Catriona Matthew MBE |
25th August 1969, Edinburgh
Ricoh Women's British Open
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18th East Course, North Berwick
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Scottish Girls' Championship:1986
Curtis Cup Team :1990,1992,1994
Rochampton Gold Cup :1989
Helen Holm Trophy :1990
Welsh Women's Open :1992
St. Rule Trophy
Ness Trophy :1993
British Ladies Amateur :1993
Spanish Ladies' Championship :1993
Vagliano Team Trophy
:1989, 1991, 1993
Espirito Santo World Team Championship :1992 European Ladies Team :1989, 1991
'Super Mum' |
Wins British Open
By Douglas Seaton
North Berwick Factfile
CATRIONA MATTHEW (nee Lambert) lived with her parents in Marmion Road and
attended North Berwick High School, before qualifying as an accountant at Stirling University. She later wrote, 'As a girl
growing up in North Berwick it was natural I should also want to play golf. I was lucky there was a nine-hole children's course
where I could learn to play; I think the longest hole was 150 yards. That was a wonderful place to start. They ran five
tournaments each summer for under-10s and under-14s. There would be 100 or so boys and girls playing together and it was an
enjoyable way to introduce youngsters to the game.' Catriona took lessons from Jimmy Hume the pro at Gullane and lists him as a
great influence in her early years.
While a student, Catriona worked on the Children's Course collecting the ticket money and in the evening she would stand by the
March Dyke, a stone wall crossing the 3rd and 16th fairways on the West Links, checking if the passing golfers had paid their
green fees - just like the 'Highway Patrol'.
Matthew became the first Scot to win on home soil in over a
decade at the WPGA Championship of Europe.
Catriona was a former
Scottish Girls champion, Scottish under-21 champion, three times Scottish Amateur Champion, and winner of the British Women's
Amateur title in 1993. Matthew also played in three Curtis Cup teams before turning professional in 1994. Golf is not the only
sport she excels. Catriona played badminton for Scotland in 1985 in the European Championship for the under-18s.
Catriona is known to her fellow professionals as 'Beany', a name she was given at school. She married Graeme Matthew from Melrose,
a former Scottish Boys Strokeplay Champion and on qualifying for the US LPGA tour in 1995, Graeme caddied for her during the first
two years. Since her days at Stirling University Catriona has been coached by the Glenbervie professional John Chillas.
Her first international victory came in the Australian Women's Open at the Yara Yara course in Melbourne on
10th November 1996. During the final round she carded a flawless 69, to win by three strokes from the home favourite Karrie Web
(70). Matthew finished with a nine-under-par total of 283 and was sprayed with champagne on the home green by fellow Scot Kathryn
Marshall (77) who finished in joint fifth place. Sweden's Liselotte Neumann (72) was third on 287.
In August 1998, she won the McDonald's WPGA Championship of Europe on the King's Course at Gleneagles. For the first time her
husband relinquished the caddying duties, and Andy Dearden from Manchester took over.
During the Championship of Europe, 28 year old Matthew, led from the first round, closing with a 69 for a 12 under-par total of
276, five shots clear of playing partner Laura Davies (72) and defending champion from Sweden, Helen Alfredsson (71). As Catriona
lifted the 45,000 GBP winners cheque, she said "I did get nervous towards the end, but the crowd were fantastic. They cheered me onto
| Catriona Matthew
defeated her fellow Curtis Cup and Vagliano team member Kirsty Speak in the final of the British Ladies Amateur Championship at
Royal Lytham and St. Annes in 1993. |
On 18th September 1998, Matthew made her debut in the European Solheim Cup team at Muirfield Village in Ohio, which the USA won
16-12. In 1999, her husband Graeme returned to caddie for her and at the first major of the year, the Nabisco Dinah Shore, she
finished seventh. At the U.S. Women's Open in June she finished top Briton in eighth place at Old Waverly, West Point,
Mississippi. In the final major of the 1999 LPGA season, Catriona finished fifth in the Du Maurier Classic, played at Priddis
Green in Calgary, Canada. |
In 2000, she competed in 28 events and posted seven top-10 finishes, including fifth at the season-opening The Office Depot and
Australian Ladies Masters. Catriona, twice runner-up in tour events crossed the $1 million mark in career earnings on July 16 2001
after a tie for 10th place at the Japan Airlines Big Apple Classic.
