Martin eyes tour card in Thailand

ANDREW Martin will take the first step towards gaining his Asian PGA Tour card at the Imperial Lakeview Golf Club in Thailand.

Martin needs to perform strongly in this week's first stage of qualifying school to advance to next month's final stage.

The top 40 players in the final stage of qualifying, played from February 12-15, earn a card for the 2014 season.

 In between the Asian tour school events, Martin will return to Australia to play in the Victorian PGA Championship at The Heritage Golf and Country Club in Melbourne from February 6-9.

Bendigo young gun Lucas Herbert is also in the field for the Victorian PGA.

Herbert, who is now ranked the 20th best amateur in the world, returns to The Heritage where he finished second to David Bransdon in last year's Heritage Classic.

Herbert made the golfing world stand up and take notice when he stormed home to finish in a three-way play-off.

He was the only amateur to make the cut at that tournament and his final round four-under par 68 was bogey free.

Axedale's Kris Mueck completes Bendigo's trio at the Victorian PGA.

Martin, Mueck and Herbert will also compete in the Victorian Open at 13th Beach Golf Links in Barwon Heads from February 20-23.

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