Her­bert eyes Vic Open ti­tle

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LU­CAS Her­bert missed the Vic Open this year and it didn’t sit well.

A trip to the PGA Tour China Q-school co­in­cided with the 2018 edi­tion and the young Vic­to­rian, who came so close to win­ning his state ti­tle in 2017, had to make the de­ci­sion to miss for his im­me­di­ate ca­reer.

Fast-for­ward a year and Her­bert, who turned 23 this week, is now the proud owner of a full Euro­pean Tour card af­ter a stel­lar 2018 around the world.

And while he’ll have played a few events with his new card by the time the Fe­bru­ary 7-10 event at 13th Beach Golf Links rolls around, there will be few he’ll play all year that he’ll hold as dearly.

“I can’t wait to come back to Bar­won Heads and have an­other shot at the Vic Open,” Her­bert said in Gee­long yesterday at the tour­na­ment launch at GMHBA Sta­dium.

“It’s my state open and I’ve al­ways wanted to get my name on that tro­phy, es­pe­cially now it’s be­come such an in­te­gral part of the Aussie golf­ing cal­en­dar and, on the men’s side co­sanc­tioned with the Euro­pean Tour for the first time.

“I love the crowd in­ter­ac­tion around the cour­ses and I can­not wait to have an­other crack at it in Fe­bru­ary.”

The trail­blaz­ing tour­na­ment, which also has earnt its place on the LPGA Tour for the first time, an­nounced a new ti­tle spon­sor yesterday, with ISPS Handa locked in for the next two years. Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Mi­dori Miyazaki told the launch that ISPS Handa was de­lighted to partner with the con­cur­rent men’s and women’s tour­na­ment, also part of the do­mes­tic PGA and ALPG Tours.

“It’s won­der­ful that these bod­ies can bring such a great event — and the Gee­long re­gion — to a global au­di­ence,” Miyazaki said.

“The Vic Open has been ex­tremely suc­cess­ful in re­cent years in help­ing peo­ple see golf in a dif­fer­ent way — and ISPS Handa hopes, as al­ways, to do the same thing.

“We be­lieve in the power of sport to in­spire and be­ing a part of ar­guably the world’s most in­clu­sive tour­na­ment will help us to spread that mes­sage and break down bar­ri­ers be­tween com­mu­ni­ties even fur­ther.”

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