For the first time since 1949, there will be no Scot in the 10-man Great Britain & Ireland team for the defence of the Walker Cup against the United States next month. There's not even one on the reserve list.
The delivery of the news from the Royal & Ancient selectors yesterday was hardly a jaw-dropping surprise, given the underwhelming displays of the candidates in the big events on the amateur circuit during the campaign, but it is still a major embarrassment for the Scottish Golf Union. English players, who have accumulated an impressive bounty on the international stage this season, fill seven of the places, with the side being headlined by Matthew Fitzpatrick, who won the silver medal at the Open and captured the US Amateur title on Sunday night.
Ireland have two picks, Gavin Moynihan and Kevin Phelan, while the Welshman Rhys Pugh, who won three out of three in the 2011 match at Royal Aberdeen, retains his place despite having dropped out of the top 300 in the world amateur rankings.
In that sense, Glenbervie's world No.95 Graeme Robertson, beaten in a play-off for the Irish Open earlier in the year and with a decent pedigree in international matchplay, can feel somewhat disappointed not to have made it. In truth, though, the consistency of performance during 2013 from the main hopefuls has simply not been good enough. A run to the final of the European Team Championship, where they lost to England, illuminated an otherwise dour season at the senior level. One swallow doesn't make a summer, as they say.
As part of an elaborate high performance strategy, which states that "by 2020, Scotland will be the world's leading golfing nation", some of the fundamental objectives scribbled down include at least two players earning selection for the Walker Cup. The news will provoke much agonising in the corridors of the SGU.
Steve Paulding, the SGU's performance manager, admitted last year that he had been left "embarrassed" by Scotland's lowly finish of 44th in the World Amateur Team Championship, a title they had won in 2008.
It's safe to assume the man charged with making Scotland a global golfing force must be feeling deflated today.
TEAM. Great Britain & Ireland (v USA, Walker Cup, National Golf Links of America, Sept 7-8) Matthew Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire), Nathan Kimsey (Woodhall Spa), Gavin Moynihan (The Island), Max Orrin (North Foreland), Kevin Phelan (Waterford Castle), Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle), Rhys Pugh (Pontypridd), Neil Raymond (Corhampton), Callum Shinkwin (Moor Park), Jordan Smith (Bowood)