Martin storms home in New Zealand Open

BENDIGO golfer Andrew Martin claimed a top-10 finish in the New Zealand Open in Queenstown.

Martin fired a bogey free four-under par 68 in Sunday's final round to finish the tournament in a tie for eighth at 10-under par.

He was eight shots behind runaway winner Dimitrios Papadatos.

Martin struggled with the putter on the front nine of his final round at The Hills.

The Neangar Park member made one birdie and 12 pars in his first 13 holes.

However, he turned it on down the stretch, making three birdies in his final five holes to catapult up the leaderboard.

It's the second time in three years Martin has finished inside the top 10 at The Hills Golf Club.

In 2012, Martin was tied for second in the New Zealand PGA Championship.

Fellow Bendigo professional Kris Mueck finished in a tie for 44th at one-under par.

Mueck's final round two-over par 74 included three birdies, three bogeys and one double bogey.

Papadatos scored the biggest win of his young career.

Heading into the back nine, the New South Welshman was locked in an intriguing battle with New Zealander Mark Brown.

However, Papadatos burst clear with five birdies on the back nine to claim the title in fine style by four shots from Brown.

David Klein was third at 13-under, while Ashley Hall and Richard Lee were tied for fourth at 12-under.

Ryan Fox and Terry Pilkadaris finished one shot ahead of Martin in a tie for sixth.

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