Wednesday, July 28, 2021

SCOTTISH MEN'S AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP - Four Ayrshire players qualify for matchplay stages.

Four Ayrshire players are through to the matchplay stages of the 2021 Scottish Men's Amateur Championship, being held at Murcar and Portlethen from the 27th to the 1st of August.

The Ayrshire qualifiers were lead by Scottish internationalist Stuart Easton (Irvine) who had a 1 over par round on Wednesday to leave him on 6 under par over the two qualifying rounds, as he qualified in 8th place.

Shaun Hedger (West Kilbride) had a 1 under par second round to finish on 4 under par in total, and qualified in 21st place, whilst Robbie Muir (Kilmarnock Barassie) was 35th qualifier after a 1 over par second round left him on 2 under par overall.

The final Ayrshire qualifier was Alyx Murray (Prestwick St Nicholas) who was placed 46th after a 1 over par second round left him on 1 under par overall.

The cut for the 64 qualifiers for the matchplay stages fell at 1 over par, with three of the ten players on that score qualifying.

Jack Broun (Turnberry) and Michael Smyth (Royal Troon)  both finished on the cut mark, but failed to secure one of the three matchplay slots, after second rounds of 3 over par and 5 over par left them in 69th and 67th place respectively.

The other Ayrshire players who exited the tournament after the strokeplay qualifying rounds were:-

+ 3 - Sandy Buchanan (Prestwick St Nicholas)

+ 8 - Alastair Frood (Royal Troon)

+ 9 - Harvey McDonald (Ayr Belleisle)  

+14 - Liam Kirkham (Troon Welbeck)

+16 - Malcolm Pennycott (Whiting Bay/Royal Burgess)

+20 - Jim McCullagh (Kilmarnock Barassie)

+28 - John Bissett (Prestwick)

The first round of the matchplay stages, which will take place over the Murcar Links, begins on Thursday the 29th of July and the ties involving the four Ayrshire players are:-

Stuart Easton (Irvine) Vs. Kenneth Macaskill (Auchterarder)

Alyx Murray (Prestwick St Nicholas) Vs. Andrew R Ni (Murrayfield)

Robbie Muir (Kilmarnock Barassie) Vs. William Squires (Kirkcudbright)

Shaun Hedger (West Kilbride) Vs. Aamar Saleem (New Club, St Andrews)

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