Stuart Easton (Irvine) bowed out of the 2018 Amateur Championship at Royal Aberdeen in the last 32 on Thursday morning, 21st June after a close match with England’s Mitch Waite from Filton Golf Club.
Easton, the only Ayrshire player to make the matchplay stages, was two down after four holes but brought the match back to all square by the seventh.
He took the lead for the first time with a par three at the eighth and maintained his slim advantage to the turn.
Easton extended his lead to two holes with a winning par four at the tenth and a birdie two at the eleventh extended his lead to three holes with seven holes to play.
Like Easton had done in the outward half, Waite capitalised on some poor scoring from Easton over the next few holes, turning a three hole deficit into a one hole lead by winning four successive holes from the twelfth.
Despite Easton’s efforts, he could do no more than match Waite’s scoring over the closing thre holes and exited the competition on the final green.