The French Riviera was the scene for the latest installment of the European Seniors Tour last week (2 4 October 2015) as the players took to the tees for the French Riviera Masters held at Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort.
Synonymous with fine weather the French Riviera was looking a little less appealing by the time the players arrived for the first round on Friday morning, due to the heavy overnight and persistent rain through the morning the first round had to be abandoned and the difficult decision was taken to reduce the tournament to 36 holes with the Alliance Pro-Am reduced from two days to one as a result of the poor weather.
However following a clear up operation by the greenstaff during the day and through the night, the course was playable come Saturday morning and so the first round commenced at 08.00 with a two tee start in an attempt to get the event back on track.
For the first time since it was established, Champions of Golf this week had three players in a senior event including Gary Wolstenholme MBE, Paul Broadhurst and David Gilford, the newest member of the senior stable having only turned 50 a matter of weeks ago. The first round delivered mixed results as Paul fired a one under par 71 to finish in a tie for 8th joined by David, five shots behind the overnight leader with Gary in 50th position on +3.
Gary's second round surge and a much better day saw him finish with a +4 total and a tie for 52nd position. David unfortunately despite pushing hard in his debut event closed with a level par total including two birdies in the closing five holes of round two.
The best finisher of the week was the 2015 Prostate Cancer UK Scottish Senior Open champion Paul Broadhurst. The Total Motion ambassador began his fight for the title with four birdies and five pars on the opening nine holes to get up into a share of the lead on five under par, a position that was strengthened when at the 11th he made another birdie. However Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship winner Barry Lane was on a heat streak on the back nine which saw him jump from level par on day one to eight under par and the clubhouse after his second and final round. This therefore laid down the marker for Paul. Unfortunately a bogey and birdie to finish saw Paul return an overal six under par total and claim a tied 4th place finish to further strengthen his ambitions to lift the Rookie of the Year title on the European Senior Tour for 2015.
The next event on the schedule is the MCB Tour Championship held in Mauritius running from the 11th - 13th December. Before that Paul Broadhurst will compete in the PGA Champions Tour Qualifying School stage one event as he bids to claim a US Tour card to compete alongside the likes of Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, Mark O'Meara and many of his American and continental rivals.