AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open 2017

 

 

Young French star to make debut in AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open

French professional Romain Langasque will make his debut in this year’s AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at The Heritage Golf Club as he seeks to continue his rise as one of the most exciting young players in the game.

“I am really looking forward to playing in my first AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at The Heritage Golf Club. By reputation, I know that the golf course is fantastic and I love visiting the beautiful island of Mauritius,” said Langasque.  View More.

French professional Romain Langasque will make his debut in this year’s AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at The Heritage Golf Club as he seeks to continue his rise as one of the most exciting young players in the game.

“I am really looking forward to playing in my first AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at The Heritage Golf Club. By reputation, I know that the golf course is fantastic and I love visiting the beautiful island of Mauritius,” said Langasque.

The Frenchman adds to an increasingly strong field of young stars set to tee it up in this €1 million tri-sanctioned tournament (Sunshine Tour, European Tour and Asian Tour) from 30 November to 3 December. Rising young South Africans Brandon Stone and Dylan Frittelli are also in the field.

Former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen has also confirmed his place as one of the biggest names in the 156-player tournament.

Since becoming only the third Frenchman to win The Amateur Championship at Carnoustie in 2015, Langasque continued to impress as an amateur on the highest stage in the Majors.

He went on to play in and make the cut in The Open Championship in 2015, and in the 2016 Masters Langasque was only 20 when he tied the record for the lowest back nine (31) in Masters history by an amateur, on his way to finishing tied 39th.

He turned professional shortly after the 2016 Masters and immediately made an impact on the Challenge Tour as he finished second in the first tournament of the season, the Barclays Kenya Open.

With top 10s that season, including losing a playoff for the D+D REAL Slovakia Challenge, Langasque comfortably secured his playing privileges on the European Tour for the 2017 season. He also partnered Victor Dubuisson in the 2016 World Cup of Golf in Australia and where they finished tied second behind champions Denmark.

This will be the second time in three years that The Heritage Golf Club hosts the prestigious AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open.

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New and improved Coetzee makes Euro Tour return

South Africa’s George Coetzee has begun his return to the European Tour and he does so fitter, stronger and with a few changes to his golf swing as he works towards what he hopes will be a strong finish to the year.

After an eight-week layoff, Coetzee teed it up in Switzerland’s Omega European Masters last week as part of a stretch that will see him play the majority of the Tour’s remaining events this year, including a return to Mauritius where he will attempt to win a second AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open following his triumph at The Heritage Golf Club in 2015. View More.

South Africa’s George Coetzee has begun his return to the European Tour and he does so fitter, stronger and with a few changes to his golf swing as he works towards what he hopes will be a strong finish to the year.

After an eight-week layoff, Coetzee teed it up in Switzerland’s Omega European Masters last week as part of a stretch that will see him play the majority of the Tour’s remaining events this year, including a return to Mauritius where he will attempt to win a second AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open following his triumph at The Heritage Golf Club in 2015.

Although he missed the cut in Switzerland, Coetzee is very much focused on the bigger picture.

“I needed to have a good rest. I had eight weeks off to practice and train and I’m quite excited about the rest of the season,” he said.

“I’ve lost 15 kilogrammes. I’m enjoying practising for the long term. In this sense the work I’ve done now has been probably some of the best work I’ve done in the last seven years. For me it’s about accepting that things change and you’ve got to adapt all the time and keep working hard. You’re always working to be better and make sure your structures are in place.”

Coetzee tested out his form when he played in the new Corporate Masters, presented by Sun International in partnership with SEACOM, at Sun City recently. Although it was an amateur tournament for corporate golf teams, he seemed happy with his progress.

“I needed some game time before I went across to Europe and that event offered me the opportunity to play some semi serious golf, get my game in the groove and have some fun. I’m going to play pretty much everything from Switzerland all the way through to Tshwane Open. I still have to qualify for a few events and hopefully the work I’ve been doing will kick in and I’ll have a couple of good finishes that will make up for the spots that I need to qualify for,” he said.

Photo Credit: Sunshine Tour.

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Grit amplifies key milestones with Afrasia bank Mauritius Open sponsorship

- Sponsorship culminates a year of significant milestones
- Largest capital raise for African real estate in recent times
- Rebrand and name change successfully completed
- SEM-10 inclusion
- Seventh consecutive dividend distribution in line with guidance View More.