Matthew won her first US LPGA tour event, the Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies' Open on 18th February 2001 at Kapolei, by adding a
level par 72 to opening rounds of 67 and 71 for a six-under-par total 210 and a three-shot victory. Playing in tough windy
conditions Matthew led by two at the start of the final round, but was tied with her playing partner US Solheim Cup player Nancy
Scranton with nine to play. But while Matthew held her nerve over the closing stretch with an eagle at the 11th, Scranton finished
double-bogey, bogey. In the end it was Sweden's world No.2 Annika Sorenstam who snatched second place after a 70 for a three-under
213, while Scranton's 74 left her having to settle for share of third with fellow American's Danielle Ammaccapane (69) and Wendy
Ward (73) on 214. Matthew was presented with a cheque for 77,600 GBP and a Rolex watch that is part of the trappings for a first-time
In 2002, Matthew was controversially left out of the Solheim Cup team by Dale Reid when Europe was defeated by the United States
in Minnesota. In 2003 Matthew gained one of captain Catrin Nilsmark's wild card picks when the Solheim Cup was played at the
Barseback Golf and Country Club, Malmo in Sweden. Catriona played in all five matches, and had the honour of securing the wining
point for Europe. The highlight was when she hit an eight iron to eight feet at the 17th hole and Rosie Jones conceded her
five-foot birdie putt which clinched the European victory. This was only the third triumph for Europe in this event and its
biggest ever victory, seventeen-and-a-half points, to ten-and-a-half.
Catronia had to wait another three years before her next LPGA victory at the first extra hole of a sudden death play-off in the
Wendy's Championship for Children, played at the Tartan Fields Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio on 22nd August 2004. |
In the final round Matthew had a three shot deficit with six holes to play but birdied two of her final four holes for a closing
round 68, four under par, which matched defending champion Hee Won-Han's total of 278 to force a play off. This was the first
play-off Matthew had been in and her par at the first extra hole was good enough to eclipse her opponent's bogey on a day when
Catriona didn't drop a single shot. 72-67-71-68=278 (-10). Mexico's Lorena Ochoa was third, one shot back on 279, while the
fourteen year old Korean-American Michelle Wie finished tied for 6th place on 282.
In 2005, she made her third appearance in the European Solheim Cup team at
Crooked Stick, Carmel, Indiana, where the USA triumphed fifteen-and-a half-points to twelve-and-a half points for Europe.
Dublin, Ohio, August 2004 © Getty Images
In 2006, Catriona was confirmed as the best female golfer in the UK when she was
ranked 19th in the first official women's world golf rankings. Catriona admitted she still has superstitions and always starts a
tournament with a ball marked with a four, and only practices with her uneven irons on the range. She said that's because I only
had a nine, a seven, and a five iron when I started playing golf. |
In August 2007, Matthew claimed her fifth worldwide victory when she won the Scandinavian TPC, at Barseback Golf and Country Club
in Malmo, Sweden. Catriona carded a final round 68 to finish on nine-under-par 279, and a three stroke victory over American Laura
Diaz and Sweden's Sophie Gustafson. Defending champion Annika Sorenstam who hosted the event, shot a four-under-par 68 to finish
in ninth place on level par. Matthew who took six months off to have baby Katie on 18th December said she was a little bit shaky
on 10 and pushed my second shot but the birdies on 12 and 13 settled me down and I had good chances coming in.
Scandinavian TPC Hosted By Annika, Barseback Golf and Country Club, Malmo,
Sweden - August 12th 2007|
In January 2009 Matthew won the HSBC Brazil Cup while she was five months pregnant.
On her returned from maternity leave in July at the Evian Masters in France, Catriona and her husband Graeme had to run through flames
to escape a fire in the Pavillons du Golf Hotel where they were staying. A week later Catriona became the first Scot and only the fourth
British player to win a major championship in the women's game when she lifted the Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes.
