Leyland duo jet out for Mauritius event

Leyland's James and Ian Fox with their trophies for qualifying
Leyland's James and Ian Fox with their trophies for qualifying

Leyland Golf Club father and son Ian and James Fox will be taking their seats on the plane to Mauritius this week for the Tournament of Champions.

The pair booked their place in the final of the Heritage Resorts Tournament of Champions after being crowned winners of the national American Golf Family Championship.

The pair, who play their golf at Leyland Golf Club, took on qualifiers from all over the UK and Ireland across three days of golf before winning the matchplay final 3 & 2.

The father and son played some great golf but they really did not expect to win the trip to Mauritius.

James, 16 (above) said: “It was an unreal experience playing with my dad. We always play golf together but it makes this ten times better winning with him.”

Dad Ian added: “When it came out that the first prize was Mauritius we had to get on Google maps.”

The pair are hoping that their winning streak will continue when they takes to the fairways on the unspoilt south coast of Mauritius.

Heritage Resorts offer luxury hospitality, superb beaches and arguably the best golf in the Indian Ocean.

American Golf marketing and communications diredctor Daniel Gathercole said: “Heritage Le Telfair is hosting the AfraAsia Bank Mauritius Open in November so the course will be a real test of our competitors’ skills.

“They have all already shown us what they can do here in the UK, but to take on the challenge of another championship course will really show us who is the best overall golfer in the competition.”

“American Golf has built a fabulous portfolio of events, so it is our pleasure to be able to provide their Grand Final prizes this year.”

And Jonathan Menteath, general manager at the Heritage Golf Club said:“We look forward to welcoming them to Heritage Resorts and giving the champions an unforgettable experience here in Mauritius.”

The Championship finals will be shown on Sky Sports across October and November.

The American Golf Events series is a vital part of a drive to get more people out playing golf more often.

In its fourth year, the Championships are going from strength to strength and with the quality of golf on show through this year’s qualifiers and finals, the future is looking bright.