With the 16 best placed players available from the field in the Ayrshire Strokeplay Championship, the cut for the 2018 Matchplay Championship fell at 154, with one of two plaes on that score getting a starting place in the line up.
The new Ayrshire Strokeplay Champion Jim Johnston (Ayr Belleisle) faces Neil Black of the host club in the opening round, whilst the second qualifier Scott Brown (Prestwick St Cuthbert) plays Aiden Long (Ayr Belleisle).
Former winners Tommy McInally (Loudoun) and Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) play william Fleming (Ballochmyle) and Graeme Gimson (Prestwick St Cuthbert) respectively in round one.
Ties will be played on successive evenings, from 5.00 p.m., with the opening round on Monday 7th and the final on Thursday 10th May.
The reserves are John Rushbury (Royal Troon) and Steven Stamper (Turnberry).
If any competitor is not available for the matchplay championship they should contact the Area Secretary Alasdair Malcolm at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 07912 026341, as soon as possible, to allow a replacement to be arranged.
The full draw for the opening round on Monday 7th May is:-
|Jim Johnston (Ayr Belleisle)|
|Neil Black (Rowallan Castle)|
|Stuart Brown (Loudoun)|
|George Robertson (Irvine)|
|John Haggarty (Loudoun)|
|Sandy Walker (Kil Barassie)|
|Shaun Hedger (West Kilbride)|
|Greg Watson (Loudoun)|
|Scott Brown (Pr St Cuthbert)|
|Aidan Long (Ayr Belleisle)|
|Robbie Muir (Kil Barassie)|
|John Sloan (Doon Valley)|
|Tommy McInally (Loudoun)|
|William Fleming (Ballochmyle)|
|Graeme Gimson (Pr St Cuthbert)|
|Michael Smyth (Royal Troon)|