The press described her as 'Super Mum' after winning the title eleven weeks after giving birth to her second daughter Sophia. |
The 39 year-old, moved into contention with an eagle three, a hole-in-one and then four birdies in a terrific back nine of 30 on
Friday and was tied for the led at the halfway stage, and three clear of the field after a 71 on Saturday. At the start of the final
round, it seemed at first the title was slipping away from her - dropping three shots to see her overnight lead vanish. But she
roared back to sink a trio of birdies, including a monster 45ft putt on the 14th to take her to victory by three shots over
Australian Karrie Web who closed with a four-under-par 68 to finish on level par. America's Paula Creamer and Christina Kim and
Japan's Ai Miyazato dropped shots late on to finish joint third.
The Scotsman Comment - To become Open champion so soon after giving birth is a truly remarkable feat at which her male counterparts,
knowing the energy and stamina that championship level golf requires, can only marvel.
'Super Mum' climbed to No.14 on the LPGA rankings and was selected for the fifth time to play for Europe in the Solheim Cup at
Rich Harvest Farms, Illinois in August 2009. At that time Catriona was coached by former European player David Whelan who was based in Florida
where he also coached American Paula Creamer. In December 2009, Catriona was crowned Ladies' European Tour Player of the Year and
came second to Lee Westwood in the Golf Writers' Trophy. Catronia is an honorary life member of both North Berwick and Gullane Ladies
In August 2011 Catriona won her eighth title at the Scottish Ladies Open at Archerfield Links. Four ahead going into
the final round, Catriona stormed to the turn in five-under 31 and after eight straight pars coming home, she signed off in style by
rolling in a 15-foot birdie putt on the last for her seventh birdie of the day on the Fidra course and a 15 under-par total of 208.
Left: Scottish Ladies Open - 2011
First round leader Hannah Jun of the United States carded a solid final round of 72 to finish back in second place, a stroke clear
of third placed Caroline Afonso of France. In September 2011 Catriona played in her sixth Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle outside
Dublin. In the single matches on the final day Matthew thumped Paula Creamer 6 & 5 and helped Europe regain the Solheim Cup with a
thrilling 15-13 victory over the USA. Suzann Pettersen and Caroline Hedwall started the fight back and the result eventually hinged
on the final three matches and it was Azahara Munoz who had the honour of clinching the vital point in the final match with a one
hole win over Angela Stanford.
Catriona is coached by Kevin Craggs, the SLGA's national coach and her fitnest trainer is Steve Paulding. She is on the list of IMG's
golf clients with Vikki Cuming, and in 2010, she received an MBE in the Queen's New Years Honors List for services to golf.
In November 2011 Catriona won her fourth career LPGA title at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico. She closed with a one-under 71
for a four-stroke victory in the 36-player event at Guadalajara Country Club. Three shots ahead at the start of the final round,
Catriona stretched her lead to eight shots after racing to the turn in four-under 32. After dropping shots at the 12th and 15th her
lead was reduced to three as Swede Anna Nordqvist made a charge after picking up three birdies.
Catriona held her nerve eventually signing for rounds of 69, 68, 68, 71 and a winning total of 276. Nordqvist finished joint second
with defending champion In Kyung Kim from South Korea on 280. Catriona's regular caddie, husband Graeme remained in Scotland with the
children and she used an old friend Chuck from the PGA Tour as her caddie.
Lorena Ochoa Invitational - Mexico 2011
In August 2012, Catriona led from start to finish to clinch her tenth career title with a closing round of 71 in the Ladies Irish Open at Killeen
Castle near Dublin. Matthew led by one after an opening 67 and by two after successive rounds of 71 to finish with a total of 209, seven-under-par.
Her European Solheim Cup team-mate Suzann Pettersen of Norway ended a stroke back after her second round of 69. Petterson pushed Matthew all the
way as she began the final round three shots behind but was tied for the lead after 15 where she found the left bunker with her second shot but
made a birdie putt from 20 feet. Matthew birdied the same hole and Petterson made an eight-foot birdie putt on the par-three 16th to stay level with
Matthew but she then dropped a shot at 17. There was a two-shot swing when Matthew holed a tricky five-footer to reach eight-under-par with a hole
to play. Pettersen missed a downhill birdie putt on 18 and although Matthew dropped a shot finding the bunker behind the green, two putts was
enough to seal her win and the 52,500 euro first prize.
Ladies Irish Open - Killeen Castle 2012
WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN - 2009, Photo Gallery
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