Mumbai: City golfer Jaysinh Dave clinched the final qualification spot of the Mumbai Leg of the MercedesTrophy 2018, India’s largest and most prestigious corporate Golf tournament being held at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club on Day 3. Jaysinh carded a Nett. Score of 72 to emerge victorious on Day 3 of the Mumbai qualifications.
Jaysinh will now be competing at the National Finals of the tournament to be played at the Oxford Golf Resort in Pune from 4-6 April 2018 along with two other qualifiers from Mumbai, which includes Bollywood star R. Madhavan and Rajesh Natrajan identified on Day 1 and Day 2 respectively of the leg.
Commenting after the win, Jaysinh Dave said, “ I appreciate the effort. I am very glad that my five years of rigorous practice has paid off and has resulted in this achievement. I would also like to thank the Mercedes team for organizing such a wonderful tournament.”
A total of 300 golfers participated on the three days of the Mumbai qualifications. A host of 6 qualifiers have been identified so far from the three legs of the tournament including Pune, Ahmedabad and Mumbai. A total of another 34 qualifiers will be selected from the remaining nine legs of the trophy. MercedesTrophy will now proceed to its next qualification destination of Bengaluru scheduled to tee off on 17th January at the Prestige Golf Shire.
The best Gross Winner of the day was Parthive Sanghrajka with an excellent round of 74 and there were a host of other prizes on offer to be won on the day.
Prominent winners included Aditya Suklikar who won the Ballantine’s Long Drive Challenge with an impressive drive of 277 yards. Ajit Parmar was declared the winner in the Mercedes-Benz Closest to Pin contest. In the Mercedes – Benz Closest to Pin in Two Shots, Rajeev Kumar Shrivastava landed the ball at 7ft from the pin to win the contest. Gurinder Sehmbey who landed the ball at 1ft. 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.
This year’s MercedesTrophy will host 27 days of golf across 12 Indian cities. Pune will also host the national finals at the same venue between 4th and 6th April 2018.
This year for the first time, 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 18th edition of the MercedesTrophy after the Mumbai qualifiers will travel to 9 more cities – Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Kolkata, Chennai, Chandigarh, Gurgaon, Noida and Jaipur. Forty winners will be selected from the qualifiers for the National Finals. The qualifiers end on March 11, 2018 in Jaipur.
Three winners of the National Finals will then compete against those from tournaments played in 60 countries all over the world in the 29th 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.