“It’s awesome to win. I didn’t want to think about how the other guys were doing, I just stuck to my game plan and it paid off in the end,” he said.
The 24-year-old led overnight after carding 65 for the first round and went on to total eight-under-par for the week, winning by one shot over Bryn Flanagan and Divan Gerber.
“I was starting to wonder if I belonged on tour,” said Ferreira. “But this win has just reassured me that I’m doing the right things and I deserve my place on tour.”
While he plays under a Portuguese flag, the Harare local hails from Zimbabwe. Prior to joining the Sunshine Tour in 2015 he competed on the Zambezi Tour, where he picked up two victories near the end of 2014.
“I’ve won a couple of times in Zim, they were Econet Pro Challenges at Leopard Rock Golf Club and Royal Harare Golf Club, but it’s great to have a win in South Africa,” he said.
He took plenty of confidence away from his Big Easy Tour victory and aims to keep the juices flowing for the remainder of the season.
“What happened today is sinking in slowly and it has shown me that I can compete with these guys. I’m going to keep trying the pre-qualifiers on the main tour and hopefully today’s result will help me in the coming tournaments,” he said.
Flanagan and 2013 Big Easy Tour champion Gerber both shot 67s of their own to tie for second place on seven-under, while Daniel Hammond was sole fourth on six-under.