Martin eyes Vic Open crown

ANDREW Martin has put the disappointment of narrowly missing out on his Asian tour card behind him as he prepares for the Victorian Open at 13th Beach Golf Links.

The Neangar Park golfer missed out on his Asian tour card by three shots last weekend.

The performance was good enough for him to earn a place on the Asian Development Tour, but for now his focus is playing well at 13th Beach, starting Thursday.

"It's been a big few weeks with two trips to Asia, but I feel as though I'm playing as well as I ever have,'' Martin said on Wednesday.

"It was disappointing to miss out last week, but I was happy with the way I played.

"I had trouble adjusting to the greens and, in the end, that's what probably cost me.

"I'm hitting the ball well and I'm confident in the way I'm playing."

The Victorian Open will be a completely different test for Martin to what he confronted in Asia.

"The weather will play a big part this week,'' Martin said.

"There's birdies there to be made if you stay patient."

Martin will be joined in the Victorian Open field by Bendigo young gun Lucas Herbert and Axedale's Kris Mueck.

Herbert, the 20th ranked amateur in the world, will play alongside SEN radio personality Mark Allen.

Herbert, Allen and Ryan Lynch tee off at 7.30am on the creek course in the first round.

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