Mercedes-Benz Hertfordshire’s team for this year’s MercedesTrophy has been decided after the Group staged a closely-fought but highly enjoyable qualifier at Brocket Hall Golf & Country Club.
Fifty eight customers took part in the event that was played in near perfect conditions and proved to be the highest scoring on record as 11 golfers shot 35 points or more in the Stableford competition.
The overall winner with a score of 41 was Ian McInally, who plays off 12 at Luton Hoo Golf Club. Runner-up and a point behind was Royal Norwich’s Joe Robinson, with seven-handicapper Steve Sealey from East Herts Golf Club in third place with 39 points.
Amongst the other highlights at Brocket Hall was Cliff Myers (Mid Herts Golf Club) winning the nearest-the-pin competition and Marcus Stapleton (Regents Park) claiming the prize for the longest drive. Trick shot performer Kevin Carpenter also kept every player thoroughly entertained and enthralled during the day.
Attention now turns to the MercedesTrophy regional final at St George’s Hill Golf Club in Surrey on Friday 28th July, when a Mercedes-Benz Hertfordshire team will take on golfers representing other Retailers from around the country.
Unfortunately Joe Robinson is unable to participate so his place in the 0 to 10 handicap section will be taken by Steve Sealey. Ian McInally will compete in the 11 to 18 competition, whilst Phil Whitnell (qualifying for the second time in three attempts), who finished sixth and is a member at Manor of Groves, will also take part as the highest-placed golfer at Brocket Hall in the 19 and above section.
If successful at St George’s Hill, the trio will follow in the footsteps of Mercedes-Benz Hertfordshire teams from the past two years who have qualified through to the UK final at the home of golf – St Andrews in Scotland. This much sought-after prize includes three nights at the famous Old Course Hotel, two rounds of competitive golf at the Kingsbarns Golf Links, a glittering awards ceremony at Glamis Castle and Mercedes-Benz VIP chauffeured transport and hospitality throughout their stay.
Good luck guys!
The Mercedes-Benz Hertfordshire team of Ian McInally, Steve Sealey and Paul Whitnell played the St George’s Hill regional qualifying event on 28th July. In blustery conditions and exceptional fast testing greens, the course gave up nothing to anything but exceptional golf on the day, all players came in with a highly respectable score above 30 points which was above the average for the competition.
Unfortunately this event is not just about consistency, two of the best team scores are combined on each hole to give the total team score which sees each team compete for one of four national qualifying spots. The format leaves a suspenseful build up to a tour of Mercedes-Benz World and a stunning evening BBQ and prize giving in the Gullwing restaurant and terrace overlooking the infamous Brooklands test track.
It wasn’t to be a team from Mercedes-Benz Hertfordshire taking one of four qualifying spots at St Andrews this year as they narrowly missed out to their fellow competitors who despite in some cases achieving lower scoring, carded more three pointers which combined to push them up the team rankings. Rest assured they’ll be back to fight for a place again in twelve months time.
We’d like to thank Ian, Steve and Paul for representing us and hope to see you all at next year’s Hertfordshire MercedesTrophy qualifying event.