Herbert to play in the US and Japan

BENDIGO golfer Lucas Herbert heads to the United States on Friday with the aim of qualifying for next year’s US Masters at Augusta.

DOWN THE MIDDLE: Lucas Herbert.

DOWN THE MIDDLE: Lucas Herbert.

The 18-year-old will play in the Western Amateur Championship in Chicago from July 28-August 2 and the US Amateur Championship in Atlanta from August 11-17.

A top-two finish in the US Amateur Championship will earn Herbert a berth at Augusta next year.

Herbert, who has climbed to 16th in the world amateur rankings, has been invited to play against professionals in the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup in Japan in late September.

The event, which was won by Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama last year, carries prizemoney of more than $1.5million.

The prestigious Eisenhower Trophy amateur event is also played in Japan in September. Golf Australia will select its three-man team at the completion of the US Amateur Championships.

Herbert, who won the Ivo Whitton series event in Barham last weekend, has recently joined highly-rated golf coach Denis McDade at Yarra Bend in Melbourne.

McDade also coaches Australian golf stars Marc Leishman and Marcus Fraser.

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