Open champions Paul Lawrie and Catriona Matthew mentor the next generation of golfers in Scotland

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The last two Scottish Open champions, PAUL Lawrie and Catriona Matthew, will help produce this country’s next generation of golf champions.

Lawrie, who won the Carnoustie 1999 Open, and Matthew, who won the Royal Lytham and St. Annes 2009 Women’s British Open, have agreed to tutor emerging talents.

The pair will also contribute, along with other external partners, to a wide-ranging analysis of the success programs and player processes of Scottish Golf during the winter.

The analysis is intended to make sure that the resources of the association are utilized in the most productive way.

“Over the years, I have been very proud of the work my foundation has done in Scotland in helping players like David Law to succeed and win on Tour,” said Lawrie.

I am now looking forward to working with Scottish Golf to nurture and improve some of the country’s best young players.

“We will help our talented young golfers achieve their goals by working together and using all the golf expertise we have in this country.

“However, it’s equally important to think long-term and ensure our best golfers continue to get the support they need as the sport itself changes and evolves.”

I can’t wait to get started in this place,” Matthew said, “and I’m incredibly excited about the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Over the years, sport has given me so much and I hope that by sharing my experience and mentoring the next generation, I will give back something.

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

“Karin Sharp, Chief Operating Officer of Scottish Golf, said, “It is very exciting to have Catriona and Paul on board and we are looking forward to working with them over the coming weeks and months in various capacities.

“I can’t think of anyone better suited than two of Scotland’s most accomplished golfers to help us improve our performance programs. I have no doubt that the knowledge and experience that Catriona and Paul will offer will be of immense value.

“Going forward, it’s important that we provide the right support to the right players at the right time, and I’m sure this new partnership will help us do just that.”

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