Cameron Gallagher and Eric McIntosh retain Lothians interest going into the quarter-finals of the Scottish Boys’ Amateur Championship at Murcar Links.
Craigielaw’s Grant Forrest was the last Lothians youngster to win the event at West Kilbride in 2010, and Gallagher and McIntosh are seeking to emulate him after a week of surprise results in the last eight.
No seeded player is left in the last eight after a number of upsets in the flagship Scottish Golf national boys’ event, with Deeside’s Michae Lawrie, watched all week by his dad, Paul, the former Open champion and two-time Ryder Cup player, perhaps now the favourite.
Top seed Sandy Scott headed home early after the fourth round, with much-fancied Jamie Stewart, the third seed from Old Course Ranfurly, also exiting.
Gallagher, aged only 14 from Longniddry, is though in the quarter-final mix, and now faces Dylan Burt (Bellshill) after the two handicapper accounted for the No.2 seed, Rory Franssen from Inverness.
Gallagher came through two tough ties on Thursday, progressing 2&1 in the afternoon against Lockerbie’s Christopher Finnie to seal his spot in the closing stages.
McIntosh, meantime, has also enjoyed an excellent week as the Bruntsfield Links player took care of Stewart 2&1 after lunch.
McIntosh, who faces Andrew Moir from Elgin in the last eight, said: “I holed a lot of putts towards the end which I think annoyed Jamie, but we had a fun game.
“I knew if I reached the fifth round I would likely play Jamie so it’s great to progress as he is a really good player.
“The event seems wide open now so we’ll see what Friday brings.”