After a damning indictment on the state of Scottish golf, fuelled by the fact that only four Scots have qualified for next week's Open Champion-ship, it was little surprise that the inspiring surrounds of Loch Lomond should summon such a swift response.
On a day when Colin Montgomerie's mood certainly did not match the Scottish sunshine after a one-over 72, two of his less-celebrated compatriots seized their chance to fly the flag of St Andrew.
Little-known David Drys-dale was left trailing by Birmingham's victorious Sam Walker last week on Challenge Tour duty at Murcar Links.
And, in the bitter wake of Monty's final-hole stumble that cost him his first major championship last month at the US Open, Drysdale, like the rest of Scotland, woke up yesterday morning to find he and compatriots' golfing prowess being rubbished in the national newspapers.
But the Dunbar touring professional last night found himself sharing the first-round lead at the Scottish Open with Swede Johan Edfors after each shot a six-under 65. And, on top of that, proud Hibernian fan Raymond Russell was part of a four-man group on four-under.
Admittedly, that quartet of men to shoot 67s also contained the two-time US Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal while Luke Donald and 61-year-old Hale Irwin, Edfors' playing partner, were in the next group back on three under. And, just one shot off the lead is Ulsterman Darren Clarke, the morning leader, whose five-under 66 was later matched by Leamington-born Miles Tunnicliff.
But it was still a day that left the locals with slightly less long faces. As for the visiting pack of locals', neither of the Midlands' two Ryder Cup contenders were entirely happy with their game. But Paul Broadhurst had more to be pleased about with his two-under 69 than John Bickerton was with a one-over 72.
On a day when he was near the top of his game, Broad-hurst was still annoyed with a few unexpected aberrations which prevented him finishing the first round in even closer contact with the lead-ers. "Out of the blue, I hit two nine-irons on the back nine, both of which I caught fat," said Broadhurst.
"At 18, I was stood there thinking I could take the flag out with 153 yards to go and I end up chunking it 30 yards short. It was the same on the 12th, where I had to make an up-and-down to get my par there too.
"I three-putted the first for bogey, then hit a poor tee shot at four to drop another one there. And, although I got one back in between at the third, I was stood on the fifth tee fuming, wondering how can I be playing well, yet still only be one over. But, while it's not hard to see why it could have been better, I'm still quite happy with two-under after that start."
By contrast, playing with defending champion Tim Clark and potential K Club team-mate Donald, Bickerton failed to impress the substantial gallery, struggling to find his 'A' game.
At least he was playing to the card. In fact, at one stage, Bickerton seemed set for a Faldo-like 18 pars. But, even when he broke that sequence by dropping a shot at the 15th, he admitted that a 71 would have just been too cheeky.
"The way I hit it, level par would have been more than enough," Bickerton said. "I hit the ball terribly.
"I just did not strike it at all. I drove it worse than I had for a long time and, once you start with a couple of bad ones, it's not the sort of course you can relax on.
"I saved a good few pars and I still hit a few greens but really I'm looking to get it a lot closer and the birdie chances I did have, I missed.
"It's just a case of trying to stay focused. I'll be going on the range for an hour or two to see what I can put right."
Like Bickerton, The Belfry's Tom Whitehouse also had to sign for a 72. The man from Coleshill recovered from a bogey at the second with two birdies that saw him go to the turn on one-under 35. But he then dropped two shots in the final four holes to come back in 37 for his 72.
That was a stroke better off than Steve Webster, who also found it tougher on the back nine.
Playing the course back to front, Webster found himself three down at halfway, having added bogeys at the 17th and 18th to his dropped shot at the tenth.
But he then made birdies at the third and the ninth, with only one more dropped shot at the long sixth as he returned a two-over 73.