Stewart Russell (Kilmarnock Barassie) and Irvine GC duo Jack Thomas and Greg Cathie (Irvine) were the early Ayrshire winners as the 2012 Scottish Boys Championship got under way at Murcar Links in Aberdeen on Monday 9th April.
Out in the second game of the championship, teeing off at 6.53 am, Russell went all the way to the final hole before overcoming his opponent, Ross Robertson (Old Ranfurly) by two holes.
In the second round on Tuesday, Russell will face Peter Sangster (Thurso).
Jack Thomas (Irvine) also booked his place in round 2 with a two hole victory, over Murray Naysmith (Dalmahoy) but the prospect of an all Ayrshire second round tie was dashed when Ayrshire Boys Champion Callum Beveridge (Troon Welbeck) crashed out by 4 & 3 to Kevin Prentice (Lanark). Prentice now takes on Jack Thomas on Tuesday in the second round.
Greg Cathie (Irvine) became the third Ayrshire player to reach the second round when he overcame the challenge of Rory Stewart (Crieff) at the 19th hole.
In the second round, on Tuesday, Cathie faces Callum Aitken (Kilmacolm) who ended the prospect of an all Ayrshire second round match when he beat Euan Henderson (Kilmarnock Barassie) by 1 hole in their opening round match.
The remaining early morning ties involving Ayrshire players provided no good news with Stuart Walsh (Irvine) losing by 4 & 3 to Robbie Whelan (East Kilbride), Stuart Easton (Irvine) losing by 3 & 2 to Lewis Reid (Dougalston) and Louis Murray (Troon Welbeck) losing out by 2 & 1 to Scott Jeen (Milngavie).