- Sponsorship culminates a year of significant milestones
- Largest capital raise for African real estate in recent times
- Rebrand and name change successfully completed
- SEM-10 inclusion
- Seventh consecutive dividend distribution in line with guidance

Grit Real estate income group, the only listed distribution group to offer international propertyinvestors direct access to immediate high growth opportunities on the African continent outside ofSouth Africa, today announced its sponsorship of the Afrasia Bank Mauritius Open.  

“As a proudly Mauritian company, we are extremely excited about the sponsorship,” commentedBronwyn Corbett, Chief Executive of Grit.

“The Mauritian Open not only provides us with an excellent platform to amplify some very significant milestones reached during the past year, but also allows us to interact with key clients and partners in one of the most beautiful locations in the world.” 

The Company successfully launched its new name and corporate identity in June this year, following one of the largest capital raises for African real estate in recent times.

The US$121.22 million capital raise not only introduced new shareholders to the Company but provided Grit with further economies of scale as it increased its property portfolio to 20 assets valued at US$ 540 million in five African countries, including Mauritius. 

Being listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius and in Johannesburg, Grit reached another milestonewith its inclusion in the SEM-10 recently. This index comprises the ten largest eligible shares of the
Official Market of the Stock Exchange of Mauritius, measured in terms of average marketcapitalization, liquidity and investability criteria. 

The SEM-10 meets international standards and provides an attractive, investable benchmark for both domestic and foreign market participants, resulting in higher liquidity for constituents.

On 26 September 2017, Grit declared its seventh consecutive dividend in line with Company guidance since its formation of in 2014. Total dividends for the year amounted to US$12.07 cents per share. 

The AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open is tri-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour, European Tour and Asian Tour and has this year been expanded to include a field of 156 professionals competing for €1 million in prize money. The field includes 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, rising French star Romain Langasque, European Tour winners Brandon Stone, George Coetzee, Dylan Frittelli, and nine-time Asian Tour winner Scott Hend.

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Chawrasia strengthens Asian challenge in AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open

Reigning Indian Open champion, four-time European Tour winner and six-time Asian Tour champion Shiv Sankar Prasad (S.S.P.) Chawrasia has added his name to a strong Asian challenge for the 2017 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at The Heritage Golf Club at Heritage Resorts this November.

Chawrasia joins Asian Tour star, Scott Hend of Australia, currently ranked third on the Order of Merit, in a field that also includes 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, multiple European Tour winners Brandon Stone and George Coetzee, and rising French professional Romain Langasque. View More.

Reigning Indian Open champion, four-time European Tour winner and six-time Asian Tour champion Shiv Sankar Prasad (S.S.P.) Chawrasia has added his name to a strong Asian challenge for the 2017 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at The Heritage Golf Club at Heritage Resorts this November.

Chawrasia joins Asian Tour star, Scott Hend of Australia, currently ranked third on the Order of Merit, in a field that also includes 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, multiple European Tour winners Brandon Stone and George Coetzee, and rising French professional Romain Langasque.

Chawrasia hopes to make a push for the Asian Tour Order of Merit crown with a solid performance at the €1million (approximately US$1.07 million) AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open. He is currently ranked fourth on the Order of Merit ranking and has a fighting chance to win the accolade for the first time in his career.

“This is the first time I’m playing at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open and I’m very excited because I heard it is such a beautiful island. I know it will be very windy but I’m used to playing in the wind from my experience of playing in Europe. 

“My focus now is to become the Asian Tour number one. Earlier in the year, I wasn’t too far back because I was playing so well. Now I’m trailing by about US$200,000 so I need to do well or win a big event like the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open. It is definitely my goal to win the Order of Merit,” said Chawrasia. 
 
The 2016 and 2017 seasons have been memorable for Chawrasia, who represented his country in the Olympic Men’s Golf Competition. He also won his National Open and successfully defended the title in March. He is only the third golfer in history to successfully defend the Indian Open.

This year, Chawrasia was also a recipient of India’s prestigious Arjuna Award in recognition of his performances on the international stage over the past decade.

As the son of the greenkeeper at Calcutta Golf Club, Chawrasia started out as a caddie before becoming a fulltime professional who now plays on both the Asian Tour and European Tour.

He made European Tour history in 2008 when he became the first player to win on debut in the Indian Masters, and was the third Indian golfer to win on the European Tour.

His presence in the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open again highlights the diversity of the field for a tournament tri-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour, European Tour and Asian Tour.

This year the tournament field has been expanded to include 156 professionals competing for the €1 million in prize money.

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