Mercedes Trophy: Six Mumbaikars make it to national finals

In all 250 golfers tried their luck over a period of three days at the Willingdon Club here at Mahalaxmi.

Dilip Dandekar (left) and Ajit Parmar, two of the six golfers to qualify for the Mercedes Trophy National Finals to be held in Pune.

Six amateur golfers from the inaugural competition of the MercedesTrophy advanced to the national finals to be held in Pune. In all 250 golfers tried their luck over a period of three days at the Willingdon Club here at Mahalaxmi.

On Thursday, Sachin Khanna (handicap 12) and Ashok Mohan Advani (handicap 24) topped the leaderboard in their categories with net scores of 64 and 63.4. Anoop Patel (handicap 7) and Kamesh Gupta (handicap 24) joined them on the second day with net scores of 63.4 and 61.8.On the third and final day Ajit Parmar (handicap 15) and Dilip Dandekar (handicap 19) made the cut with scores of 63.2 and 64.

The six winners were felicitated by Roland Folger, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India. Mr. Folger said: “It has been our continuous endeavour to engage with our customers with enthralling experiences. Mercedes Trophy is one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world with a legacy of more than 20 years in over 60 countries. It’s now in its 16th year in India. It has been an exciting time at the Mumbai qualifiers and we are very pleased to see the enthusiastic turnout of customers and their zest for the sport. The enthusiastic participation witnessed over the past two days underlines the immense popularity of the competition. We have witnessed some fine golfers and golfing enthusiasts and we wish the very best to the six winners who will compete at the much awaited national finals in Pune.”

The tournament will be played in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Coimbatore and Pune. The winners of the national finals will progress to the MercedesTrophy World Finals that will be held in Stuttgart, Germany in September.