Lucas Herbert and Kris Mueck will take plenty of positives after playing some excellent golf in tough conditions at the Victorian Open, which wrapped up yesterday.
Herbert and Mueck were not able to threaten the leaders in the fourth round at 13th Beach Golf Links, but showed good form across the event.
Playing in just his second professional tournament, 17-year-old amateur Herbert finished tied for 46th at one-under the card after his one-over 73 yesterday.
Axedale professional Mueck shot two-over 74 to finish the Open at even par in 48th place.
A five-under 67 by Matthew Giles clinched victory at 13-under for the tournament, one stroke ahead of Ryan Lynch and amateur Nathan Holman.
Herbert showed he has the mettle to match his undoubted talent after bouncing back from a four-over 76 in the opening round to still make the cut with a four-under 68 on Friday.
Mueck’s tournament was book-ended by two rounds of two-over 74, but he played brilliantly on Friday and Saturday.
A bogey-free four-under 68 in the second round ensured he comfortably made the cut, before an even-par 72 – including and eagle on the par-four 13th.- in the third round.
The next event on the Australasian PGA circuit is the New Zealand PGA Championships beginning Thursday at Queenstown.
Herbert’s play at last month’s Heritage Classic earned the January award in the bankmecu-backed Bendigo Advertiser-WIN Television Sports Star of the Year, which will be announced this Friday in the Conservatory at Bendigo’s All Seasons.