With the largest ever prize purse (€1-million) for a tournament held in Mauritius, the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open will tee off on 7 May 2015, at the Heritage Golf Club. Befitting of this momentous occasion, the prestigious trophy for the inaugural tournament, which is the first ever tri-sanctioned golf tournament endorsed by the Sunshine, European and Asian Tours, was unveiled.
The prestigious tournament trophy which was unveiled today was designed by renowned sculptor and designer Hubert Privé (pictured left). Commenting on the masterpiece he said, “I am pleased to have been associated with this unprecedented event in Mauritius through the creation of this trophy. The underlying concept for this sculpture was AfrAsia Bank’s Golf logo, which has been revisited through a more traditional appeal. It has the form of a laurel wreath, previously known as Triumphal Crown and symbolises victory. It is, indeed, the perfect fit for the winner of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open. In addition, the trophy’s 4 branches give it a spherical aspect. This circular shape is symbolic of earth, humanity and the universality of golf. One can also imagine it to reflect the curves of the little white ball.”
“The Tee, on the other hand, the backbone of this work, is the essential tool for any golfing performance. This is one item that constitutes my artistic signatures and that is dear to me. This particular piece of work, the tee, represents the setting up and launch of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open,” continued Privé.
James Benoit, CEO of AfrAsia Bank (above, right) said, “AfrAsia Bank is honoured to have the privilege to be a part of this historic tournament. As a Bank, we are not only committed to providing different banking solutions, we are also ardent on supporting unique and innovative endeavors such as this tournament. We are looking forward to watching some of the best players in the world this week as they battle it out for the ultimate honour of being crowned the inaugural AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open champion. Our congratulations to Hubert Privé for designing this splendid trophy that one outstanding golfer will lift at the end of the tournament.”