MercedesTrophy Rules

  • Participants must be 21 years and older.
  • Participants to be eligible can be Male or Female amateur golfers.
  • The maximum official handicap for Men is 24 and Ladies is 30.
  • Please note that only players with official handicaps on the day of the regional tournament will be eligible for the winners' titles.
  • The handicap on your scorecard must correspond to the handicap on the system on the day of the dealer tournament.
  • Your score of the dealer day must be entered within the required time frame on the handicap system to avoid any penalties.
  • Count Out - Should two or more players tie with the same score the winner shall be determined on the player with the better net score on the hole rated Stroke Index 1 on the scorecard. Should there still be a tie the same method shall be used using Stroke Index 2 then 3 and so on until a winner is determined. Should there still be a tie the winner shall be decided on the toss of a coin.
  • Only Mercedes-Benz owners will be eligible to go through to the National Finals.
  • Non Mercedes-Benz owners will not be eligible to go through to the National Finals but can qualify for 2nd or 3rd prize.
  • Mercedes-Benz owner is defined as such:
    • As the registered owner of a Mercedes-Benz Passenger vehicle in his/her name with valid registration papers that is no older than ten years.
    • If legally married, the vehicle can be registered in the husband or wife's name with valid registration papers
    • If purchased in Company Name, the 1st place winner will qualify if he/she is in a Company leadership/management position of a regsitered company and is the sole driver of the vehicle.
    • If the vehicle is registered in a CC, the player must be the majority shareholder of the CC.
  • Participants may only play in one qualifying event in a series year. Should you be invited to more than one qualifying event, then the first event that you participate in will count towards qualification for the National Final.
  • Participants affiliated to the Sunshine Tour or any professional tour can participate but are not eligible for prizes.
  • No Senior tees are allowed as part of the World Final rules
  • Dealers and their staff and any sponsors cannot qualify for the National Final or the first three prizes, but may participate in the tournament. Closest to pin and longest drive prizes may be won.
  • Past winners can only qualify for the National Finals if they have missed three consecutive tournaments after having been to the finals. If they win on the day they can qualify for the 2nd prize of the day BUT WILL NOT be able to participate in the National Finals. E.g. if he/she won in 2013 and went to the National Finals in 2013 they CANNOT go to the National Finals in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
  • Players can only attend the World Finals once in their lifetime.
  • Players attending the National Finals must have a valid passport.
  • This is an amateur tournament sanctioned by the SA Golf Association Ref no Rule 4-2g SAGA01/18.
  • 1st place winners in each division of the dealer tournaments must be present at the prize-giving ceremony to receive their trophy plus winners' letter. Should the winners not be present at the price-giving ceremony the prizes will be forfeited and their prize will be forfeited to the next in line.
  • Prizes are non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash.
  • As a MercedesTrophy participant you consent to Mercedes-Benz South Africa publishing your photos taken at each event in any media if so required, including but not limited to, print and web media.
  • The decision of Mercedes-Benz South Africa is final and no correspondence will be entered into.