Ardglass star Cormac Sharvin will aim to follow in the footsteps of compatriot Gavin Moynihan by winning the Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship, which gets underway at Moray this morning.
The 22-year-old 2013 Irish Close champion spearheads the Irish charge at the prestigious event, which was won last year by The Island's Moynihan, with fellow Irishman Jack Hume joint second.
Moynihan won't be back to defend his title as he - along with Hume and other leading amateur Gary Hurley - have all earned invites to the Irish Open.
Sharvin, tied for 41st last year, leads a trio of Irishman looking to make an impact among a 144-strong field, along with Castle's Daniel Holland - fresh from his 14th-placed finish at the Welsh Open Stroke Play Championship at Ashburnham last week - and Portmarnock's Alexander Wilson.
Competitors will compete over 18 holes today and tomorrow, with the top 40 and ties going on to play a further 36 holes on Sunday.
Previous winners of this event include victorious Ryder Cup captains Bernard Gallacher and Colin Montgomerie.