Challenge Tour invite for WGC golfer

PUBLISHED: 08:51 14 May 2009 | UPDATED: 22:08 26 October 2009

Mark Laskey in full swing

Mark Laskey in full swing

WGC golfer Mark Laskey has received a number of invitations from Ryder Cup Wales to play in this year s Challenge Tour for 2009. The former Welsh international, attached to The Shire London, has been the leading Welsh player on the EuroPro Tour Order of M

WGC golfer Mark Laskey has received a number of invitations from Ryder Cup Wales to play in this year's Challenge Tour for 2009.

The former Welsh international, attached to The Shire London, has been the leading Welsh player on the EuroPro Tour Order of Merit for the past three seasons.

He has improved each year by finishing 27th, 19th and 12th respectively.

Out of the 13 events he played in 2008, Laskey had nine top 20 finishes with four inside the top 10.

He was second at the East Sussex National after losing out in a play-off, third at Faithlegg and seventh twice at Vilamoura, Portugal and Wensum Valley respectively.

Laskey very nearly got his automatic Challenge Tour ranking through the European Tour School last November when just failing by two shots to make the final qualifying stage.

Following that he got an entry into his first full European Tour event at the Sportsbet Australian Masters at Huntingdales, Melbourne, in December.

Although just missing the cut by two strokes, he gained the experience and confidence to know that he can compete at this level.

These national Challenge Tour invitations were a result of those consistent performances and he starts in France on Thursday (May 14) at the Alliance Open Cotes d'armor Bretagne.

This is then followed by six consecutive events in Italy, Belgium, Austria, Ireland and then the big money event in Sweden.

Then, at the end of July, he will play in the Wales Challenge at the Vale of Glamorgan.

The former WGC junior is hopeful that these run of events will give him the platform to earn enough money on the Order of Merit that will allow him to earn additional starts this year and retain his playing rights on the Challenge Tour for 2010.

The top 20 places from this tour gain a full PGA European Tour card.

Laskey said: "I'm very grateful to Ryder Cup Wales for giving me these opportunities and look forward to being able to take advantage by performing well.

"I have worked hard on all aspects of my game this winter so am confident that I can progress this season.


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