Monday, April 04, 2005

SCOTTISH BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP - Ayrshire contingent fare well on day 1

The Ayrshire representation in the Scottish Boys Championship at Murcar faired well on the first day of play. Of the 20 Ayrshire boys taking part, 11 were in action in the first round on Monday, and at the close of play, 8 of the 11 had secured a place in the second round.

Stuart Robin (St. Nicholas) led the way, in the first match of this years championship, with a 5 & 4 victory over Craig Stevenson (Portlethen).

The most notable loss from the Ayrshire ranks was that of Scottish Boys Internationalist Steven McEwan (Kilmarnock Barassie) who crashed to a 3 & 1 defeat by Ryan Elder (Nairn Dunbar).

Also departing in the first round was former Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Champion, Nicky Sinclair (Kilmarnock Barassie), who was edged out by local lad Kyle Shearer (Murcar), by 2 holes, and Malcolm Pennycott (Whiting Bay) who lost by 2 & 1 to Scott Pithie (Carluke).

Thre of the Ayrshire boys gained second round places by virtue of wins at the first extra hole, Kyle Smith (Barassie), Andrew Abercrombie (Largs) and Robert McKnight (Barassie) winning at the 19th against Benjamin Stuart (Murcar), Russell Murray (Moffat) and Michael Watson (Elgin) respectively.

Euan Brown (Barassie) had an easier passage to round 2, with a 6 & 4 win over David Murray (Newbattle) a result which was almost matched by Michael Stewart (Welbeck), a 5 & 4 winner over Andy Weir (Montrose Merchantile).

Stuart Henderson (Barassie) secured a second roundd place with a 3 & 2 win over Peter Latimer (St. Andrews New) whilst Craig McLaughlin (Largs) edged through to the next round with a 2 & 1 win over Daniel Wood (Duns).

The championship continues throughout the week, with the final on Saturday.

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