Cavendish member Alan Jones, who spends most of his year in Mauritius, has had a busy few weeks. Shortly after returning from spending the summer in Buxton, he was appointed by the Mauritius Golf Federation (MGF) as Tournament Referee for the Indian Ocean Amateur Open at the Heritage Golf Course on the island’s south coast.
The following week, he was part of a team of three referees appointed by the African Golf Union for the annual All Africa Team Championships which were being held in Mauritus for the first time at the Mont Choisy Le Golf complex near the island’s north-west coast. The event, which featured teams from 14 African countries, was won by South Africa, with Mauritius achieving their best ever result by finishing in 2nd place.
And finally in the following week he was selected as one of two representatives for the MGF as volunteers for the French Open at the magnificent Le Golf National course (host to the 2018 Ryder Cup), which is located near Versailles. During the four days of the tournament they acted as walking scorers, scoreboard operators, and on the last day, were selected as marshals to accompany the leading group inside the ropes. They were able to witness at close quarters the tournament’s dramatic finish in which the lead changed four times in the last 5 holes before Nicolas Colsaerts held his nerve to make a par on the extremely challenging 18th Hole and win by 1 shot.
Alan described their participation in the tournament as a ‘never to be forgotten’ experience even though the weather on 3 of the 4 days was so cold and wet that it required the wearing of 6 layers of clothing! But I suppose that is just like being in Buxton!