Kirby Muxloe's Jason Palmer fired a course record to be the pick of the Leicestershire golfers competing in the Local Final Qualifying tournaments for the Open.
But his seven-under-par 63 at Dunbar was not enough to secure him a place at Muirfield in two weeks' time.
With only three slots available to get into the Open from each of the four Scottish courses in use at this stage, Palmer went tantalisingly close by finishing in joint-fourth place.
No other Leicestershire professional, or amateur, went closer than Palmer, whose 63 followed up a first-round 71, leaving him in a four-way tie on six-under 134.
Palmer, who fired eight birdies in his 63, said:
"I knew I had to go low in my second round, and I was really happy with how I played, especially under pressure towards the end. With four birdies in the last five holes, I knew I was in with a shout. I just could not have done more.
"Unfortunately, it was just not quite enough, so that was disappointing.
"But it was great experience and I know it will all prove invaluable in future.
"This was a big occasion and there were so few places, no reserve spots at all, so it was always going to be difficult."
Jason is currently leading the Alps Tour Order of Merit after 10 rounds of the Satellite Tour's competition, picking up his clubs again as he heads to Belgium for this weeks tournament.