The 2015 MercedesTrophy New Zealand National Final was held at Millbrook Resort near Queenstown from 24-27 April. The highly competitive and prestigious annual competition presents Mercedes-Benz customers with a passion for golf, the opportunity to experience New Zealand’s premier golf resort, courtesy of Mercedes-Benz. As an exclusive international series of invitational tournaments for Mercedes-Benz customers, over 65,000 players from 60 countries tee off at the MercedesTrophy in local, regional and national events.
The exclusive field of 24 qualifying competitors at the 2015 national final were competing for the opportunity to represent New Zealand at the MercedesTrophy World Final, to take place at the ‘birthplace of the automobile’, Stuttgart, Germany in October.
Competitors faced varying weather conditions over the two competition rounds, which were held across all three of Millbrook Resort’s championship nine-hole layouts. The courses were each presented in outstanding condition, and after 36 holes of tournament play, three players prevailed.
Dr John Rowland from Mercedes-Benz Wellington competed exceptionally across both tournament days to finish with 71 stableford points and claim the prestigious New Zealand title. Stuart Hale from Ingham-Sears and David Li from Mercedes-Benz North Shore completed the tournament with 70 points a-piece to finish second and third respectively, and will join John as Team New Zealand at the MercedesTrophy World Final from 1-6 October.
In addition to the overall tournament prize, the New Zealand finalists were given the opportunity to compete for a number of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The ‘Drive to the Major’ straightest drive competition, held on the 7th hole of the ‘Remarkables’ course on Saturday, offered golfers the chance to win a trip to the 2015 staging of ‘The Open Championship’, and tee off on the historic Royal and Ancient Links at St Andrews. Bev Renwick from Ingham Prestige drove her ball closest to the line to be awarded the unrivalled, all-expenses paid VIP experience.
Mercedes-Benz also offered golfers the chance to win the recently named 2015 World Car of the Year, a brand new C 200, for any competitor able to achieve a hole-in-one on the designated par three hole. Despite some excellent shot-making, competitors were unable to register an elusive ‘ace’.
Commenting on the tournament, Ben Giffin, General Manager, Mercedes-Benz Cars New Zealand Ltd said: “Mercedes-Benz is dedicated to the perfect drive. We are thrilled to be able to offer our loyal customers with these truly unique golfing experiences. We wish John, Stuart and David the very best of luck as they represent New Zealand in October. We know they will do us proud