Catriona eyes up second major

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CARNOUSTIE Country ambassador Catriona Matthew has her sights firmly fixed on the 2012 Ricoh Women’s British Open, which tees off on Thursday (September 13).

The former champion goes into the tournament on a high following her recent outstanding win at the Ladies’ Irish Open.

Catriona said: “I was delighted to claim victory in the Ladies Irish Open last month.

“This was my second win since being appointed Carnoustie Country ambassador for a second year and bodes well for my chances at this year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open.

“After Britain’s successes at the Olympics, it’s good to be leading the home challenge at a major.

“I won the Women’s British Open three years ago and having now won nine professional golf tournaments, I’m hoping to clinch number 10 at Royal Liverpool.”

Carnoustie Country encompasses 30 golf courses within a 40-minute drive of the Carnoustie Championship course and Catriona was named ambassador for the golfing brand in April 2011.

She added: “I’m honoured to be continuing my role as Carnoustie Country ambassador.

“I’ve enjoyed some fabulous rounds of golf on many Carnoustie Country courses, including, of course, the Carnoustie Championship course.”

Councillor Mairi Evans, Angus Council golf spokesperson, revealed that Catriona’s endorsement of Carnoustie Country and its golf courses had further increased awareness of the brand across the globe.

She explained: “We couldn’t have asked for a better ambassador for the brand or the county.

“In addition, as one of the world’s top women golfers, Catriona regularly appears on television with her Carnoustie Country logo on display.

“In fact, during the 2011 Ricoh Women’s British Open, the Carnoustie Country logo on Catriona’s shirt received 2,040 seconds of coverage around the world, which has been estimated as being the equivalent of £24,500 of advertising.”