Thursday, April 22, 2010

Crieff Golf Club member Roseanne Niven, coming to the end of her four years at the University of California-Berkeley, slipped out of the top 20 with a final round of 79 in the Women's Pac-10 golf championship at Eugene Country Club, Oregon.
Roseanne, pictured right, from Tibbermore, near Perth, had earlier rounds of 74 and 73, which included seven birdies, but she could not get a single birdie in her final round which was marred by a double bogey 6 at the first hole.
As it was the former British women's open amateur stroke-play champion finished a creditable joint 21st on 226 in a quality field of 50 players, 13 places and 10 strokes ahead of fellow Scot Sally Watson, the Curtis Cup player and candidate for a place in the 2010 team.
Stanford University student Sally opened satisfactorily with a 73 but then had nightmare rounds of 81 and 82, her final round including a score of 47 for holes 10 to 18, two triple bogey 7s and a double bogey 6 for a total of 236 and a share of 34th place.
Former British open amateur champion Carlota Ciganda from Spain tied with Arizona State University team-mate Juliana Murcia for victory on 214, Carlota shooting 71-72-71 to Julian's 68-77-69.
Although Arizona State also had a player who was one of four in joint third place on 219, they were robbed of the team title by a virus which laid low two of their players, Giulia Molinaro and Jennifer Johnson. They were confined to bed after the first round in which Giulia had a 74 and Jennifer a 72. Without the necessary scores from five players in each round, Arizona State technically had a "No Return" in the team event in which they were defending the championship.
Rivals Arizona (878) won the title ahead of UCLA (881) with Oregon (889). California (909) finished sixth of the 10 competiting teams.