Brandon and Kevin’s car wash bets

16_TO_StoneB_betsNEWBrandon Stone may be the BMW South African Open champion and, at 22, one of the finest young golfers on The European Tour.

But there’s still no guarantee he’ll beat his 49-year-old father Kevin when the two players go head-to-head, and have one of their unusual bets as to who is going to shoot the lower round.

“Invariably it’s either a car wash or dinner,” says Kevin. “If I beat him he has to take my car to the car wash and wait around for however long it takes to get it cleaned, and vice-versa. Right now I’m three car washes up on him.

“But Brandon’s well ahead when it comes to dinners. The loser has to buy which burns me up as he’s got expensive tastes when it comes to food!”

Kevin – a multiple South African club pro champion and Sunshine Tour tournament winner over the years – is working hard on his game and his fitness as he turns 50 in August, after which he is planning to have a crack at trying to qualify for the lucrative and extremely competitive  Champions Tour in America.

He can still shoots the lights out, posting 65s and 66s in social games at Centurion recently. Then, on Tuesday this week, he was one of only 15 players in a field of 120 hopefuls to earn spots in this week’s R18,5-million Tshwane Open beginning at Pretoria Country Club on Thursday. That was the result of an impressive four-under-par 68 in the qualifier held at Woodhill Country Club.

So now both father and son are in the line-up.

“I was actually saying to him last night that Pretoria Country Club is the perfect golf course for him play on, because there are no drivers,” says Brandon. “I mean we played yesterday and you could play this entire golf course without a driver.

“So length is not a problem although he doesn’t hit it short either, I mean everyone says he cracking 50 and we need to get him a zimmer frame to help him down the fairway soon, but that’s not the case. He’s hitting it longer than he ever has, he’s swinging it better than he ever has and he’s putting the best that I’ve ever seen.

“Going into the pre-q at Woodhill he was so full of confidence because his game felt like it was the best it’s ever been. Obviously we had a few games over the Christmas break and he took me to the cleaners a few times, the car cleaners.

“But I think the way that he’s playing now I wouldn’t be surprised if he has a good performance. If he can get some confidence going, get a few putts rolling in early it’ll be nice to see him shooting some good scores this week.

“I’d love him to play well, but maybe not good enough to make me wash his car again!”


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