Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SCOTTISH AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP - Ten from nineteen Ayrshire players survive first round.

Ten of the 19 Ayrshire players who entered the Scottish Amateur Championship at Downfield, Dundee, have safely negotiated the first round.

With four from six through on the first day on Monday, the remaining thirteen Ayrshire players lined up in their opening round matches on Tuesday morning.

Things did not start well for the Ayrshire contingent, David McLellan (Largs) losing to Campbell Donaldson (Downfield) and Ross McEwan (Troon Welbeck) being defeated 3 & 2 by Allan Watson (Braehead - Alloa), in the opening two ties with Ayrshire interest.

Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) stopped the slide with a 2 & 1 win over Kieran MacKay (Inverness) and now faces Calvin Cheyne (Newmacher) in round two.

Louis Murray (Troon Welbeck), Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) and Mark Robertson (Western Gailes) all suffered first round defeats by 2 & 1, against Andrew Burgess (Nairn), Daniel Hendry (Emirates) and A Fyfe (Carnoustie) respectively.

James Bunch (Prestwick) had a comfortable 5 & 4 win over Allan McKie (Glencruitten) to line up a second round clash with John Mitchell (Fraserburgh).

Former Scottish Boys Champion David Wilson (Troon Welbeck) lost out at the first extra hole to Ralph Wardlaw (Carnoustie Caledonia) whilst Greg Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) won through to the second round by a single hole against Jake Hogg (Dukes St Andrews), where he will play Mark Cameron (Alyth).

The winner of the only all Ayrshire first round clash was Sandy Buchanan (Prestwick St Nicholas) who defeated Greg Telfer's brother Craig Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) by 4 & 2. Buchanan now faces Mark Napier (Turnhouse) in round two.

Scott Brown (Turnberry) beat Kevin Dalgleish (Portlethen) by 3 & 2 in the opening round and now has a second round match with Scott Gillies (Gullane).

The final Ayrshire player to book his place in the second round was Charlie Macneal (Prestwick) who had a 5 & 3 win over Alastair Thurlow (Murrayfield). In the second round on Wednesday, Macneal plays Alasdair McDougall (Elderslie).

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