Paul Lawrie and Catriona Matthew given role in review of Scottish Golf

Major champions Paul Lawrie and Catriona Matthew are to contribute to a review into the structure of Scottish Golf’s performance programmes and player pathway.

Catriona Matthew after winning the 2009 Ricoh Women's British Open Championship at Royal Lytham St Annes. Picture: Warren Little/Getty Images
Catriona Matthew after winning the 2009 Ricoh Women's British Open Championship at Royal Lytham St Annes. Picture: Warren Little/Getty Images

The pair will also act as mentors to help develop young talent.

The review, which will be conducted over the winter and in collaboration with other external stakeholders, will aim to develop and improve Scottish Golf’s performance programmes.

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Karin Sharp, chief operating officer of Scottish Golf, said: “It is very exciting to have Catriona and Paul on board. I can’t think of anyone more appropriate to help us further develop our performance programmes than two of Scotland’s most successful golfers. I have no doubt that the expertise and experience Catriona and Paul will bring to the table will be enormously valuable.

Paul Lawrie with the Claret Jug after winning the 1999 Open at Carnoustie. Picture: Stephen Munday /Allsport

“It is vital that we are getting the right support to the right players at the right time and I’m certain that this new partnership will help us do just that.”

Matthew, who won the Ricoh Women’s British Open in 2009, said: “I can’t wait to get started in this role and I’m incredibly excited about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. The game has given me so much over the years and I hope that by sharing my experience, and mentoring the next generation, I can give something back.

“I look forward to contributing to the review in any way that I can. There is a wealth of potential golf talent in Scotland and anything we can do to help identify and nurture that talent will hopefully help more Scottish golfers find success at the elite level.”

Lawrie, who won the Open at Carnoustie in 1999, said: “Over the years I have been very proud of the work my foundation has done in Scotland, helping players like David Law come through and win on Tour. I am now looking forward to working with Scottish Golf to help mentor and develop some of the country’s top up and coming players.

“By working together and utilising all of the golfing experience we have in this country, we can help our talented young golfers achieve their goals. However, it is equally important to look to the longer term and ensure our best golfers continue to get the support that they need as the sport itself changes and develops.”

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