Martin reclaims PGA Tour of Australasia card

BENDIGO golfer Andrew Martin has won his way back onto the PGA Tour of Australasia in emphatic fashion.

Martin finished tied for third after the final stage of qualifying school at Peninsula Golf Club.

Heading into Friday's final round, the Neangar Park product only needed a solid 18 holes to finish in the top 25 and earn his spot on next year's tour.

But he left nothing to chance, with a superb three-under par 69 propelling him to 12-under for the tournament.

Martin's round was laced with six birdies, including five on his bogey-free front nine.

A brilliant six-under par 66 on the opening day set up his charge back onto the tour.

He then stroked an even-par 72 in the second round, before consecutive scores of 69 to come home strong.

Martin finished one shot behind runner-up Matt Jager and four adrift of amateur Callan O'Reilly.

For O'Reilly, the victory means the equivalent exemption category 8a, equal to winning a state-based title.

The next 24 best players receive exemption category 11.

Axedale's Kris Mueck had already earned category 10 exemption for next year after a string of good performances in tier two tournaments.

The 2014 tour tees-off with the Victorian PGA Championship at Heritage Golf and Country Club from February 6-9.

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