MercedesTrophy UK Final sends trio of Hertfordshire golfers on an unforgettable trip to St Andrews
There’s nothing on a par with the Mercedes Trophy – on or off the golf course – as a trio of Mercedes-Benz Hertfordshire customers discovered after reaching the UK Final of this year’s competition.
Paul Whitnell, from Bishop’s Stortford, Phil Embleton and Richard Fletcher, who both live in Hertford, flew up to Scotland where they spent four nights competing against Mercedes-Benz owners representing other retailers from around the country at the home of golf – St Andrews.
The trio reached the event after winning their respective handicap sections at Mercedes-Benz Hertfordshire’s own golf day at Brocket Hall in June. They then came through a Mercedes Trophy national final qualifier at St George’s Hill Golf Club in Surrey.
North of the border, from start to finish, their experience will live long in the memory – indeed many of the finalists commented that it was the closest that they will ever come to sampling the treatment usually reserved for professional golfers. Mercedes-Benz left them wanting for nothing – providing the very finest hospitality including accommodation at the world-famous Old Course Hotel and, it seemed, even arranging glorious weather and ideal playing conditions too.
And if their driving off the tee wasn’t always perfect, it certainly was on the road as all of the eight teams involved were chauffeured in style between courses and functions in a fleet of Mercedes-Benz S-Class limousines and V-Class people carriers courtesy of the Mercedes-Benz VIP service.
Following a practice round and a fun competition on day one played on the Jubilee course at St Andrews, the serious action took place over 36 holes at the Kingsbarns Golf Links just 7 miles down the road from the home of golf. Renowned for its appearing on the European Tour in the Dunhill Links Championship; the stunning course is well established as one of the finest in the world.
After the first round, all three members of the Mercedes-Benz Hertfordshire team were in with a chance of chasing the leaders and winning their handicap categories despite being a few shots back. They each performed creditably on the final day but just couldn’t catch the three leaders as they held steady scores to remain at the top of the leader-board and qualify for the World Final in Germany next year.
Win or lose though, the awards ceremony that concluded the trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all. It took place at Glamis Castle, the childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, and a venue regarded by many as Scotland’s most beautiful castle. The presentations took place in the dining room of the Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kingshorne and guests were even serenaded by a marching bag-pipe band.
Now in its 26th year, the Mercedes Trophy is contested by 65,000 golfers from 60 countries. If you would like to be part of the 2016 competition then please watch this space!
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