AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open 2017

 

AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open Pro Am Results

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The Draw

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SA’s European Tour young guns impress

A new generation of South Africans made their presence felt on the European Tour this year and will look to take this even further as they now turn their attention to the upcoming AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open and the Joburg Open.

Dylan Frittelli, Dean Burmester and Haydn Porteous were all European Tour winners this year, and then closed out the season with impressive performances in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.  View More.

A new generation of South Africans made their presence felt on the European Tour this year and will look to take this even further as they now turn their attention to the upcoming AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open and the Joburg Open.

Dylan Frittelli, Dean Burmester and Haydn Porteous were all European Tour winners this year, and then closed out the season with impressive performances in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Each made their debut in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai finale, with Frittelli and Burmester sharing fourth place behind the winner Jon Rahm, and Porteous finishing in a tie for 21st  place alongside Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood.

The AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open and the Joburg Open are both tri-sanctioned tournaments between the Sunshine Tour, European Tour and Asian Tour. They form part of the European Tour’s 2018 season, so they offer all three players a good opportunity to start their new season on a strong note.

Frittelli has had a tremendous season that reached a high when he won his maiden European Tour title in the Lyoness Open powered by Organic+ but then also included a share of second in the Rolex Series’ Turkish Airlines Open and the Volvo China Open earlier this year. This carried him to an overall finish of 19th  on the Race to Dubai rankings.

Burmester followed up his maiden European Tour title in March’s Tshwane Open with top 10s in the BMW PGA Championship and the Portugal Masters before last week’s strong finish. He ended the season in 41st  place on the Race to Dubai rankings.

And Porteous finished 55th  on the Race to Dubai following his second European Tour victory in the D&D Real Czech Masters and then a share of 12th  in the Nedbank Golf Challenge, hosted by Gary Player.

All three will play in the €1 million AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at The Heritage Golf Club from 30 November to 3 December, and then the R15 million Joburg Open at Randpark Golf Club from 7-10 December.

Another South African, George Coetzee, has also had a strong second half of the season on the European Tour, with three top 10s in his last eight tournaments on his way to finishing 53rd on the Race to Dubai rankings. 

He’ll also be playing in both the upcoming tournaments, and as the winner of the inaugural AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open in 2015 when it was also played at The Heritage Golf Club.

The young South Africans will be up against a strong European and Asian Tour presence in Mauritius, which includes 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, who is also co-designing the second championship golf course at Heritage Resorts; 2011 Open champion and former European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke; former European Ryder Cup team member Jamie Donaldson of Wales; 2012 European Ryder Cup team member Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium; French professionals Raphael Jacquelin and Romain Langasque; and Asian Tour stars Shiv Sankar Prasad (SSP) Chawrasia of India and Scott Hend of Australia.
 

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Kapur eyes more success at Afrasia Bank Mauritius Open

November 17: Shiv Kapur of India hopes to sweeten his year when he competes at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open from November 30 to December 3. 

The 2017 season has been one of Kapur’s finest years on the Asian Tour and he is determined to continue his winning form at the €1million (approximately US$1.07 million) event sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and Sunshine Tour.  View More.

November 17: Shiv Kapur of India hopes to sweeten his year when he competes at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open from November 30 to December 3. 

The 2017 season has been one of Kapur’s finest years on the Asian Tour and he is determined to continue his winning form at the €1million (approximately US$1.07 million) event sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and Sunshine Tour. 

He waited 11 years to win his second Asian Tour title at the Yeangder Heritage in Chinese Taipei in April. He tasted victory again on home soil when he triumphed at the Panasonic Open India two weeks ago. 

Kapur won his first Asian Tour title in 2005 in his first year on the region’s premier Tour and was subsequently voted as the Rookie of the Year. His return to the winner’s circle has fuelled his desire to shoot for more glory at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open.

“It’s amazing to have two wins this year and I’ve to thank a lot of people for believing in me and supporting me. The form is good and the confidence is high, so there’s no reason why I cannot win again,” said Kapur. 

He will be among an elite cast of Asian Tour champions which includes 20-year-old Micah Lauren Shin of the United States, who won in the Philippines last week, Gavin Green of Malaysia, the current Order of Merit leader and Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand.

Gaganjeet Bhullar of India, an eight-time Asian Tour winner, S.S.P. Chawrasia, Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand and Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh, who finished second in the event last year, will also feature in the tournament. 

Kapur’s solid season has been a huge turnaround for him after going through a tough year in 2016 where he lost his European Tour card and had to go through a liver surgery which kept him out of the game for a few months.

He bounced back in sensational style and is ready to end the Asian Tour season on a high note. 

“I really struggled last year. I came back from a liver surgery in September and was lying on a hospital bed. It was frustrating because you couldn’t play. Now I’ve come back and won twice which is satisfying,” said Kapur, who also welcomed a new born baby girl this year. 

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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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