Catriona Matthew OBE

Edinburgh-born golfer Catriona Matthew OBE joined the University of Stirling’s international sports scholarship programme in 1987 – becoming the first female to do so – and turned professional in 1995, having graduated in accountancy in 1992.

Catriona Matthew OBE

Catriona Matthew OBE (Gregory Shamus / Solheim Cup 2021 / Getty Images)

She has gone on to enjoy a hugely successful career, with her honours including wins at the 1993 British Ladies Amateur Championship; the 1996 Australian Open; the 1998 WPGA Championship; the 2009 British Open; and the 2011 and 2013 Scottish Opens.

Supported by her husband Graeme who caddied for her for 20 years, Catriona has won 11 professional competitions, spanning both the US-based LGPA Tour and the European Tour, and was crowned Ladies European Tour Player of the Year in 2009. In 2013, she achieved her best position in the Women’s World Golf Rankings, finishing eighth.

Catriona made her debut in the Solheim Cup in 1998 – and went on to represent Team Europe on nine occasions over a 19-year period, amassing the third highest points total for a player in the event’s history. She became Team Europe captain in 2019 and became the first to win successive Solheim Cups, at Gleneagles in 2019 and the Inverness Club in Ohio in 2021 – an achievement that she describes as the highlight of her career. Catriona represented Great Britain at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and at the European Championships, and Scotland at three World Cups.

As one of the biggest names in the Scottish game, Catriona continues to support the development of her sport, working closely with Scottish Golf in a mentorship role.

Last year, Catriona was bestowed the Confederation of Professional Golf’s Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of her outstanding career as a player and captain. She has twice been recognised in the New Year Honours, with an MBE in 2010 and an OBE in 2020 for services to golf.

Catriona will be recognised by the University for her outstanding contribution to women’s golf.