With their first match of the season, at home to Glasgow, postponed last month due to COVID travel restrictions, the Ayrshire side had a difficult opening fixture in their bid to take the boys title for the third consecutive time.
In the four Under 16 ties, Ayrshire lost out by 3 - 1 though two of the ties were only lost on the final green and the other at the seventeenth.
With a robust effort needed from the four senior under 18 players, Fraser Russell was edged out on the penultimate green before both Jack Allan and John McCracken had comfortable 4 & 3 victories to bring the score back to 4 - 3 for Renfrewshire with one tie remaining on course.
In the anchor tie, Kerr Brooks (Loudoun) was all square playing the seventeenth and agonisingly saw his 4 foot, right to left, putt to win the hole lip out before holing from 30 feet on the final green for a winning birdie three, a single hole win in his tie and the crucial fourth point on the board for Ayrshire to secure a drawn match overall.
Next month, Ayrshire travel to Grangemouth on Sunday the 25th, too play Stirlingshire in their next fixture.
Match details (Ayrshire names first):-
Noah O’Brien (Royal Troon) lost to Sean Smith (Mearns Castle) by 1 hole
Harris Fleming (Royal Troon) lost to Ethan Lamb (Paisley) by 2 & 1
Rory Inglis (Royal Troon) beat Ross Anderson (Williamwood) by 2 holes
Ryan Kennedy (Irvine) lost to Tom Hepburn (Williamwood) by 2 holes
Fraser Russell (Royal Troon) lost to Stuart Dickson (Fereneze) by 2 & 1
Jack Allan (Ballochmyle) beat Euan Urquhart (Paisley) by 4 & 3
John McCracken (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Drew Cleaver (Fereneze) by 4 & 3
Kerr Brooks (Loudoun) beat John Jack (Gourock) by 1 hole
AYRSHIRE 4 RENFREWSHIRE 4