Natarajan claims second National finals qualifying spot

File Photo : Akshay Kilachand
IANS|11-Jan-2018 17:14

Mumbai, Jan 11 : Golfer Rajesh Natarajan claimed the second National finals spot, winning the city qualifiers of the Mercedes Trophy golf meet, it was announced on Thursday.

Rajesh returned a nett score of 71.8 to emerge victorious. He will now join actor R. Madhavan, who won on the first day. 

Delighted after the win, Natarajan said: "I am very happy to win the qualifiers of such a prestigious event and look forward eagerly to the National Finals now. I thank Mercedes for the wonderful experience and we had a wonderful time here at the BPGC."

One more qualifier will be identified on Friday, the third and the final day of the of the Mumbai qualifiers

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The best Gross Winner of the day was Akshay Kilachand who carded an excellent round of 76and there were a host of other prizes on offer to be won on the day.

Prominent winners included Devang Sharma who won the Ballantine's Long Drive Challenge with a long drive of 260 yards. 

Aryanman Rajpurohit won the Mercedes-Benz Closest to Pin contest while the Mercedes-Benz Closest to Pin in Two Shots was won by R. Ramakrishnan, who landed the ball 5 ft from the pin after two shots. 

The format of play was Double Peoria. This unique format of adjusting handicaps of players levels the playing field enabling golfers to have a greater chance of qualifying for the National Finals.