Defending champions Kilmarnock (Barassie) secured the last semi final place in the 2011 Ayrshire Junior Golf League championship in a nailbiting finish to their league section this week.
Having beaten their closest rivals Prestwick St Cuthbert by the narrow margin of 3.5 - 2.5 at Barassie earlier in the week, the title holders went to West Kilbride on Thursday evening knowing that they required at least a 3 - 3 draw to go through to the semi finals. Despite their hosts being at the foot of the section, the champions were held to a 3 - 3 draw which was just enough to see them through.
Kilmarnock (Barassie) now join Annanhill, Irvine (Bogside) and Ayr Belleisle in the semi final draw next week.
In the UNDER 16 KNOCKOUT TROPHY, three of the four semi finalists are also known.
Prestwick St Nicholas received a walkover from Caprington whilst Ardeer beat their visitors Irvine ravenspark by 3 - 1 and Ayr Belleisle went through in their home match against Ballochmyle at the second play off hole, after the match was drawn 2 - 2.
Prestwick St Nicholas, Ardeer and Ayr Belleisle now await the winner of the tie between Troon Welbeck and Kilmarnock (Barassie) when the draw is made for the semi finals next week.
Two of the semi final places have been decided in the CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS TROPHY competition.
Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) was already in the semi finals as a result of receiving a bye and he has been joined there by Alan Wilson (Ballochmyle) who beat Daniel Forbes (Ardeer) by 2 & 1 at Ballochmyle in their quarter final clash.
The other outstanding quarter final matches are :-
Daniel Webster (Prestwick St Cuthbert) Vs. David Wilson (Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Champion)
Ross Hunter (West Kilbride) Vs. Callum Beveridge (Troon Welbeck)
In the WALLACE THORNTON TROPHY competition, 2010 runners up Kilmarnock (Barassie) are off to the perfect start in Section 1, beating Prestwick St Nicholas 4 - 0 at home and Largs 4 - 0 away in their opening two fixtures.
Irvine also opened with a 4 - 0 home win over Prestwick St Nicholas whilst the St Nicholas team recorded their first points of the campaign with a 3 - 1 home win against Largs.
no matches have taken place so far in Section 2.
The winners of each section will progress to the final which will be played in September.