His victory at Glendower Golf Club has assured Stone of a spot in the 16-man field which tees it up at Millvale Private Retreat on March 9 in his quest for as large a portion of the R10-million Bonus Pool as possible.
And while Stone has his big SA Open victory to thank, he also put together a pretty impressive campaign in the Chase to the Investec Cup which included his maiden professional victory at last year’s Lion of Africa Cape Town Open.
With his two wins, he also had three other top-10 finishes – in the Sun Sibaya Challenge last year, in the Tshwane Open and the Dimension Data Pro-Am. Add those to solid finishes of 12th in the Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Vaal de Grace, 18th in the Alfred Dunhill Championship and 28th in the Joburg Open, then it’s clear he made every tournament count when he was raking in Investec Cup points.
The 2015/2016 ‘Chase to the Investec Cup’ season consisted of players earning points at Sunshine Tour tournaments, starting with the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open last April and ending with the Eye of Africa PGA Championship last week.
The 16 players who play in the event at Millvale next week will be duelling for a share of the R10-million Bonus Pool, with R4-million going to the person with the most points at the end of the event, and the balance of the cash going to the rest of the players in the order that they finish when the points are tallied up.
Stone has 1,964.93 points, and there are 1,200 points for the winner at Millvale.