2019 MercedesTrophy National Final


The 2019 MercedesTrophy marks 30 years since the tournament’s global inauguration. In celebration of this occasion, the New Zealand National Final was held for the first time at the world-class Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th of April. After two challenging days, three finalists earned their place to represent New Zealand at the 2019 MercedesTrophy World Final in Stuttgart.

Locally, the 2019 MercedesTrophy New Zealand National Final presents an opportunity for qualifying amateur golfers to compete in the highly anticipated tournament, with over 60,000 players from more than 60 countries participating around the world.

Out of the initial regional group of more than 550 players from across the country, an exclusive field of 16 qualifying competitors played at Cape Kidnappers for the opportunity to represent New Zealand at the MercedesTrophy World Final.

Finishing first with 73 stableford points and claiming the prestigious National Final and Division B Champion title, was Rex Gilbert from Maungakiekie Golf Club. Finishing in second place with 72 stableford points, and claiming the Division A title, was David Li from Titirangi Golf Club. Rounding out TeamNew Zealand with the Division C title was David Cho from Mount Maunganui Golf Club with 53 points. All three players will travel to Stuttgart in October and compete as Team New Zealand at the MercedesTrophy World Final.

In addition to contesting the prestigious winners’ prize, the New Zealand finalists were given the opportunity to compete for a number of  ‘once-in-alifetime’ golfing experiences.

The ‘Drive to the Major’ straightest drive competition, held on the 15th hole on Saturday, offered golfers the chance to win a VIP trip to the 2019 staging of  ‘The Open Championship’, and tee off on the historic Dunluce Links Golf Course at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland the day after the tournament.

Glenda Petre from Manawatu Golf Club landed her drive an impressive 1.02m from the centre line and was awarded this ‘money can’t buy’ experience.

The other major prize offered was the chance to win a new Mercedes-Benz A 250 4MATIC for any competitor able to achieve a hole-in-one on thedesignated par three hole each day. Despite excellent shot-making underpressure and some extremely close attempts, no-one sank the elusive ‘ace’.

As our official charity partner for the event, guests were asked to givegenerously over the course of the weekend to support The Key to Life charitable foundation. Thanks to the generosity of all those attending, more than $1,000 was raised for the charity.

We would like to wish all the winners the very best of luck as they represent New Zealand on the global stage. We know they will do us proud.

A special thank you to our event partners Cathay Pacific and Mercedes-Benz Financial Services for their invaluable support of this event and for creating an unforgettable experience for our customers.