Meet our Trainers

Mark Victorsenpga-professional

D.O.B. 02/10/1958
Position: PGA Professional
Started Golf: Age 4
Additional Accreditation: “Master” Club Fitter
Achievements

  •  2009 Queensland PGA Teacher of the Year
  • Presenter at 4 bi-annual PGA  Australasian  Coaching Summits
  • Presenter to the PGA Austarlia Trainee intensive School each year
  • Coach to current Queensland and Australian representative players
  • Pacific Golf Club Pennant Coach – Brisbane Golf Association Div.1 Champions 2004,2007,2008,2009,2010, 2011(div.1 Junior champions)
  • Director of Coaching Pacific Junior Golf Academy
  • Coach and mentor to a number of young players in the USA college system
  • A member of the PGA Australia trainee mentor program

Mark (Vico) Victorsen lives in Brisbane, Australia, which is the capital of the golf mad state of Queensland and nursing ground for some great golfers, including Major Winners – Greg Norman, Wayne Grady and Ian Baker-Finch.

He began his golfing days in Townsville in the northern part of the state of Queensland. His Father Arnold was a P.G.A member for over 60 years and his elder brother John has been a P.G.A Member since 1972.

During His junior golf career Mark was a captain of the North Queensland junior representative team and was at 16yrs of age selected in the Queensland Junior Squad {u/21}. Other players in that squad included British Open Champion Ian Baker-Finch , U.S P.G.A champion Wayne Grady and Prolific European & Australasian tour winner Peter Senior

Deciding to turn Professional at 17 years and following in his Fathers and Brothers footsteps Mark was granted by the P.G.A one of only three invitations as a trainee to compete in Professional Tournaments Australia Wide.

After completing his training Mark went on to play at National P.G.A level and State level P.G.A and won 6 times on the Queensland Sunshine tour (The tour Greg Norman Started his career on).

The highlights of His Major tournaments were top 20 finishes in the Australian Masters at Huntingdale, Queensland Open, PGA championship. Victorsen was the winner of the Sir James Killen Trophy for the best final 36 holes in the P.G.A Championship in a field that included the likes of Major winners Greg Norman, Wayne Grady & Ian Baker-Finch.

Having Played with Players like Norman(3 times), U.S Open and US PGA Champion – Payne Stewart, in addition to the wealth of great players coming out of the state of Queensland, provided Victorsen with a fantastic platform to develop into one of Australia’s Premier coaches. Victorsen has twice won the State P.G.A teams Championships with his Bother John and has also won the State Father & Son Championship with his eldest son Mitchell.

A member of “Golf Magazine” Advisory Coaching Panel, Victorsen has been ranked in Australia’s Top Fifty Coaches since the year 2000.

In addition to his many regular students who’ve been able to greatly improve all facets of their game and become more consistent golfers, in part due to Victorsen’s coaching, a number of his students have gone on to represent at the State and National Level in Australia and Jeremy Langdele was successful in winning the North American Junior College Championships, in Phoenix, Arizona (Jeremy Langdele).

Having His philosophy that “Golf is a simple game, it’s just hard to play”, Victorsen has developed his training methods that are not only successful but easier to understand than many super complicated Training & Teaching systems.

Victorsen who has spent his life around golf, gains as much satisfaction from helping one of his student reduce their handicap from 27 down to 15, as he gets from one of his Elite students winning a State or National title.

With the continued golf equipment development, Victorsen saw a need to research the effect of the club on the swing motion and ball striking of golfers.

In 2003 he was recognized for his development of systems to help in clubfitting and was awarded the title of Master Clubfitter – Victorsen is one of only 8 Worldwide.

Because of his up to date equipment knowledge and his “No Bull” approach , he is keenly sought after by golfers who want equipment advice in selecting the right woods, irons and putters to help them play more consistent golf – allowing them to hit the ball longer, straighter, more accurately and to hole more putts… basically to help them Make Golf Fun Again.

Philosophy on the Game:

“Golf is a simple game, it’s just hard to play!” – Mark Victorsen

Paul Hazlettpga-professional

D.O.B. 03/02/1961
Position: PGA Professional
Started Golf: 1970

Playing Highlights:

  • Paul represented Queensland Golf as a schoolboy in both 1976 and 1977.
  • As a trainee Professional Paul was given a national invite to compete on the Australian PGA Tour.
  • He was twice R/up in the Queensland Trainee Championships.
  • Paul successfully completed his PGA Traineeship in 1981 at Wynnum Golf Club.
  • Once a fully qualified professional Paul played the Queensland and Australian PGA Tours competing in events such as the Australian Masters.

Paul has been head professional at the following golf clubs:

  • Half Moon Bay N.Q 1982-1984
  • Gympie 1984 – 1985
  • McLeod 1985 – 2000
  • Pacific 2000 –

Paul has had vast experience as a Board Member:

  • Golf Box.
  • Queensland PGA.
  • OnCourse Golf Shops.
Philosophy on the Game:

You are only allowed to swing as well as your equipment permits.
Paul says “Unfortunately most golfers have ill fitted clubs and my focus as a club fitter is to help my clients get the best fitted equipment and as a result maximize their enjoyment of this great game.”

pga-professionalJohn Hempstock

Name: John Hempstock     D.O.B. 25/09/1984

Position: PGA Assistant Professional

Started Golf: Nine Years Old

I started playing golf at nine years old, and had a successful junior career in Scotland where I managed to win the Scottish Under 18 title and I represented Scotland in the UK and European Under 18 Championships.  From there I gained a golf Scholarship to the University of Minnesota where I played Golf and gained a Business degree in 4 years.  I continued to play high level amateur golf for a couple of years and have kept a handicap of plus 1 for eight years.  I completed my PGA Qualification in December 2012 and am enjoying my time as an Assistant Pro at Pacific