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EKURHULENI, 9 January 2016 – Sam Stone (70) and Kevin Stone (49) were sitting on the grass next to the green at Glendower Golf Club’s superb par five second hole on Saturday and watching a much younger Stone – 22-year-old Brandon Stone – knock in a birdie putt on his way to a share of the lead in the weather-shortened third round of the BMW South African Open, proudly hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni.
Kevin is Brandon’s dad and Sam his grandfather, and they’re all exceptionally gifted golfers.
In his heyday, Sam played for the South African Senior Amateur side. As a kid, Kevin represented the SA Juniors and Brandon earned national colours both at junior and open level before joining the paid ranks.
Three generations of ‘Them Stones’ playing for South Africa – that’s pretty special.
“They call my dad Stone, I’m known as Stoney and Brandon’s been called Pebbles ever since he was a laaitie,” says Kevin.
The Sunshine Tour veteran turns 50 in August and will try and earn himself a coveted card for the lucrative Champions Tour in America at the Qualifying School in November.
Remarkably, Kevin has won the SA Club Pro Championships nine times over the years, and has been working hard both on his game and in the gym in his bid to join legends like Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples and Colin Montgomerie on the over-50s tour.
Brandon, who not only has a coveted European Tour card for 2015, courtesy of stellar campaign on the Challenge Tour last year, but registered his maiden victory in the pro ranks with some impressive golf at Lion of Africa Cape Town Open in November.
Sam, who represented North West Province for over 20 years, believes his grandson is charting a course to a great career.
“Two years ago I was a bit worried about Brandon,” Sam says. “He was making too many basic mistakes for my likin, but now he isn’t making those mistakes and with his natural talent and hard work the difference is amazing.
“It’s like chalk and cheese and I’m sure he’s got a really good career ahead of him. And I know I’m his granddad, but I still say he’s more than just a decent golfer!”
Four years ago, Brandon won the Freddie Tait Cup as the leading amateur in the SA Open at Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate. On Sunday, he will resume the third round at the 12th hole on 10 under par and in a tie for the lead with England’s Daniel Brooks.
The young Pebbles is certainly keeping ‘Them Stones’ on a roll.