Mists clear up in Hayling double

Rosie and Jamie Mist at Hayling Golf Club, August 5, 2012
Rosie and Jamie Mist at Hayling Golf Club, August 5, 2012
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The Mists rolled in the putts at Hayling Golf Club as brother and sister Jamie and Rosie made it a family double to land this year’s club championship titles.

Scratch handicapper Jamie was involved in a remarkable struggle with former European Tour player Matt Blackey in blustery conditions that wrecked just about every other scorecard in the competition to land the men’s title.

And sister Rosie, whose rapid improvement has seen her handicap plunge from 10 to six over the course of the summer, then followed it in the women’s competition with a sudden-death victory over Raffi Dyer to emulate her brother’s achievements.

The teenage duo, who have both caught the eye of representative selectors, will be bidding to successfully defend their titles next year and both have more success on the horizon.

Jamie explained: ‘It became a one-on-one between me and Matt. The last day was like matchplay because everyone else fell away.

‘There was only two of us who broke 80 in the first round and it was probably the worst wind I have ever played in. It was ridiculous.

‘It was still windy the next day but it had calmed down a bit and we were about level going to the last five holes.

‘He bogeyed 17 and I parred it and we both parred 18, so I won by one.

‘But it was a great feeling to win and there were a few people out watching, so there was a bit of pressure.’

Sister Rosie’s showdown was even closer as extra holes were needed to find a winner after the pair finished on the same mark.

Rosie said: ‘There was quite a bit of pressure because it was against Raffi and she’s a great player. I was trying to retain the title I won last year and because Jamie had won.

‘I shot five-over-par in the first round so I knew I was in with a chance. But the pressure got to me a bit in the second round.

‘In the play-off, I was off second and hit the green. Raffi was short and left and she chipped on but left a long putt.

‘I knew I had two putts to win. I should have finished with a birdie, really, but I got my par to win.’

Jamie added: ‘I was really pleased for Rosie. I watched her in the play-off and I was pleased she pulled through.

‘There was a bit of banter and I told her that it was easy to win the Club Championship so she had to do it. Then she went and took the limelight!

‘We play a few holes together sometimes and I try to give her a few tips. Most of the time she listens as well!

‘It’s more friendly rather than competitive between us.’

Rosie added: ‘When we play, he gives me quite a few shots – but he has to.

‘Golf has been more about enjoyment for me but now I might take a gap year and play in a few more competitions.’