooler. Not cool but cooler!”
Farry added that the course has a new greenkeeper on the staff.
“He's been here six months and he's done a great job. The greens will roll a lot better and they are slightly less grainy. I think more putts will be holed this week.”
The first round of the MCB Tour Championship is on Friday.