Currently sitting well below the cut-off line on the official entry list, Andrew McArthur and Jamie McLeary have been handed an alternative avenue into next week’s Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play at Archerfield Links.
The two European Tour card holders will join a field of other home hopefuls battling it out for one spot in an 18-hole qualifier being held at the East Lothian venue next Monday.
Among the others taking part in that shoot-out is Jack Doherty, who will be hoping to emulate his success in a similar qualifier, albeit over two rounds at Lossiemouth, earlier this month for the Scottish Open.
Alastair Forsyth, Kris Nicol and Gareth Wright also passed that particular test to secure spots at Castle Stuart and they, too, will be trying to earn another chance to get into a European Tour event.
Others taking part in the qualifier on the Fidra Links include Tartan Tour No 1 Chris Kelly, recent PGA EuroPro Tour runner-up Paul McKechnie, 2014 Amateur champion Bradley Neil, Dubai-based Clarke Lutton and Craig Lawrie, the tournament host’s oldest son.
The winner will join a strong field that is set to be headed by two Ryder Cup contenders, Matt Fitzpatrick and Chris Wood, as well as six others who have played in the biennial event, namely Lawrie, Thomas Bjorn, Stephen Gallacher, Edoardo Molinari, David Howell and Oliver Wilson.
Draw for Monday’s qualifier
James McGhee, Neil Henderson, tbc
Kevin Duncan, Zack Saltman, Mark Hillson
Andrew Oldcorn, Zander Culverwell, Cameron Marr
Mark Kerr, Chris Robb, Bradley Neil
Conor O’Neil, Marc Owenson, Philip McLean
Callum Macaulay, Sean Lawrie, Stephen Gray
Gareth Wright, Elliott Saltman, Chris Kelly
Graham Fox, George Murray, Kris Nicol
Jack Doherty, Craig Lawrie, Gavin Hay
Paul McKechnie, Lloyd Saltman, Scott Henderson
Greg McBain, Alastair Forsyth, John Henry
Neil Fenwick, Jamie McLeary, Paul O’Hara
Chris Currie, Andrew McArthur, David Orr
Paul Robinson, Sam Kiloh, Jordan McColl
Louis Gaughan, Oliver Roberts, Wallace Booth