Scottish golfer Catriona Matthew has been awarded the MBE in the New Year Honours List to cap a fantastic year for the Edinburgh-born player.
40-year old Catriona is responsible for one of the great golf stories of 2009 when she won the Ricoh British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes just 11 weeks after giving birth to her second daughter. Her win in the tournament was all the more remarkable after she cheated death just a week before after being forced to flee to escape from a hotel fire.
Matthew as also a major player for the European Solheim Cup team which lost out to the United States and the Ladies European Tour has recognised her contribution to the sport throughout the year and also her career. Matthew is highly regarded on the tour and the LET released a statement following the announcement of Matthew’s award.
”Catriona has always been a wonderful ambassador for the game of golf but she shot to prominence in 2009 as one of the UK’s finest sporting talents with her sensational victory at the Ricoh British Open.
”In recognition of her achievements the Ladies European Tour membership recently voted her as the Players’ Player of the Year and clearly she thoroughly deserves this honour.
”Her conduct on and off the course is exemplary and in sport there can be no greater role model.”
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