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Winners crowned at 2011 Mercedes Trophy Final
The World's biggest Amateur Tournament
4th October 2011

The MercedesTrophy is the prestige car company's own series of amateur invitational tournaments, now in its 22 nd year, with more than 60,000 players competing in over 60 countries in 2011. From September 28 th to October 4 th , 29 teams from around the world competed in Stuttgart in one of the most prestigious tournaments in amateur golf.

This year's winners of the Nations Cup were the teams from New Zealand and South Asia with 201 points each. They were closely followed by the team of UK with a total of 200 points.

In the individual scoring, the following players won the MercedesTrophy World Final: with 76 points, Steven Goodley from USA achieved the best overall score; and with a showing of 80 points, Simon Matton from UK posted the best results in the class A. Rod Duke from New Zealand won the class B with 76 points, and Johan Malmqvist, from Nordic team, grabbed top honours in the class C with 79 points.

"Once again the MercedesTrophy World Final has proved a great success. We have seen brilliant performances across all three days, especially from the teams of New Zealand and South Asia, " says Lüder Fromm, Director of Global Marketing Communications for Mercedes-Benz Cars. "For our brand, the tournament is an excellent platform to welcome and celebrate customers from all over the world."

Off the course, the MercedesTrophy finalists and their guests had the opportunity to drive the latest Mercedes-Benz models such as the SLK 350 or the CL 500 at a special Driving Experience event.

Another highlight was the presentation of the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster at the prize-giving ceremony. The car premiered only a few weeks ago at the IAA in Frankfurt. Two days before, the new ML 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC, the most fuel-efficient SUV in its class, was displayed at a function at the golfclub.

A surprise guest at the event was professional golfer Adam Scott, who was announced as the new Mercedes-Benz international golf brand ambassador from 2012. The Australian has had a superb year, including his best finish at a Major championship when he finished tied for second place at The Masters in Augusta. He is currently ranked number 9 in the World.

Scott took part in the prize-giving ceremony as well as a "beat the star" competition where participants had the chance to play against him at hole 10. He joins long-time brand ambassador Bernhard Langer who extended his association with Mercedes-Benz last month for another three years.

Another first at the MercedesTrophy World Final was the 'Drive to the Major' competition - a competition which combines amateur golf with top professional golf. The aim was to drive the ball closest to a marked line on the fairway, nicknamed the 'Straightest Drive'. The prize for the winner includes a trip to the most prestigious and oldest professional golf tournament, The Open Championship, and the opportunity to win a spot for the "Monday After Event" - a chance to play the actual course the day after the event finishes - through qualifying in a side tournament during the stay.

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