Pune: India’s largest luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz India will tee off India’s largest amateur golf tournament, the MercedesTrophy with the first leg scheduled at the picturesque Oxford Golf Resort in Lavale, near here on Thursday.
The 18th edition of the prestigious corporate golf tournament will host 27 days of golfing across 12 Indian cities. 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.
“MercedesTrophy is a well-established sporting tournament globally and in India the response has been overwhelming and growing with each passing year. In its 18th edition this year, MercedesTrophy witnesses the country’s finest golfers rubbing shoulders and competing in this much coveted trophy,” said Roland Folger, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India.
“This year is special for us, as we are pleased to extend our partnership with Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, with the tournament. With this partnership, it’s an opportunity for us to bring smiles to children and empower them towards a better future using sport. We would like to extend our gratitude towards our customers, who have made this tournament a successful sporting event of the country,” Folger said.
This year the the MercedesTrophy will travel to 11 more cities - Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Kolkata, Chennai, Chandigarh, Gurgaon, Noida and Jaipur.
Forty winners will be selected from the qualifiers, which will end on March 11 in Jaipur.
The national finals of the tournament will be played between April 4 and 6 at the same Oxford Golf Resort and three winners will compete against those from tournaments played in 60 countries all over the world in the 29th MercedesTrophy in Stuttgart, Germany.
Mercedes trophy factfile
- Largest of its kind participative golf tournament in India, 2018 edition to witness participation from close to 3000 golfers
- MercedesTrophy to take place across India in 12 cities spread over 27 days
- Chandigarh and Hyderabad to witness an extra day of golf this year
- Mercedes-Benz is also providing beginners to learn golf through Golf Clinic
- Over 60,000 golfers from around the world to participate in MercedesTrophy 2018
- Top three golfers from India will qualify to play at the prestigious world final to be held in Stuttgart in October, 2018