Bryce Easton returned to the Sunshine Big Easy Tour in style, carding an opening round of two-under-par 69 at Zwartkop Golf Club, for the first co-sanctioned event between the MENA Tour and Sunshine Big Easy Tour.
Easton, who won the first-ever Big Easy event at Crown Mines Golf Club in 2011, lost his playing rights on the Asian Tour last year.
“I’m trying to get my game back to where it should be. I lost my card in Asia last year and I’ve been trying to work my way back into that. Like I say this week is about more opportunities for me to keep working on my game and to get back to competing on the main tour and in Asia,” explained Easton.
Among the early morning starters at Zwartkop Golf Club, Easton had to deal with testing conditions, as six-degree temperatures greeted the players.
“This morning was fresh – it was definitely a little bit chilly. I’m not used to starting and warming up in the cold like that. I think the course is playing pretty well. I think you can score on the par-fives – something which I didn’t really take advantage of today – but two-under is a decent start and I think there will be some lower ones out there,” he said.
The co-sanctioned event sees players compete for R500, 000 in prize money, as well as valuable World Ranking points.
“Just the fact that it is now co-sanctioned with the MENA Tour – these three events have got some good money up for grabs and some world ranking points too. You know the fact that that has happened is proof that the tour has grown and it is competitive it is continuing to create opportunities for us, which is great,” explained Easton.
With a share of third and sixth positions at the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open and Zambia Sugar Open respectively, Easton’s game looks on the rise, and the former Big Easy winner says he is looking for more of the same this week.
“The game is coming along and I feel good. Last week was a tough one in Chingola, but I think it was tough for a lot of guys. Other than that I feel like I’m playing decent golf, so my game is good and I’m still working on that belief and getting the confidence back to go out there and win tournaments again,” he said.