I don’t know about you, but I spent most of my Friday lying around and watching football on TV. My big achievement was making sure I got some leftovers before they were gone.
Catriona Matthew’s day was a bit more productive. She was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Abertay in Dundee, Scotland. The LPGA Tour star received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts as part of Abertay's winter graduation ceremony, in which almost 250 students also received their degrees.
Matthew, one of Scotland's most accomplished female golfers, was born in Edinburgh and graduated from Scotland's University of Stirling with an accounting degree back in 1992. She won the Women’s British Amateur title in 1993, and has gone on to earn 10 professional victories around the globe. She has played in six editions of the Solheim Cup – she sank the winning putt for Europe in 2003 – and is currently 15th in the Rolex Women's World Rankings.
Matthew was chosen by her fellow LPGA Tour players to receive the 2009 Heather Farr Player Award, which honors an LPGA player who has demonstrated determination, perseverance and spirit in fulfilling her goals as a player. She also was named a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in Queen Elizabeth's New Year’s Honours List and was named the 2009 LET Player of the Year.
Not to make light of her degree, but I got a chuckle out of the official announcement on the Abertay website that calls her a “top lady golfer.”