Catriona Matthew received a standing ovation at the Annodata Scottish Golf Awards after becoming the first female recipient of the Lifetime Achievement honour.

A star-studded audience of over 650 guests assembled in Edinburgh to recognise the achievements of golfers at all levels of the game, concluding with the ex-Ricoh Women’s British Open winner and Solheim Cup stalwart entering the nation’s golfing ‘Hall of Fame’.

Receiving her award from former European Solheim Cup captain Alison Nicholas, Catriona follows past Lifetime winners Colin Montgomerie, Paul Lawrie, Sam Torrance, Sandy Lyle and Bernard Gallacher, on a night of celebration and fundraising for the Scottish Golf Charity and On Course Foundation.

Matthew, seeking to achieve another career milestone by representing Team GB at the Olympics in Rio this August, said: “I’m thrilled to receive this award. Lifetime Achievement makes me feel as though I’m getting towards the end of my career, and I’m absolutely delighted and very honoured, but as long as I’m enjoying it and playing well, I will still be out there.”

The 46-year-old from North Berwick, who has racked up 11 professional wins and achieved over 100 top-10s on the LPGA circuit, added:

“It’s difficult to pick one highlight, but I think winning the Ricoh Women’s British Open (at Royal Lytham in 2009), having my husband, Graeme, caddying for me that week, 10 weeks after having my second child, was obviously a huge highlight.”


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