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Maja Stark player profile

Maja Stark: Player Profile

 

Who is Maja Stark?

Maja Stark is one of several Swedes in the Solheim Cup, a six-time Ladies European Tour winner and LPGA Tour winner as well.

Stark was born in Abbekas in December 1999 and began playing golf at a young age. She represented Sweden through the age groups, and won both the European Girls’ Team Championship and the European Ladies’ Team Championship as an amateur. Stark then moved to the States, playing for the Oklahoma State University team, where she was named Big 12 Conference Player of the Year in 2020.

She turned professional the year after, and was victorious in just her second start. She won the PGA Championship at Trelleborgs Kommun on the LET Access Series. Stark went on to win twice on the Ladies European Tour that year, and she now has six titles on the tour in total. One of those came at the ISPS Handa World Invitational in 2022, a co-sanctioned event with the LPGA Tour. The win there, which included a course record 63, secured her membership on the LPGA Tour.

Thanks to her incredible performances over the two-year stint between the biennial competition, Stark easily qualified for the 2023 Solheim Cup, where she made her debut for Team Europe. She was one of five Swedes in the team, playing under captain and compatriot Suzann Pettersen.

Maja Stark | An Overview

Personal Information

Name: Maja Sofia Stark
Born: December 10, 1999
Nationality: Sweden
Residence: Abbekas, Sweden

Career

College: Oklahoma State University
Turned Pro: 2021
Professional Wins: 8
Highest World Ranking: 24 – February 27, 2023

Best Results In Majors

Best Finishes:
Chevron Championship – 2nd (2024)
– Women’s PGA Championship – CUT (2023)
– US Women’s Open – T9 (2023)
– Evian Championship – CUT (2022, 2023)
– AIG Women’s Open – T41 (2022)

Professional Wins – 8

2016 (1) – Wake Up Skurup Open
2021 (3) – PGA Championship by Trelleborgs Kommun, Creekhouse Ladies Open, Estrella Damm Ladies Open
2022 (3) – Women’s NSW Open, Amundi German Masters, ISPS Handa World Invitational
2023 (1) – Lalla Meryem Cup

Maja Stark | What’s In Her Bag?

The Swede is a PING player, with the G430 LST driver at the top of her bag. She also uses G430 hybrids, i210 irons and a set of Glide 4.0 irons. She also plays with a Titleist Pro V1 ball.

You can read our full article on Maja Stark’s what’s in the bag here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Maja Stark

When and where was Maja Stark born?

Maja Stark was born in Abbekas, Sweden in December 1999. She began playing golf at a young age and began playing for her country at the age of 17. 

When did Maja Stark turn professional?

Stark turned professional in 2021 after spending time at Oklahoma State University. During her time at OSU, she was named Big 12 Conference Player of the Year and rose to the top 10 on the World Amateur Golf Rankings. The Swede began playing on the LET Access Series, and has since gone on to play on both the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA Tour.

How many professional titles has Maja Stark won?

As of September 2023, Stark has won seven times as a professional, including six times on the Ladies European Tour. Her first win came on the LET Access Series, in just her second professional start. That came at the PGA Championship by Trelleborgs Kommun, and she then won twice on the LET in 2021. Her first LPGA Tour victory came at the ISPS Handa World Invitational, a co-sanctioned event between the LET and LPGA.

Did you Know?

Swedish National Team Success

As a member of the Swedish national team, Stark had plenty of success. She won the European Girls’ Team Championship in 2017, before winning three successive European Ladies’ Team Championships from 2018 to 2020. She played alongside fellow Solheim Cupper Linn Grant in that team.

Junior Solheim to Solheim

Stark featured for Team Europe in the Junior Solheim Cup in 2017, and after an incredible two years through 2022 and 2023, the Swede qualified for the Solheim Cup, where she made her debut in Andalucia.

Other Maja Stark Articles

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Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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