Chaka Travel sponsor Matt Mumford at PGA EuroPro Tour Q School Final Stage

Check out Chaka Travel sponsee Matt’s report from the PGA EuroPro Tour Q School Final Stage.

Once you are at the final stage, it’s now all about improving your playing card for the year. 240 players get through to finals with only 80 to make a cut for the final days play.

The most important target for the week here is if you do not make the cut, do not give up, you must still shoot as low as you can. As the higher up in the field you finish, the more tour starts you will receive for the year.

Day 1 of PGA EuroPro Tour Q School Final Stage

I was off on day one playing the tougher red course.  I was feeling good and had been playing so well and I couldn’t wait to get started.

And I was off to a flyer with birdies at the 2nd and 6th to go to -2 under par – but unfortunately the birdies dried up as the putter got cold and I could not get anything done on the greens.

At the end of day 1, I signed for a 75 +3, not a disaster and still in the hunt to make the cut on day 2.

Day 2 of PGA EuroPro Tour Q School Final Stage

and playing the slightly easier blue course and finally, some sunshine came out so I was ready to go.

Playing the back nine first again frustration as the putter was cold and I could not get anything to drop – through nine I was another +3 and now +6 for the comp.

So my target now changed to if I was to miss the cut still get as low as I can – no bogeys but par after par, good I wasn’t dropping shots but I was also not gaining any ground without birdies.

Then into the par 3 6th a great approach left me with another birdie chance which finally dropped and I moved back in the right direction.

Onto the par 4 7th and unlucky to find the bunker and not get up and down put me back to square one.

So need a big finish and with the par 5 up next only one thing for it I’m going for it and trying to make eagle.

After my tee shot, I still had 265 yards to the pin, so I went with hitting my 3 wood and it never left the pin.  I would even go to say it was one of my best shots I have ever hit from 265 yards out.  I put my approach to about 7ft and then holed the putt EAGLE!!

Now I was back to only +4 still missing the cut but right back up in top half of field where I need to be. I went long on my 18th and didn’t get up and down so finished with a very frustrating bogey and was +5 for the tournament

My finish is my highest so far on the EuroPro Tour and in previous years I managed to play the majority of the tour, so fingers crossed 2018 will be the same.

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Good luck to you all for your golfing for 2018

All the best

Matt

Matt Mumford at EuroPro Tour Q School First Stage | Sponsored by Chaka Travel

Check out Chaka Travel sponsee Matt’s report from the first stage of the EuroPro Tour Q School.

Such an important event, your whole season is depending on how you play over the next couple of weeks. Failure to get out of the first stage and your dreams of playing on the EuroPro Tour for the year are already over.

Day 1 of EuroPro Tour Q School First Stage

and what a day awaited the 84 players trying to qualify.  High winds and torrential rain meant it was not going to be an easy day at all

My tee time was 10:25 am and even though it was pouring down with rain, I went through all of my normal warm-up routines and I got ready to play.

I Stood on the tee with my playing partners about to tee off (Claxon goes off) play is suspended!! Before I even got to hit a shot we were running for cover back in the clubhouse.

There we sat, for 4 hours, until we got the nod that play would be resumed.

A par on my first hole, before a birdie on the second and then yes, the Claxon goes off again!!

Another suspension in play.

This time it didn’t look good as the weather was relentless; with fading daylight now also a factor, the EuroPro Tour committee took the decision to make the first stage an 18 hole comp only; and invited us to go home and return the next day for an 08.30 am start.

Day 2 of EuroPro Tour Q School First Stage

I was in an OK position and feeling pretty confident – although I still had 16 holes to play I was at least already under par from the day before, so was happy

Yesterday I started my round on the 10th hole, so I was playing the back nine first and starting on the 12th, which is a par 5.  When I made the green in 2 and two-putted out for another birdie I quickly found myself 2 under par.

5 pars followed before I played a great approach into the tough 18th to set up another birdie chance which I took to reach the turn in -3 under par (through 9 holes)

A couple of mistakes on the front nines par 3’s took me back to -1 for the day before I took advantage of the remaining two par 5’s by making birdie on both to finish the round on -3 and in a tie for 3rd place and comfortably through to the final stage at Frilford Heath.

So job done for part one.

Here’s my scorecard for the day

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Chaka Travel sponsee Matt Mumford prepares for the upcoming golf season

With the 2018 Golf Season approaching, Chaka Travel sponsee Matt Mumford is working hard to prepare for another exciting season. Check out his report on preseason preparation:-

It’s the Masters!! that can only mean one thing – the 2018 golf season is finally underway and time for me to kick off my first reports.

Firstly before I begin – a huge thank you to all of my sponsors for all your continued support, I hope 2018 is as exciting as 2017, I know I can’t wait to get started.

