City Golfers Murad Talib And Dinesh Lal Earn Spots For National Finals Of Mercedestrophy
City golfers MuradTalib (CAT A) with a gross score of 81 and Dinesh Lal(CAT B) with gross score of 97 qualified from the first day of the Mumbai qualification leg of MercedesTrophy 2019. Murad carded a Nett. Score of 69 while Dinesh carded a Nett. Score of 74.2 to grab the qualifications spot. The MercedesTrophy has so far seen 10 qualifiers including today who will be competing in the National Finals to be play at the Oxford Golf Resort in Pune scheduled between 27th and 29th March 2019.
Commenting after the win, Murab Talib said, ‘I am very happy to win the qualifiers of such a prestigious event and look forward eagerly to the National Finals now. I thank Mercedes for the wonderful experience and we had a wonderful time here at the BPGC.”
Prominent winners included Vishal Sachdeva who won the Ballantine’s Long Drive Challenge with a mammoth drive of 287 yards. Sanjeev Chaudhari won the Standard Chartered Closest to Pin contest by landing the ball at 1ft 3inch from the pin. In the Mercedes – Benz Closest to Pin in Two Shots, Dhruv Gupta landed the ball at 10 ft. from the pin to win. Mahendra Doshi who landed the ball at 11 inches. from the line won the Mercedes-Benz Straightest Drive contest.
The format of play was Double Peoria. This unique format of adjusting handicaps of players levels the playing field enabling golfers to have a greater chance of qualifying for the National Finals.
A total of 97 golfers participated on the opening day in Mumbai and will see another 104 golfers compete for four remaining qualification spots over the next two days respectively.
Mercedes-Benz’s global charity partner– Laureus Sport for Good Foundation is also associated with the tournament to raise funds for its programmes in India. While participants can donate online or on-ground at the tournament venue, Mercedes-Benz India will donate an equal amount to match the funds raised from participants.
Globally, MercedesTrophy witnesses participation of approximately 60,000 golfers from across 60 countries battling it out for the top prize, making it one of the world’s largest and most coveted sporting events.
The 19th edition of theMercedesTrophy will travel to seven more cities after Mumbai including Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur and Lucknow before returning to Pune for the National Final.
Three winners of the National Finals will then compete against those from tournaments played in 60 countries all over the world in the 30th edition of the MercedesTrophy World Final to be held in Stuttgart, Germany. Mercedes-Benz is also providing an opportunity for beginners to learn golf through their Golf Clinic program.
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