Catriona Matthew took pride of place on a successful night for the Lothians at the Annodata Scottish Golf Awards in the Capital.
A star-studded audience of more than 650 guests at the Corn Exchange saved the biggest cheer of the evening for Matthew as the North Berwick woman received a well-deserved Liftetime Achievement honour.
The 2009 Ricoh Women’s British Open champion is the first female to enter Scottish golf’s ‘Hall of Fame’, where she joins Colin Montgomerie, Paul Lawrie, Sam Torrance, Sandy Lyle and Bernard Gallacher.
“I’m thrilled to receive this award,” said Matthew, who is playing on the LPGA Tour for the 22nd straight season this year. “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.”
Russell Knox picked up the Player of the Year Award while Rickie Fowler’s wedge into the last at Gullane to win the Scottish Open earned him Shot of the Year.
Craigielaw’s Grant Forrest helped Great Britain & Ireland’s Walker Cup side win Team of the Year while there was a double success for the Lothians at grassroots level.
Prestonfield’s remarkable work with youngsters was rewarded with the ClubGolf Junior Club of the Year while Haddington captain David Drew picked up Volunteer of the Year.
An Inspiration Award was won by David Sneddon, a former army commander who has found a new life in golf at Kingsfield Golf Centre since having his leg amputated.