The emergence of Brandon Stone and Haydn Porteous as the latest young South Africans to win on The European Tour has underlined the ability of Sunshine Tour players to climb onto the big stage of international golf and perform.
Over the next 10 days, we’ll take a look at 10 players (including the two latest stars) under the age of 30 who fans should keep an eye on during the 2016 Sunshine Tour season.
Rhys West (27)
He won the SA Boys U16 and U19 Championships. He won the Ernie Els Junior Tour Order of Merit and was named the SA Junior Golfer of the Year in 2006.
He attended Southeastern Louisiana in the US and was the Southland Conference Champion in 2013. He was also selected for the All-Conference Team in the same year and was named an Academic All American Athlete.
After turning pro in 2013, West returned to South African and won on the Big Easy Tour at Wingate Park Country Club in 2014. Following that, West accumulated four top 10s in 2015 on the Sunshine Tour. These were made up of a T10 finish at the Tshwane Open, a T3 at the Zambian Open, T7 at the Investec Royal Swazi Open, and T6 at the Vodacom Origins series at Langebaan. He won over R1-million on the 2015 Order of Merit to finish 15th.
West started his 2016 season with a T13 finish at the Joburg Open.