Talents Open door to major

Hayling GC's Jamie Mist in action for Hampshire U18s v Arlesford GC in March 2011
Hayling GC's Jamie Mist in action for Hampshire U18s v Arlesford GC in March 2011
Corhampton's Scott Gregory. Picture: Andrew Griffin

Gregory glory bid ended after late pain on the 18th

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Local talents are on the march to the Open Championship.

Billy McKenzie, Jamie Mist, James Foster and Toby Burden have all made it through the regional qualifying stage for the prestigious major.

McKenzie shot a brilliant 67 to finish tied first at Ferndown – one of 14 courses hosting qualifiers.

The Rowlands Castle amateur now moves on to the final stage when 288 players will fight for 12 spots at the Open.

Joining him in that shootout will be Mist, Foster and Burden, who all qualified from the Hankley Common event.

Liphook’s James Foster and Hayling amateur Mist carded scores of 71 and 72 respectively. Meanwhile, Burden booked his spot with a round of 70.

Foster, 20, only turned professional this season and is currently lying sixth on the TP Tour order of merit.

Portsmouth Grammar School sixth-former Mist, who holed a birdie in the play-off at Hankley Common, was recently crowned Hayling champion.

Mist and Burden will make the long trip to St Annes Old Links in Lancashire for the final qualifying stage on Tuesday.

McKenzie has been drawn to play at West Lancashire, while Foster will line up at Southport & Ainsdale.