From 23–27 September 2010, Stuttgart will become the venue for an international amateur golf tournament. Over 100 golfing enthusiasts and Mercedes-Benz customers from 43 different countries will be putting their driving, pitching and putting skills to the test when they meet for the MercedesTrophy World Final, which is traditionally staged in the premium automotive brand’s home city. For three days, the 27 teams will be playing the courses at the Bad Liebenzell Golf Club (25 September) and Schloss Nippenburg Golf Club (26–27 September). The winning national team will be awarded the coveted Nations Cup and there are also prizes for the best individual players.
“We are delighted to be able to welcome friends and customers of Mercedes-Benz from all over the world to the final of the MercedesTrophy here in Stuttgart,” says Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Mercedes-Benz Cars. “As usual, a thrilling and perfectly organised tournament lies in store for all competitors. Besides the attractive programme of accompanying events, which will introduce the finalists to our city and region, they can also look forward to another special highlight in the form of the new Mercedes-Benz CLS – the new style icon from Mercedes-Benz.”
The new Mercedes-Benz CLS is receiving its world premiere on 30 September 2010 at the Paris Motor Show. However, those taking part in the MercedesTrophy World Final can enjoy a unique preview of the car in an exclusive presentation being held ahead of the official unveiling in the French capital.
There is also a Driving Experience event, which gives the MercedesTrophy finalists and their accompanying guests the opportunity to try out a wide variety of current Mercedes-Benz models for themselves. A very special driving training course has been planned for them too: under the professional tutelage of DTM drivers Bruno Spengler and Jamie Green, they will be able to take the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and acquaint themselves with the supercar in unforgettable fashion.
Professional support will also be on hand on the golf course too. Professional golfer Anders Hansen will be playing a special “nearest to the line” competition with each flight of players. An exceptional prize awaits the golfer with the most accurate shot. All players will of course be able to get valuable golfing tips from Anders Hansen too.
Another special competition will take place on the second day of the tournament. Waiting to greet the finalists at the 10th hole of the course at the Schloss Nippenburg Golf Club will be Marcus Allen, Laureus Academy Member and former professional American football player. Marcus Allen will pit himself against the finalists in a “nearest to the pin” challenge, at the same time as collecting donations for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. As one of its founding members, Mercedes-Benz does a great deal to support this foundation. In addition to the sums collected at the MercedesTrophy World Final, all of the donations made during the MercedesTrophy qualification tournaments that were staged around the world will benefit the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation too.
Mercedes-Benz’s involvement in amateur golf dates back to 1989. The MercedesTrophy is the brand’s own series of amateur invitational tournaments for customers, with some 58,000 players competing in 43 countries every year.