Pune’s Gangal first to qualify for Mercedes National finals

Sakal Times
Friday, 5 January 2018

Pune: Sachin Gangal earned the distinction of becoming the first golfer to qualify for the National Final of the 18th edition of the MercedesTrophy, India’s largest and most prestigious corporate Golf tournament. 

Playing on day one of the opening leg of the tournament at the Oxford Golf Resort on Thursday, Sachin carded a Nett. score of 70.6 to finish in top spot. Day two on Friday will determine the second and final qualifier from the city. Pune will also host the National Finals at the same venue between April 4 and 6.

Pune: Sachin Gangal earned the distinction of becoming the first golfer to qualify for the National Final of the 18th edition of the MercedesTrophy, India’s largest and most prestigious corporate Golf tournament. 

Playing on day one of the opening leg of the tournament at the Oxford Golf Resort on Thursday, Sachin carded a Nett. score of 70.6 to finish in top spot. Day two on Friday will determine the second and final qualifier from the city. Pune will also host the National Finals at the same venue between April 4 and 6.

Delighted after the win Sachin said, “It feels fantastic. I have been trying this for the last two years. This is a unique format the Double Peoria. In fact, last two years I played even better but this year I got lucky. Mercedes Trophy Golf is the best tournament. It always happens in the first week of the New Year and it’s a great way to start the golfing season and a great way to start the New Year. Roland Folger in particular is a great person and this is a fantastic event. No question about it. I look forward to the winning the National Finals now and make my way to Stuttgart for the World Finals.”

The best Gross Winner of the day was Shishir Donde with a score of 80 and there were a host of other prizes on offer to be 
won as well.

Prominent winners included Nachiket Yeole who won the Ballantine’s Long Drive Challenge with a mammoth drive of 235 yards. Rajesh Kailat won the Mercedes-Benz Closest to Pincontest on the Par 3 14th hole landing the ball 11ft from the pin. In the Mercedes - Benz Closest to Pin in Two Shots played at the Par Four 10th hole, Saket Batra emerged triumphant, landing the ball 29ft from the pin. 

The Mercedes-Benz Straightest Drivecontest, played on hole two, was won by Amarsinh Parmar, who landed his drive on the straight line.

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