Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie) could not repeat his march to the quarter finals last year, losing out in round 2 by 4&3 to Myles Cunningham (Craigielaw)
The second of the all Ayrshire ties in round 2 saw Marc Smith (Troon Welbeck) defeat Scott Brown (Turnberry) at the first extra hole. In the following tie, Nicky Gold (Bonnyton) beat Cameron Gray (West Kilbride) by one hole and proved to be something of a thorn in the side of the Ayrshire challenge when he defeated Marc Smith at the 20th in their afternoon third round tie.
Jamie Mackay (Kilmarnock Barassie) had a 2&1 morning win over Munro Ferries (Tain) in round 2 and a comfortable 5&3 win over Richard Johnston (Glenbervie) in the third round to secure a fourth round match on Thursday morning against Thomas Sharkey (Helensburgh)
The last remaining Ayrshire player in the field was third seed Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck) who edged into round 3 with a 20th hole win over Kyle McClung (Wigtownshire County). Stewart found himself in trouble in the tie, going three down after ten, but birdies on the 12th and 17th and an eagle at the 15th helped him to level the match where he ousted McClung with a 20-foot putt for par on the 20th to progress.
Stewart had a more comfortable win by 5&3 in the afternoon against Adam Dunton (McDonald), with figures of seven under par for the fifteen holes played, to set up a fourth round match against Kyle Godsman (Hopeman).
Fourth and fifth round matches will take place on Thursday with the quarter finals and semi finals on Friday and the final on Saturday.