So what have I been up to since my final report of 2017, and how have my 2018 golf season preparations gone, more importantly, “how did I get on at EuroPro Q school?”

Matt Mumford 2018 Golf Season Preparation

2018 Golf Season Preparation

In January I also started a part-time job at Ogbourne Downs GC – this has worked out really well for me as I have been able to mix work with my golf practice as I spend most of my days at the golf club.

Onto my golf preparations – I found a great Winter Tour whilst searching the internet for tours to play on and with 4 tournaments remaining thought that this would provide me with a great opportunity to sharpen my skills up as Q school approached.

Unfortunately the weather this year has not been kind and has made playing tricky – the first tournament was cancelled for frozen ground, the second and fourth were cancelled due to the snow!

However, it did mean one tournament did go ahead so finally I got chance to tee it up at Luton Hoo GC a course I knew well as played many times before.

The weather was not much better with torrential rain but at least I was finally out playing.

I was really pleased with my round as I shot a (-1) under par score of 72 and was even more pleased to find out that this put me in a tie for 5th place and it’s always great to finish under par and finish in the top end of the field.

Matt Mumford 2018 Golf Season Preparation

Another couple of weeks of full-on practice and it was time for EuroPro School.

Full write up coming soon.

Chaka Travel’s Escorted Golf Tours & Tournaments

If you enjoy travelling as a group, then look no further than our escorted golf tours or our fun and sociable golf tournaments.

Meet like-minded people and make lifelong friends on these Escorted Golf Tours.

Jacques Escorted Golf Tour
Relaxing in the Sun

Escorted tours are ideal for all, couples, groups of friends as well as single golfers. We can also customise a tour for groups with an entire private tour for themselves. No matter what destination, group size, or length of stay we will tailor make a trip for your group including having our PGA Pro, Jacques, travelling with you to look after every detail.

For some competitive golf, have a look at our golf tournaments. Whilst these include a few competitive rounds during the holiday, the emphasis is more on having fun and playing with like-minded golfers. Also benefit from one to one tuition with Jacques to improve your game whilst on a holiday of a lifetime. Single golfers are very welcome to join the tournaments apart from the mixed pairs.

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Chilling with Elephants in South Africa

Total flexibility with your Escorted Tour itinerary.

Many people incorrectly assume that joining an escorted golf holiday means that their time is all planned out in advance with more of a ‘school trip’ feel than a relaxing, luxury holiday. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In most cases, enjoy 5 or 6 rounds of golf, leaving plenty of time to explore and do any sightseeing or relaxing you wish.

Your tour guide & golf tutor Jacques Gous

Our tours are hosted by the affable Jacques Gous, a South African golf professional who lives in the UK. Jacques lives and breathes golf and is committed to ensuring you have an unforgettable holiday as well as helping improve your game!

If escorted tours or tournaments are not for you, check out the rest of our golf holidays to a range of worldwide destinations

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Jean’s trip to Mauritius to see the new C Palmar

Chaka Travel sales specialist, Jean, recently travelled to see the newly opened C Palmar resort in Mauritius. Here is her report from the trip.

Having been in out in Mauritius only months before to see the newly refurbished Belle Mare Plage I was very excited to hear I was travelling out again, this time to stay in Constance’s newest boutique hotel C Palmar, which is just 10 minutes from Belle Mare Plage itself.

Saying goodbye to the husband and the dogs I took myself off happily to Belfast City airport to start the first leg of my journey. After a few happy hours of duty-free shopping in Heathrow I met up with the rest of my travelling companions and we headed off to the lounge for a glass of fizz (or 2) before boarding our Air Mauritius aircraft.

We were on the direct service from Heathrow which was great and woke up 11 hours 55 minutes later feeling refreshed and excited for the next few days ahead. Having already been to Mauritius many times I knew what to expect from this beautiful Island and its people, so the unknown was what to expect from Constance’s newest little addition C Palmar.

The Swimming Pool at C Palmar

The Swimming Pool at C Palmar

Day 1 at C Palmar, Mauritius

Upon arrival into Mauritius we were picked up and transferred straight to C Palmar and had the warmest of Mauritian welcomes by the team at C Palmar which is something I have had the pleasure of receiving at both The Belle Mare Plage and Prince Maurice previously, so it was lovely to see how delighted my travelling companions were as this was their first Constance experience.

After meeting the lovely staff we were brought into the bright and airy buffet restaurant for breakfast and immediately noticeable was how happy the staff all were and they seemed genuinely delighted to be chatting with clients all around us.

Having to be dragged away from the buffet, we were taken on a short tour of the hotel just to get our bearings and then each of us were shown to our room. The rooms were just fabulous, beautifully done with thought and attention clearly going into the design, using the local wood for the furnishings just added to that feel of small boutique hotel vibe.

