THE UPS AND DOWNS OF SHAUN NORRIS
haun Norris has had a fluctuating career on the Sunshine Tour, and the 32-yearold from Silver Lakes emerged from a lengthy slump to find vastly improved form in the last three months of the 2014 season.
In the last three years his positions on the Order of Merit have been 17-87-22, indicative of his up-and-down swings.
In 2013 he missed 16 cuts in 21 tournaments, and he missed another 7 cuts during the first 9 months of the 2014 season. He had earned just R150 000 over the course of nearly two years.
A third-place finish in the Vodacom Origins event at Vaal de Grace at the beginning of October saw a turnaround of fortunes. In the Cape Town Open he followed an opening 76 with a 10-birdie 64 at Royal Cape for a top-20 finish. Two weeks later at the Alfred Dunhill he hung on at the weekend for a T-8 which was worth R493 500, far and away his biggest payday on tour. His final round at Leopard Creek typified his brand of play. He made 7 birdies, 5 bogeys and two double-bogeys for a 72.
In January this year Norris went to the Asian Tour Q School in Thailand, and was one of four South Africans who gained cards for the 2015 season, alongside Keith Horne, Jaco Ahlers and Wallie Coetsee.