North Yorkshire golfers ‘drive’ to New Zealand for competition
Three North Yorkshire golfers headed to ‘New Zealand’ to compete in the regional final of the world’s largest amateur golf competition – enjoying first-class travel to and from the event behind the steering wheels of their Mercedes-Benz.
There were no passports involved as Iain Leedham (York Strensall Golf Club), Robin Richardson (Ripon City) and Barry Whittles (Cottingham) took part in the regional final of the MercedesTrophy golf tournament at the New Zealand Golf Club in Addlestone,Surrey. More than 58,000 players from 43 nations take part in the competition worldwide.
Representing Mercedes-Benz North Yorkshire, the trio qualified for the event after winning through the group’s own golf day at Wike Ridge Golf Club near Leeds, where 65 customers participated.
Unfortunately they failed to progress to the UK final at the home of golf – St Andrews in Scotland– which was a disappointment for one player in particular. Nine-handicapper Iain Leedham was part of the Mercedes-Benz North Yorkshire team that reached a similar stage of the tournament last year so knows how good the trip north of the border is.
“I’m just going to have to sharpen up my game for next year as I would love to experience the St Andrews trip again,” said property developer Iain, the former owner of the Leedhams Vauxhall franchise inYork.
“As you would expect from Mercedes-Benz, this year’s competition was extremely well organised and our two-night stay at the superb Brooklands Hotel including dinner and a look around the Mercedes-Benz World brand experience centre, which was very interesting.”