One and done: Texas' Stone turns pro
Brandon Stone, who recently completed his freshman season at Texas, has turned professional. Stone, the 2013 NCAA freshman of the year, has signed with IMG for management and marketing representation.
Stone, who finished the season at No. 2 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, will make his pro debut at the European Tour's BMW International Open on June 20-23 in Munich, Germany, on a sponsor exemption.
When Stone went to Texas, he was the No. 1-ranked amateur in South Africa. During his freshman year, he was named the 2013 Big 12 Conference Player of the Year and Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.
Stone won three times with the Longhorns. He won his first collegiate event, the Carpet Capital Collegiate, and added victories at the Bayou City Collegiate Championship and the Big 12 Championship. He leaves Texas with a 71.24 stroke average. He recorded seven top-10 finishes and placed no worse T-36 in 12 events. Stone tied for second in the stroke-play portion of the recent NCAA Championship before the Longhorns lost to Illinois in the match-play quarterfinals.
"I have had an amazing year in Texas, and I would like to thank the University of Texas golf coaches and my teammates for their support," Stone said. "I am very excited to turn professional and get started with the next phase of my golf career. Initially, I will need invitations to play, and IMG has the global influence to ensure I get the opportunities to compete in the right tournaments to give myself the best possible chance to win cards in Europe and the U.S."
Information from IMG was used in this report