Brandon Stone seized the most of the early conditions at the BMW SA Open at Glendower Golf Club proudly hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni. Stone shifted himself up the leaderboard after a superb six-under 67 on Friday.
That took him to six-under-par for the tournament, leaving him two shots off the lead when lighting halted play midway through the afternoon.
Speaking about his leap up the leaderboard, Stone said, “I played really nicely today. I left a few out there, but overall I played really well.”
With the wind picking up and conditions becoming increasingly challenging as the day progressed, Stone said the key for him was game management. “It’s getting tricky out there with the breeze and it’s getting nice and hot, so 67 is never a bad score today. The judgement with the irons was a lot better today and I got closer to the hole which makes putting that much easier.”
Having played Glendower frequently as an amateur, Stone says he is comfortable on the course and he is focused on catching up to those atop the leaderboard. He said, “I’ve played here so much. I’ve played SA Amateurs here and I’ve played junior events here too. I’m really happy and I feel comfortable on the course.”
Coming off a win at the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open in November last year, as well as securing his European Tour card, Stone is all smiles ahead for 2016. He said, “I think the end to last season was quite special for me. Getting my tour card and then the win the following week was a little bit storybook, but right now I’ve got to focus on the weekend and try catch the boys up top there.”
He’s within shouting distance of the lead now, and winning his national open is a goal for him like all South African golfers. “It’s obviously what you’re striving for and practicing for, so right now we need to see how we can improve for this weekend,” he said.