BENDIGO professional golfers Andrew Martin and Kris Mueck will use the Neangar Park Pro-Am as preparation for overseas trips.
In late September, Martin will travel to England to play in the European PGA Tour Qualifying School.
Mueck will make a decision shortly as to which path he wants to take his career – European PGA Tour Qualifying School or the Web.Com Tour Qualifying School in the United States.
Fresh from a holiday to Hawaii, Martin is confident he can make his mark at European tour school.
“I tried my luck in Europe a couple of years ago and missed out by a couple of shots,’’ Martin said.
“I feel as though my game is better this time around. My golf game has matured and I feel as though I’m playing the best I ever have.
“I’m looking forward to getting over and having another go.”
Mueck is enjoying his best year as a professional.
The Axedale product has won three Pro-Am events this calendar year.
“There’s still a big summer to go, but so far I’m happy with how I’m going,’’ Mueck said.
“I’m leaning slightly towards European tour school, but I’m also looking at Web.Com tour school as well.
“The advantage of Europe is that Q-School gets you on to the main tour whereas the Web.Com Tour is a secondary tour.
“The Web.Com is still a great tour. The advantage of heading to the US is that the culture change is not as dramatic.
“The courses in the US could suit my game better because I tend to play better on softer greens.
“I’d love to play on either tour. I’ll be going to q-school one way or another.”
In the meantime, Martin and Mueck will both contest the $1million Fiji International from August 14-17 and the $110,000 Queensland Open from August 28-31.