Pune: The country’s largest luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz India teed off India’s largest amateur golf tournament, MercedesTrophy today in Pune. The 18th edition of the most prestigious corporate golf tournaments 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.
Speaking on the occasion, Roland Folger, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India commented, “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. 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.”
The 18th edition of the MercedesTrophy commences with the Pune qualifiers at the Oxford Golf Resort and 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, 2018 in Jaipur. The national finals of the tournament will be played between 4th and 6th April, 2018 in Pune and three winners will compete against those from tournaments played in 60 countries all over the world in the 29th edition of the MercedesTrophy in Stuttgart, Germany. Mercedes-Benz is also providing opportunity for beginners to learn golf through Golf Clinic under expert supervision.
One of the biggest golf tournaments in the country, MercedesTrophy, has attained social significance with the association of Laureus - Sport for Good Foundation. The tournament will raise voluntary funds from the participants and same will be used to fund different programmes from Laureus and its NGOs to empower underprivileged children using the power of sport. In addition to this, MercedesTrophy will also organize lucky draws for participants who have donated towards this noble cause.
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