ATLANTA (06/27/07) Georgia State sophomore Mark Haastrup has announced he will forego his final two years of eligibility to join the professional ranks. Haastrup also made it known today he has chosen Hambric Stellar Sports, a division of Hambric Sports Management, to handle his global management marketing representation.

 

"Mark has been a wonderful student-athlete to coach and a great representative of Georgia State University," expressed Matt Clark, who just completed his fourth season as the Panthers' head coach. "He has all of the tools necessary to succeed as a professional, and I look forward to following his career. I hate to see him go, but it has always been a goal of his play professional and I am happy to see Mark accomplish this goal."

 

The Hoejby, Denmark native will make his professional debut at this week's Estoril Challenge de Portugal, which takes place June 28 through July 1 at the Quinta da Marinha in Cascais, Estoril, Portugal. Haastrup, who tees off from the 10th hole at 2 p.m. local time, will begin his career on the PGA European Challenge Tour, which is the European equivalent to the PGA's Nationwide Tour in the United States.

 

"We are excited about having Mark Haastrup as a client," stated Rocky Hambric, Haastrup's agent. "He has the tools physically and mentally to be a successful professional. We can't wait to get him started and watch his career develop."

 

Haastrup burst upon the collegiate scene after winning the prestigious Carpet Capital Collegiate as a Georgia State freshman in 2005-06. While at State, Haastrup compiled an impressive resume that saw him become the first Panthers player to earn first, second or third team All-American honors (he received second team), which he did at the conclusion of the 2006 spring campaign.

 

A two-time first team all-Colonial Athletic Association recipient and the CAA Rookie of the Year, Haastrup claimed a school single-season record three collegiate victories in 2005-06, including the TOPY Cup in Japan and the 2006 CAA Championships. He recorded top five finishes in 22 tournaments, and totaled top 20 places 12 times.

 

A member of two Palmer Cup European Teams, Haastrup has enjoyed a successful amateur career as well, winning the 2006 Danish National Championship and finishing 21st out of 208 international golfers at the World Am.

 

Haastrup completes his eligibility at Georgia State ranked second all-time with a 72.34 career stroke average.

 

Fans can follow Haastrup's first professional event by logging onto www.europeantour.com.