Brandon rock solid in Spain

Dimension Data Pro-Am: Day 2Brandon Stone shot 33 on the back nine of El Encin Golf Hotel on Thursday to share eighth at the halfway mark of the Challenge de Madrid and a big two days lie ahead for the youngster.

Stone turned professional at the BMW International Open, where he famously finished 10th in his maiden tournament. Since then he’s campaigned on the Challenge Tour and one fortnight ago he finished second at the Barclays Kenya Open.

This week in Madrid he’ll be eager to contest for a Challenge Tour title once again, but it will take grit for him to catch up to leaders Ruaidrhi McGee and Juan Sarasti, who share the top spot on 12-under-par.

Stone is four shots behind them and tied for eighth place. The third round, otherwise known as moving day, lies ahead for the 22-year-old. He’ll certainly be confident after reaching the 36-hole mark with rounds of 69, 67 at El Encin.

The Challenge Tour has produced international greats like Martin Kaymer and Henrik Stenson, as well as South African champs Branden Grace and Jake Roos.

Last year Stone made 14 cuts in his 25 starts on the European and Challenge Tours last year. He’s got the experience and is fresh off a playoff loss to his friend Haydn Porteous, which means this week in Spain is prime time for him to rise to the occasion.

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