Frenchman Marc Farry is bidding for a sentimental double at this week’s MCB Tour Championship as he attempts to win a second European Senior Tour event he has helped to organise.
Farry has been attached to host venue Constance Belle Mare Plage for the past ten years and was instrumental in attracting the Senior Tour to Mauritius in December 2009 for the Mauritius Commercial Bank Open, which paved the way for the 2011 season-ending MCB Tour Championship.
Last year the 52 year old won his second Senior Tour title at the Cannes Mougins Masters, another event which he co-organised, and given his strong relationship with Constance Belle Mare Plage, Farry admits it would just as special to triumph this week.
“It would be a dream to win it,” said Farry. “The Constance group are like family to me so it would mean a lot to get the trophy this Sunday both for me and the friends I have here.
“There is some extra pressure on me this week but the extra pressure is good. We need that sometimes and it won’t be a problem for me.
“The MCB (Mauritius Commercial Bank) have followed my suggestions over the last few years and have been great and this tournament will grow over the next few years too. It is a wonderful field this year.
“We are lucky to have David Frost and Tom Lehman. Tom is the Number One on the US Champions Tour and to have him accept our invitation and be here, so far away from the United States, is fantastic. We also have the battle for the John Jacobs Trophy between Peter Fowler and Barry Lane. It will be a very exciting tournament.”
Farry, who won the 1996 BMW International Open on The European Tour, has had his own academy at Constance Belle Mare Plage for the past six years and has some grand designs for the future of not only the resort but also the MCB Tour Championship.
“My vision is to have professional teachers from different country here so people can learn in their own language,” said Farry. “We have a lot of guests who come to play golf and it is always better for them to learn in their native language.
“We are also trying to work with the kids because this is a family place. We are trying to introduce a programme for children to help them learn the game.
“Slowly but surely we are also improving the golf course and over the next few years this course will be even better. We have some big ideas therefore. Constance follow my ideas and are so good to work with. Having a three year deal for this tournament really helps and I think the MCB Tour Championship will only grow.”
The host venue has attracted widespread praise from the 54-man field, as the 2011 season comes to a climax at the luxurious resort in the Indian Ocean.
Bill Longmuir, an eight time Senior Tour winner, said: “This is a great week – we all bring the family along. The hotel is superb. You’d struggle to find a better resort in the world and I have travelled a lot. This is ten-star all day long. The food, the beach, the rooms, the service are all tremendous. It’s a great place to end the season. It’s a demanding course too.”
Former Ryder Cup Captain Sam Torrance, a three-time winner of the John Jacobs Trophy, added: “It’s a beautiful place - I think we would all rather come here and not have to play golf! The course is in great condition though and we are all looking forward to it.”
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