Bryce EastonÂs two victories on the Sunshine Tour last year announced the youngster as a force to be reckoned with. HeÂs taken his next big step by starting Asian Tour Qualifying School with an electric 63 at Springfield Royal Country Club.
The first stage of Asian QSchool is broken into two halves, and Easton chose to play the latter. The top 15 percent from each venue then progress to the final stage, after which the top 40 and ties receive playing rights in Asia.
Easton leapt to fame with his victory at the Sun City Challenge last year when he eagled the 18th to make a playoff and eagled it again for his maiden victory. A fortnight later he cruised to a two stroke victory at Origins of Golf Zebula, clarifying that he was not a one-hit wonder.
This week in Thailand he looked ready to once again impress as he carded seven birdies and an eagle on his way to a three-stroke lead. There is still plenty of golf to come, but Easton has set up his campaign in style.
Four strokes adrift of the lead was Andrew McLardy, who carded an impressive 67 in ideal scoring conditions. Jake Redman finished the first round a further two strokes down the leaderboard in a share of eighth at three-under-par.