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Catriona Matthew's visit to Carnoustie Country
April 20, 2012

As part of her role as Carnoustie Country Ambassador, Catriona Matthew, one of the world's top women golfers, recently spent several days visiting the area.

"As a golfer, it's a major honour to be associated with Carnoustie Country," said the 2009 Ricoh Women's British Open Champion as, on 12 April, she opened the new Carnoustie Golf Centre, which is situated next to the first tee of Carnoustie Championship. "With 30 links, inland and parkland golf courses within a forty minute drive of Carnoustie Championship, Carnoustie Country is a golfer's paradise.

"I've wonderful memories of the games I've played on Carnoustie Country courses, many of which are ideally suited to women's golf," continued Catriona. "And, for those who want a true challenge, Carnoustie Championship, where the Women's British Amateur will be held in June, is famous for its ability to test and hone golfing skills, which is why it's such a good addition to the women's championship circuit."

Catriona's previous visit to Carnoustie Championship was for the 2011 Ricoh British Women's Open, when she tied 5 th . "The competitors in the Women's Open were amongst the first to use the facilities in the Golf Visitor Centre so I know from personal experience just how good they are," said Catriona.

During her time in Carnoustie Country, Catriona held several golf masterclasses. "I hope fellow golfers picked up a few tips at my clinics," said Catriona, who also participated in a Beat The Pro competition held at the 8 th hole of Carnoustie Championship during the inaugural Carnoustie Country Ladies 4-Ball Stableford.

Two women golfers from every Carnoustie Country course competed in this highly successful tournament, which was won by Jane Yellowlees and Yvonne McGregor from Murrayshall. "What a terrific event," said Jane Yellowlees as she was presented with the crystal trophy by Catriona Matthew. "Thanks to Carnoustie Country and Catriona for a fabulous day."

Catriona has enjoyed success on several Carnoustie Championship courses, including Montrose Medal, where on 13 April, as part of the celebrations of 450 years of golf on Montrose Links, the Carnoustie Country Ambassador officially opened the newly-extended 450-yard 11 th hole. "There's a long history of golf in Carnoustie Country, stretching right back to at least 1562, when golf is first recorded as having been played on Montrose Links.

"This golfing heritage has resulted in golfers from Carnoustie Country contributing considerably to the development of golf throughout the world and to the establishment of some fabulous golf courses."

The Carnoustie Country Ambassador also spent time at a variety of golf projects aimed at encouraging local youngsters to take up golf, including a Junior Golf Day at Forbes of Kingennie, a masterclass for up and coming young golfers at Kirriemuir Golf Club and a 'Junior Open' for primary school children at Webster's Sports Centre in Kirriemuir. "Youth and junior golf initiatives such as these will ensure Carnoustie Country's wonderful golfing legacy continues to go from strength to strength," said Catriona.

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