The first qualifying rounds for the Mercedes-Benz Trophy started on March 21 in southern province of Binh Duong's Song Be Golf Resort.

Around 4,000 golfers representing 24 golf clubs throughout Viet Nam have registered for the tournament.

Entrant numbers have increased by a third since last year, which is remarkable considering golf is a relatively new sport in the country. Vietnam has the third most entries in Asia behind Singapore and Chinese Taipei.

Qualifier events will be spread over 14 golf clubs for the next three months.

The best of each qualifying round will play in two semi-finals, to be held in the North and the South. The top third of the fields will be eligible to enter the Vietnam Final, from which the seven best players will form the Vietnam team to compete at the Asian Final in Australia in August 2011.

One of these players could represent Vietnam in the World Final in Stuttgart, Germany to be held in September.

The MercedesTrophy is a global premium tournament series for amateurs in its 22nd year. More than 58,000 players, in more than 43 countries, tee off annually./.