JAMIE MACKAY of Kilmarnock Barassie is the new Ayrshire strokeplay champion for the first time.
He took the title after a marathon play-off against Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) at West Kilbride on Sunday.
Mackay, the 2005 Ayrshire boys’ champion, led the capacity strong field from the off, posting the best score of the morning with a three under par 68.
After a 72 in the morning, Smyth recorded one of the best rounds of the afternoon with a two under par 69 to set the clubhouse target on 141 and tie with Mackay who fired a 73.
That took the pair into a play-off which Mackay eventually won at the sixth play-off hole.
Third was John Haggarty (Loudoun) on 142, followed by Tommy McInally (Loudoun) on 143 and Gary Bryden (Girvan) and David McLellan on 144.
The Ayrshire matchplay championship will be held from Monday, May 2 to Thursday, May 5 over Troon Portland and involves the top 16 available players from the strokeplay.
The cut fell at 148, with three players from six gaining places in the matchplay field.
Round one matches on Monday are. 1700: Jamie Mackay (Barassie) v Alex Gourlay (Irvine); 1707: Stepen Murray (Welbeck) v Euan Walker (Barassie); 1715: Tommy McInally (Loudoun) v Euan Brown (Barassie); 1721: Gary Bryden (Girvan) v Stephen Spence (Irvine); 1728: Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) v Colin Gray (Irvine); 1735: Keith Hamilton (Belleisle) v Malcolm Pennycott (Whiting Bay); 1742: John Haggarty (Loudoun) v Alan Connery (Irvine); 1749: David McLellan (largs) v David Wilson (Welbeck).
Reserves: Marc Smith (Welbeck), Gordon Boyle (Dalmilling), Alan McLean (Kilbirnie).