Hunt double makes it a day to remember

Jamie Hunt with mum Andrea and son Olly.

Jamie Hunt with mum Andrea and son Olly.

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A MOTHER and son monopolised the Hazlemere Golf Club Championships last weekend with Jamie and Andrea both ending the day with a trophy on the mantlepiece.

Mum Andrea was crowned Ladies Champion on Sunday morning, just minutes before Jamie teed off in his final round with a two shot lead over Adam Batty.

That lead stretched to four and shrunk to one, before Jamie finally made it a family double with a bunker save on the last to edge Batty by a single stroke.

He said: “It was the first time mum won and she was over the moon.

“But she finished about ten minutes before I teed off so there was a little bit of pressure on myself.

“Two shots in golf can easily be taken away and I started to run out of steam with a few holes to go, but luckily I managed to hold on.”

Andrea’s win was straightforward as she came home in 148, seven shots ahead of second-placed Alwen Mann.

But Jamie had work to do despite building up a four-shot lead over Batty with nine holes to go.

That lead had been eroded to just one shot by the 17th, and although a birdie gave him a two-shot cushion there was still plenty of drama to come as Batty, who is a full-time golfer and is hoping for a professional career, went for broke on the 291-yard par four 18th.

He made the 270-yard carry over water and then chipped up to two feet, while Jamie’s approach drifted right of the green into a bunker.

He said: “It was a tired stroke and maybe there was a bit of pressure. I leaked it right into a bunker that is notoriously bad, it doesn’t get a lot of love.”

But he came out to six feet and then snuck his par putt in the side to make it a day to remember in the Hunt household.

It wasn’t his first club championship, though.

Hunt won it five years in a row from 1998-2002 and after a tilt on the EuroPro Tour returned to the amateur game to win it again in 2010.

Batty meanwhile, was bidding for his third championship after wins in 2011 and 2012.

Hunt said: “It’s nice because I’m not a full-time golfer anymore, I’m a carpet fitter, so to compete with someone like Adam was special.”

Mike Joy was third with a two-round total of 146.

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