“Fatigue is up there. The battery levels are obviously not at 100% right now,” he said. “But when I get onto the first tee box tomorrow I’ll have a little bit of an adrenaline rush and hopefully I can make a few birdies early on to keep me awake.”
The Dimension Data Pro-Am is played on Montagu, Outeniqua and The Links, with professionals playing one round on each course ahead of the cut after 54 holes to the top 65 players and ties. Each pro also plays with an amateur in betterball medal format, and there is a cut for that competition after 54 holes to the top 25 teams. Prize money for the professionals is R4.75-million, and R300,000 for the pro-am competition.
Stone will be teeing it up on the Outeniqua course on Thursday, followed by The Links on Friday and will move onto Montagu on Saturday. The final round of the tournament will be played on the Montagu layout.
Stone has already made some wonderful memories on The Links layout and he is looking to make more good memories this week. He said, “The Links golf course is so special. I caddied for my father at the South African Open in 2005 so it’s obviously got some good memories for me.”
He said he was looking forward to playing the three layouts among some of South Africa’s most prominent business people and celebrities. “It’s a fantastic week because it’s three great golf courses, you play alongside some fantastic amateurs and it’s a whole lot of fun. The guys that are here are obviously top businessmen and top sportsmen and it’s always a fun week.”
Along with the hope of making early birdies to keep himself going, Stone has been working extremely hard off the course to ensure he remains in contention on the course.
He said, “We still have training every day. We still try get the body moving as much as we can, get as much sleep as possible and diet is really important.”