THE UPS AND DOWNS OF SHAUN NOR­RIS

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Sunshine Tour -

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.

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