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Rajeshwar Rao N qualifies for National Finals from Chennai Leg

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Local golfer Rajeshwar Rao N produced a net score of 72.6 to claim the sole National Final spot in the Chennai Leg of the 17th annual MercedesTrophy at the Cosmo TNGF here today.

Rajeshwar will now be playing the National Finals scheduled in Pune's Oxford Golf Resort from March 15-17.

"I am extremely happy with my win. This was a hard fought competition with 100 golfers participating on the day. Now, I am looking forward to competing against other golfers of the country in Pune," he said.

Anish Iyer won the Ballantine's Long Drive Challenge on the seventh hole with a mammoth drive of 293 yards. Anand Thyagrajan won the SWISS Closest to Pin contest landing the ball just 6 ft. From the pin on hole 13.

In the Mercedes - Benz straightest drive contest played on hole nine, N Krishnakumar Narayanaswamy was declared the winner while in the Mercedes- Benz Closest to Pin in Two Shots was won by T. Hari on hole three.

The best gross winner of the day was awarded to Darshan Veeraghavan who made a gross score of 81.

The Chennai was the seventh leg of the 12-city tournament which kick started the MercedesTrophy globally. This year, the MercedesTrophy will travel to 50 countries engaging 60,000 golfers worldwide.

Three Winners from the National Finals will further progress to the MercedesTrophy World Finals - Stuttgart, Germany in September 2017 to compete against winners from all over the world. One winner will travel to Scotland to witness the British Open at Royal Birkdale in July.

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First Published: Fri, February 03 2017. 17:42 IST