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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Roseanne Niven wins Battle of
the Scots for last eight place

Roseanne Niven from Crieff won the Battle of the Scots at North Berwick this morning to earn a quarter-final place against the Spanish ace, Azahara Munoz, on the penultimate day of the British women's open amateur chmpionship.
Roseanne beat Scottish universities champion Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) by 2 and 1 in a third-round tie between the only two Scots to survive to the last 16.
Pamela did well to take the tie to the 17th green after a miserable start in which she mishit her first tee shot and then lost the first four holes, although Roseanne did birdie the third.
Pretswell began her fightback by winning the fifth where Roseanne three-putted.
Niven regained her four-hole lead with a par at the eighth and went five up with a pitch and putt birdie 4 at the ninth. She was roughly one under par for the first nine holes.
After three halves in par figures, Pamela slashed her deficit to two holes by holing a 25ft putt for a birdie 3 at the 14th and then a par 3 at the 15th.
But it was so far and no further for the never-say-die Bothwell Castle player. Roseanne held her at bay with halves at the 16th and 17th for a 2 and 1 win.
In the quarter-finals Roseanne came up against Azahara Munoz, the Arizona State University student who won the recent NCAA women's championship in America and before that was British girls championship winner at Lanark in 2004.
Munoz was roughly three under par in winning by two holes against another US college circuit player, Stefanie Endstrasser (Austria).
Munoz's birdies included the seventh, 10th and 13th.

Caroline Hedwall v Maude-Aimee Leblanc.
Valentine Derrey v Jacqueline Hedwall.
Roseanne Niven v Azahara Munoz.
Anna Nordqvist v Maria Hernandez.