There is a feeling of space in the rooms with every amenity you would need, including the mini bar as part of the all-inclusive and as the property has only 50 rooms in total they are laid out in almost a horseshoe shape so you either have beautiful garden or sea views.

C Asian Restaurant at C Palmar

Aerial shot of the resort

Naturally an agreement was made between the group that after we unpacked we were to meet at one of the two infinity pools at the earliest opportunity (turned out to be 5 minutes later) and get to grips with how the clients would be enjoying the beautiful view from the infinity pool right into the beautiful Indian ocean. The water was just right and quote some time was spent in the pool testing “the view”.

C Palmar is set right on a beautiful stretch of white sand which couldn’t be ignored so we headed down to the beach and parked ourselves on one of the comfortable sun loungers, however before we could get too comfortable we were encouraged to try out some of the water sports that can be taken from the beach at Palmar.

Life vests are collected at the water sports hut on the beach and away we went, kayaking, pedalo and paddle boarding to name a few which are complimentary to all guests. Wifi is included throughout the hotel so we were able to snap away at our water antics and post online immediately, showing off really I would have said

This evenings dinner was taken in the C Asian restaurant which is the a la carte restaurant at Palmar and seats 26, so be sure to get yourself a seat as the food was amazing. Of course before dinner we met up with Giovana the hotel manager for cocktails on the upper deck, this was to become a favourite spot for me over the next 2 days!

C Asian Restaurant at C Palmar

C Palmar from the outside

Day 2 at C Palmar, Mauritius

Started with another super breakfast in the buffet restaurant, I went with omelette this morning as I had heard rumours of cocktail making classes later on in the day so best to have a good breakfast.

Headed straight off after breakfast to see the golf courses at Belle Mare Plage on the complimentary shuttle provided by C Palmar for all guests and also a tour of the hotel, which again for my now new friends not just travelling companions (the cocktails on the deck the night before proved to be a good bonding experience) was a new experience as none of them had seen the course or the hotel before.

So again I took great delight in seeing their reaction to another fabulous Constance property topped off with a fabulous lunch at Indigo restaurant in Belle Mare Plage.

Back at C Palmar late afternoon, we were being served C Palmar’s version of afternoon tea which was delightful and well received by all and then along came this cocktail class that had been rumoured that morning.

Everyone was strangely very eager to take part in this and a real bonus was whatever cocktail one of us chose to make we all got to have one, that somehow made the afternoon go in quite quickly and the next thing you know we are getting ready for yet another fabulous dinner this time in the buffet restaurant and joined by the lovely Fabrice Sales Manager for Constance.

Having been served up the most beautiful lamb in the buffet they had taken the time to pair up a lovely red wine and take the time to discuss the wine itself with us which is another part of the all-inclusive, actually 100 wines from around the world are included I’m told, I’m just hoping nobody is going to ask me to sample them today!

Jean's View at C Palmar

Day 3 at C Palmar, Mauritius

Morning at leisure so off we headed back down to the beach as you simply just couldn’t resist that sand and crystal blue water, by this stage as the property is so small you are now beginning to see the same people and chat happily as if you have always known them. This is a first for me in a property and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to people’s plans for the day and what they had already been up too.

Lunchtime brought another great first for me, a cooking lesson at the C Asian restaurant where we made the most fabulous curry from scratch. I will not admit to how much help we had from the excellent chef, but our curry was good enough to be served up for lunch in the buffet restaurant for all to enjoy!

The afternoon again was spent leisurely between the beach and the upper deck where you are continuously looked after by a happy smiling staff member which is only too happy to whizz you up a drink of your choice while you enjoy the sunshine.

Our last evening was kicked off with canapes and Champagne for all guests out by the pool, the canapes having been made by the fabulous Dominique who himself took great delight in seeing how well received they were and chatted happily to every client in the most beautiful French accent We also had entertainment this evening with local singers who set the tone for the lovely evening ahead.

Off we went back to C Asian for another great meal and this time we did the cooking ourselves at the tables with hot stones, an unusual but very likeable experience which I would certainly do again. For our final farewell before heading home the following morning we had a rum tasting experience in the main bar giving us a flavour of all the rums on offer at C Palmar which was enjoyed by ourselves and clients alike and led to good craic in the bar that evening for sure!

C Asian Restaurant at C Palmar

The C Asian Restaurant at C Palmar

C Asian Restaurant at C Palmar

Championship golf available

Day 4 at C Palmar, Mauritius

Up and out nice and early for the flights home, we said our goodbyes to the staff as if they were old friends. It is not hard to make friends in this boutique hotel both with staff and other guests and I can only look forward to my next visit, and maybe I will even see you there!