MARK F. HAASTRUP

BIOGRAPHY

Height – 6 ft 1″
Date of birth – 16th April 1984
Turned pro – 2007 (plus 3)
Family – Wife: Mandy, Child: Kensi Lou
Residence – Copenhagen, Denmark

Mark turned pro in 2007 after a successful college career at Georgia State University. He also had a noteworthy amateur career in Europe and Denmark where he was one of the stand-out talents. Mark held a full Challenge Tour card for 2008 after advancing to the final stage of the qualifying school. He earned his maiden professional win at The Dubliner but it nearly didn’t happen. After a run of five events, Mark was scheduled to take a week off but after an impressive weekend performance in his homeland the week prior, he made the inspired decision to go ahead and play. That result catapulted him into a European Tour card earning position but he narrowly missed out at the Grand Final.

After playing the Challenge Tour again in 2009, Mark earned his European Tour card by finishing 8th at the qualifying school. The 2010 season was full of high’s and low’s. Mark fished 3rd twice and added two further top-tens to be the last man to retain his playing privileges for 2011. However, a fall on the stairs at home in September 2010 resulted in a broken wrist. Having initially been told he would be back in 7 weeks, it was only 20 months later that he was fully fit after painstaking physio and ultimately, surgery too.

Mark battled back hard in 2013 and with limited starts on the Challenge Tour, he regained a card by finishing 62nd on the rankings.

Mark found some recent form on the European Tour mini tours, most notably on the Nordic League. He won the 2016 Nordic Golf League Ranking with a total win of €54,619. He won 4 tournaments throughout the 2o16 season and managed a total number of 13 top-10’s in only 20 tournaments. He claimed victory at the SM Match, Isaberg Open, Star for Life Challenge and the Tourfinal Vellinge Open. This has secured Mark a Challenge Tour card for the 2017 season – a reward after his stellar season on the Nordic League.

On the 2017 Road to Oman, Mark’s best finish came at the KPMG Trophy where he finished in solo third on -17. 4 fantastic rounds of 69, 68, 68 and 66 shot Mark up the leaderboard and earned him huge points for the Road to Oman rankings.

Other good results from Mark came in France and Sweden where he finished T14 and T19. His 2017 Challenge Tour season came to an end in Ras Al Khaimah where he finished the year ranked 76th on the Road to Oman rankings.

DID YOU KNOW?

Mark was an excellent soccer player and had ambitions of turning professional.