Martin faces PGA Tour test

THE pressure will be on Andrew Martin on Wednesday when he tees-off in the first qualifying stage for next year's PGA Tour of Australasia.

The Neangar Park golfer will by vying to win back the card he lost after a testing 2013.

A regular on the tour since 2006, Martin is among the leading contenders in the 170-player field to win a spot on next year's tour.

Qualifying school will be played separately across two courses - Sandhurst and Peninsula - over 54 holes.

Only the leading players from each course will progress to the final stage of qualifying at Peninsula next week.

Included in the field for first qualifying are amateurs seeking to join the professional circuit, experienced pros trying to improve their exemption category and players who have failed to retain their status, such as Martin.

The number of positions in the final stage of qualifying won't be known until after players have teed-off on Wednesday.

Axedale's Kris Mueck won't have to tee-off for tour school after squeezing into an exemption status for next year.

Mueck will have category 10 status - one higher than tour school qualifiers - for next year's tour after strong performances in tier two tournaments.

Mueck finished 20th on the PGA Tour's tier two money list for 2013.

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