BENDIGO golfers will launch a three-pronged attack on the Queensland Open today.
Professionals Andrew Martin and Kris Mueck, and rising amateur star Lucas Herbert, will tee-off at Brookwater Golf and Country Club.
The trio have good reasons to be confident of strong showings.
Martin has been riding the wave of form since winning his biggest pro event at the City of Mackay Open last month.
The Neangar Park golfer recently led a $100,000 event in Capricorn at the halfway stage, before finishing tied for 11th.
Axedale’s Mueck has been well in contention on the pro-am circuit in Queensland, with three top-10 finishes in the past month.
Meanwhile, Herbert has continued to show his class on the big stage.
Herbert announced himself as a future star by finishing tied runner-up at his first pro event – the Heritage Classic – in January.
The Ravenswood teenager recently returned from a stint in the US, where he finished runner-up at the Callaway Junior World Golf Championship at Torrey Pines.
Although Herbert can’t take a share of the $110,000 prizemoney as an amateur, few would be surprised to see the young star in contention for the trophy.
Herbert has an 11.25am tee-off in the opening round today alongside 2011 Australian Amateur winner Matt Stieger and Steven Jones.
Mueck tees-off at 11.55am in a group with fellow Victorians Michael Choi and Glenn Joyner.
Martin starts his campaign from 7.30am with home state player Wayne Perske and New Zealand’s Brad Shilton.
The tight Brookwater course is renowned for rewarding accuracy off the tee.
The Queensland Open is marking its return to the PGA of Australasia tour calendar for the first time since 2007.
All three golfing stars have won monthly awards in the Bendigo Advertiser-WIN Television Sports Star of the Year award. Mueck and Herbert have also earned the prestigious Cyril Michelsen Trust Fund award at Sports Star.