Paul Dunne carded an opening round 67 at the ASI Scottish Open where American Luke List leads the way after a seven under-par round of 63.
Dunne bookended his round with a bogey and double bogey, but six birdies ensured he will start tomorrow among a cluster of players four shots off the lead.
List equalled the course record, with Lee Westwood sharing second place with 2015 winner Rickie Fowler, Robert Rock, Scott Fernandez and Jens Dantorp.
Graeme McDowell sits at -1, with Darren Clarke a further two shots back.
A round of 73 means Padraig Harrington will be battling to make the cut at three over par.
Fowler raised the prospect of recording the first 59 in European Tour history after five birdies and an eagle took him to seven under par after 12 holes of the par-70 layout.
But a bogey on the 13th was followed by five straight pars as the inward nine played much harder back into the wind, Reed also racing to the turn in 29 before coming home in 36.
"I love playing links golf and being able to use your imagination and hit different shots," said Fowler, whose victory at Gullane in 2015 prompted the members to rename the clubhouse bar in his honour.
"I feel like this golf course, you go around and you hit pretty much every club in your bag."