Lucas Herbert at Axedale Golf Course. Photo: BRENDAN McCARTHY.

Herbert is ranked inside the world’s top 100 golfers on the back of a spectacular season in Europe, and is expected to continue his 2019 season today playing on his home club at Neangar Park.

And while the weather may be hot at the moment, it was nothing compared to the incredible round local golfer Kris Mueck put together yesterday, shooting a jaw dropping 59 off the stick in one of the best rounds of golf ever played in the Bendigo region.

The former professional finished birdie, birdie in breaking the 60 barrier, ending his miraculous round on the second hole of the challenging Axedale layout by rolling in a six metre downhill putt to the roar of the crowd.

On the previous hole, he smacked his tee shot to within about 30 centimetres of the pin to tap in for an easy birdie as the round of his life continued to unfold.

Axedale Golf Club made its debut on the Ladbroke Pro-Am Series yesterday and hosting a professional event has been on the radar for some time at Axedale but things all came together for the club in late 2018.

“This is a first for our club,” said Axedale president Andrew Watson, “but hopefully far from the last.

“The response from our sponsors and members has been fantastic and we are confident of staging a terrific event.

“For us, it’s a chance to showcase the work our grounds staff and volunteers have done to produce a first-class country golf course.

Neangar Park will host today’s Evolution Print Copy Solutions Pro-Am, a regular now on the Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series.

“This event is one the highlights of our golfing calendar here at the club and we have seen some really good players come here in the last few years to take on our course” said Nicolas Rix, manager at Neangar Park.

“It’s great that we have been able to find a date that works for both us and Axedale so the local golf fans come out to see a  world class player like Lucas” added Rix.

Herbert won’t have it all his own way over the two days with fellow Neangar Park native Andrew Martin confirmed in the field along with fellow ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia members Josh Younger, Ashley Hall and young professional Frazer Droop.

Playing off 25, Paul O’Sullivan won yesterday’s stableford event with 42 points, while Andrew Martin shot 63 to win the inaugural Pro Am title.

Action continues from 10am today at Neangar Park, and with the courses open, spectators are encouraged to come out and walk with the