By COLIN FARQUHARSON - courtesy of the www.scottishgolfview.com website)
McDonald birdied the fifth, eighth and 17th and dropping shots at the first and 18th.
McKechnie, a winner on the EuroPro Tour in the past, birdied the first, third, fifth and 16th in halves of 34 and 37.
The two Scots are tied for 11th place, three behind the English leader Billy Downing (Truro) who had a 68
Fraserburgh's Kris Nicol (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) and Paul Cormack (Bay Hill) got off to the best start of all the North-east players involved
Nicol shot a par 72, birdieing the ninth, 15th and 17th to be tied 21st in the field of 240
Aberdeen-born Cormack has played the American mini-tours for the last few years. He also had a 72, coming home in 33.
Cousins Craig and Sean Lawrie are walking a tightrope. Only the leading 80 and ties at the end of the second round will go forward to the final 18 holes.
Craig Lawrie is tied 88th with a 75 while Sean is tied 118th with a 76.
Louis Gaughan (Bathgate) is alongside Cormack and Nicol on the 72 mark
LEADING FIRST ROUND SCORES
68 B Downing (Truro)
69 N Kearney (Royal Dublin), J Maw (Rockliffe Hall), R Law (Low Laithes)
70 A Wright (unatt), P Newman (E Berkshir), B Spooner (Woodhall Spa), N McCarthy (Moortown), J Coyle (Burstwick), R James (Aberystwyth).
SCOTS SCORES71 J McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie), P McKechnie (Braid Hills) (T11)
72 P Cormack (Bay Hill), L Gaughan (Bathgate), K Nicol (Paul Lawrie GC) (T21)
74 J Henry (Clydebank and Dist), N Henderson (Renaissance Club), B Neil (unatt), P Robinson (Largs), W Booth (Comrie), K McAlpine (unatt) (T52)
75 R Campbell (Falkirk) (am), C Lawrie (Paul Lawrie GC) (T88)
76 J Steven (Clydeway Golf), J Hendrick (Pollok), S Lawrie (Paul Lawrie GC) (T118)
77 C Sutherland (Lynx Golf), M Patterson (Kilmacolm), C Baird (Bothwell Castle) (am) (T142)
78 J McGhee (Whitehill House), F Moore (Glenbervie), Z Saltman (Archerfield Links) (T166()
79 J Duff (Newmachar) (T196)
80 C O'Neil (Mearns Castle) (T211)
82 S Borrowman (Dollar), F McKenna (Balmore) (T224)