The Sunshine Tour focuses on producing the next great golfers – it begins here. But where to after winning? Many of the new faces in the trophy photos want to go a little further and they look towards the Asian Tour.
Few make it in the East, but at the moment Bryce Easton is the new name popping up regularly on Asian Tour leaderboards, sporting his bright Taylormade kit.
This weekend in Indonesia Easton birdied the 18th for a Sunday 69 and a share of 29th, a result which marked his third cheque in a row. The Cotswold Downs member now ranks 24th on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
The Sunday 69 was good enough for him to catch up to his friend and rival Adilson da Silva, a 12-time Sunshine Tour winner. Da Silva made a strong run over the first two days and kept sight of Taipei’s Lin Wen-Tang, who led at the halfway mark.
But the Brazilian who now resides in Ballito had a tricky Saturday and shot 74, which restricted his chance to attack and led to a Sunday 71. When he next contends Da Silva will want to consolidate better, but tied for 29th is still a solid result for the veteran.
Easton burst onto the scene with a playoff victory at the 2012 Sun City Challenge and went on to win again at Vodacom Origins of Golf Zebula. After closing the season on a high he looked to the Asian Tour, but the first effort at Qualifying School did not go as planned and Easton only got a few starts for the coming season.
One such tournament was to the 2013 Chiangmai Classic, where Easton played his socks off to finish sole second and effectively secure playing privileges for the 2014 season.
It’s impossible to say when Easton will break through and win on the Asian Tour, but his tie for 29th in Indonesia is a good sign that he’s there to stay.