10 of the 14 Lothians qualifiers made it through the first round of the Scottish Amateur at Gailes Links this morning. Angus Carrick (Craigielaw), the defending champion did excellently in leading the qualifying but, as often seems to be the case for the leading qualifier, he was beaten in the first round, by the narrowest of margins, on the last green. Also dropping out at this stage were Allyn Dick (Kingsfield),Malcolm Pennycott (Royal Burgess) and Scott McCandless (Bathgate). In the second round in the afternoon there were 3 all Lothians clashes with Oliver Mukherjee (Gullane) easing out clubmate Fergus Brown 2 & 1. Andrew Benson (West Lothian) got the better of James Morgan (Longniddry) with a 3 & 1 win. Great experience however for Brown and Morgan who are still juniors as is Oliver Mukherjee. In the 3rd all Lothians clash Jamie Duguid (Dunbar) beat George Sampson (Royal Burgess) after extra holes. Connor Wilson (Castle Park) followed an 18th hole win in the morning with a 3 & 2 win in the afternoon and Thomas Simmonds (Gullane) followed a 3 & 2 win in the morning with a good 3 & 1 win in the afternoon. Elsewhere Cameron Adam (Royal Burgess) was beaten at the 20th hole and Craig Davidson (Craigielaw) at the 19th hole, So five players are in the last 16 tomorrow morning.