Counts Ernie Els as a close family friend and benefitted from some advice from the four-time Major winner during the season-ending NBO Golf Classic Grand Final. Stone’s finish in Oman provided one of the stories of the tournament, a 68 moving him into sixth place before he endured a nervous wait for it to be confirmed with the last putt that he had finished 14th in the Road to Oman Rankings. Comes from a strong golfing background – his father, Kevin, is an experienced Sunshine Tour player and the national coach for the South African amateur junior team, while his grandfather, Sam, also played for his country. Was earmarked as a future star early on during a stellar amateur career – particularly in the American collegiate ranks where he was named the 2013 NCAA Freshman of the Year while representing the University of Texas. Known on the circuit for his superior ball-striking, and Roope Kakko, having played with Stone on the way to winning the 2015 Madeira Islands Open, stated that he had “Major-winning potential”.