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Golf: Kapil Dev & Devinder Pal Singh grab final qualification spots

MercedesTrophy Noida Leg

By Shri Ram Shaw Noida, Mar 9 : City Golfers Kapil Dev Handicap Category A (0-17) and Devinder Pal Singh – Handicap Category B (18-24) qualified for the National Finals of MercedesTrophy 2018 on day 3 (Friday) of the Noida leg qualifier held at the Jaypee Greens Golf Resort. Kapil Dev and Devinder Pal Singh clinched the two qualification spots available on Day 3 of the leg by carding a nett. score of 70.6 and 71.8 respectively.

The MercedesTrophy 2018 has so far seen 43 qualifiers including today who will be competing in the National Finals to be played at the Oxford Golf Resort in Pune from 4-6 April 2018.Speaking on his win CAT A winner Kapil Dev said, “It was a great game, made a lot of long putts and I am looking forward to the national final.”Commenting on the qualification CAT B winner Devinder Pal Singh said, “I am absolutely thrilled with my win today and I hope to do something at the national finals because that’s where I failed last time.

Overall it is a very well organized program by Mercedes team.”The best Gross Winner of the day was Sahil Jain with an excellent round of 75 and there were a host of other prizes on offer to be won on the day.Prominent winners included Joydeep Nayar who won the Ballantine’s Long Drive Challenge with a mammoth drive of 310 yards. Govind Chawla won the Mercedes-Benz Closest to Pin contest on hole no. 16 by landing the ball at 3 ft. from the pin. In the Mercedes – Benz Closest to Pin in Two Shots, Arun Anand landed the ball at 7 ft. 6 inch from the pin to win the contest on hole no. 1. Vikram Sharma won the Mercedes-Benz Straightest Drive contest on hole no. 11 by landing the ball at 2 ft. 10 inch from the line.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 115 golfers competed on Day 3 of MercedesTrophy Noida leg. This year’s MercedesTrophy will host 27 days of golf across 12 Indian cities. Pune will also host the national finals at the Oxford Golf Resort between 4th and 6th April.

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 Noida qualifiers will travel to Jaipur as the last leg of the 12 city qualifiers. Forty-five winners will be selected from the qualifiers for the National Finals. The qualifiers end on March 11 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


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