Garry Hay experienced the highs and lows of matchplay golf at Prestwick yesterday when his quest for the British Mid Amateur championship title ended in the second round.

The 37-year-old from Panmure looked well on the way to victory when he aced the 167-yard second hole in his tie against Neil Richardson, of Wentworth, and with four holes to play, he was still one ahead.

But Hay, who played against America's Phil Mickelson in the biennial Walker Cup match in 1991, could not keep the momentum going and the Englishman turned the match around to win on the last green.

There was better news for home hopes at the top of the draw, where leading qualifier George Crawford, of William-wood, progressed safely to the last 16.

The 37-year-old Glasgow bank manager encountered a bizarre ending to his first-round match against Alistair Ritchie, of Strathaven, where Ritchie mistakenly played Crawford's ball on to the fourteenth green before conceding the hole and the match.

Crawford went on to beat another former Walker Cup player, Michael Kelley, of Ganton, by one hole in the second round and will now face Hilton Park's Keith Macnair this morning.

In the bottom half of the draw second qualifier, Wilson Bryson, of Drumpellier, also took his appointed place in the last 16 with a comfortable 5 and 3 victory over Peter Jamieson of Cathkin Braes.

First round

G Crawford (Williamwood) beat A Ritchie (Strathaven), 5 and 4; M Kelley (Ganton) beat K Miller (Fulford), 5 and 3; S Butts (Hartley Wintney) beat J Milligan (Kilmarnock Barassie), 3 and 2; K Macnair (Hilton Park) beat P Happe (Ilford), 4 and 2; G Legg (Dudsbury) beat T Jackson (Blackburn), 1 hole; L McLaughlin (Cowglen) beat R Lloyd (Moatlands), 3 and 2; N Richardson (Wentworth) beat D Alexander (USA), 5 and 4; G Hay (Panmure) beat N Gemmell (Tantallon), 3 and 2.

F Illouz (France) beat A Inglis (Sunningdale Artisans), 1 hole; M Sangster (St Mungo's) beat K Renton (Balbirnie Park), 2 and 1; M Moir (Hamilton) beat C Dunan (Milngavie), at 19th; S Adelman (USA) beat D Whittaker (Bath), 1 hole; P Langford (Wallasey) beat S Jarman (Woburn), 3 and 2; G Steel (Moor Park) beat G Brown (Royal Liverpool), 2 and 1; S Philipson (Prudhoe) beat S Peel (Alwoodley), at 19th; M Keeling (Burslem) beat P Moultrie (Balmore), 6 and 5.

R Reed (Ringway) beat S East (Fulford), 1 hole; R Booth (Stand) beat R Scott (Irvine), 4 and 3; M Wharton (John O'Gaunt) beat I Carslaw (Western Gailes), 2 holes; S Smith (Duddingston) beat I Lyner (Leicestershire), 5 and 3; G Thomson (Murrayshall) beat R Fulker (Kilmarnock Barassie), 5 and 4; E Moir (Hamilton) beat D Robertson (Dunbar), 2 and 1; G Murphy (Whitecraigs) beat D Stockwell (Bedford & County), 1 hole; H MacDonald (Old Ranfurly) beat G Lawrie (Prestwick St Nicholas), 2 and 1.

J Longcake (Silloth on Solway) beat J Johnston (Northumberland), 3 and 1; H Thompson (Irvine) beat J Mathers (Haggs Castle), 1 hole; C Barrowman (Glasgow) beat R Milton (Strathaven), 4 and 3; R Darlington (Royal Ashdown) beat P Holliday (RAF Marham), 3 and 2; N Johnstone (Brampton) beat M Kinsler (Gleddoch), 3 and 2; A Johnson (Caldy) beat S Giardina (Berkhamsted), 2 holes; P Jamieson (Cathkin Braes) beat D Griggs (Royal Worlington), at 21st; W Bryson (Drumpellier) beat G Huggett (Shifnal), 6 and 5.

Second round

Crawford beat Kelley, 1 hole; Macnair beat Butts, 1 hole; McLaughlin beat Legg, 3 and 1; Richardson beat Hay, 1 hole; Illouz beat Sangster, 1 hole; Adelman beat M Moir, 6 and 5; Langford beat Steel, 1 hole; Philipson beat Keeling, 3 and 2.

Booth beat Reid, 2 and 1; Wharton beat Smith, 2 and 1; Thomson beat E Moir, 1 hole,; MacDonald beat Murphy, 2 and 1; Longcake beat Thompson, 3 and 1; Darlington beat Barrowman, at 19th; Johnstone beat Johnson, 1 hole; Bryson beat Jamieson, 5 and 3.