Martin through to final stage

BENDIGO professional golfer Andrew Martin has survived the first qualifying stage for next year's PGA Tour of Australasia.

Martin finished eighth at the Sandhurst Golf Club in Melbourne and progresses with 22 others to the final stage next week at Peninsula, starting Tuesday.

Martin capped a consistent three days with a par final round of 72, to finish even-par for the first stage.

He scored 74 on the opening day and 70 on day two.

Friday's round included two birdies and a double-bogey.

Amateur Callan O'Reilly and Raymond Beaufils led the field at seven-under for the tournament.

Martin will tee-off in Saturday's Bendigo Golf Club's Christmas Challenge.

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