GOLF hero Catriona Matthew has been showered with praise after she captained Europe to Solheim Cup glory in America on Monday.

Catriona, of North Berwick, has become the first European captain to record back-to-back wins in the event.

John McMillan, Provost of East Lothian, said: “To captain the European team to back-to-back Solheim Cup triumphs, only the second occasion that the European team have won in the USA, is a tremendous – and historic – achievement for Catriona.

East Lothian is hugely proud of everything Catriona has achieved throughout her career. This latest success is a direct reflection of her hard work, talent and leadership qualities.

“It was so telling to listen to her team members and commentators reflect on the incredible role she has played. In 2009, Catriona was granted the Freedom of East Lothian, the highest honour the council can bestow. This highlights exactly why she holds that honour.”

Paul McLennan, East Lothian MSP, praised a “fantastic achievement”, adding: “Catriona’s experience was clear in guiding the team to victory.”

Kenny MacAskill, East Lothian MP, added: “Catriona Matthew is an inspiration to us all. It’s a remarkable achievement that reflects great credit on her, her family and the community in North Berwick and beyond.”

Martin Whitfield, South Scotland MSP, said: “Catriona Matthew deserves great credit. She is a real Scottish golfing legend and her achievements have also added to East Lothian’s impressive status in the world of golf.”

Craig Hoy, fellow South Scotland MSP, added: “To win on US soil was a huge achievement for the whole team and, as the leader, particularly for Catriona. I have submitted a motion to the Scottish Parliament congratulating Catriona and the team.”

Elaine McBride, general manager of North Berwick Golf Club, where Catriona is an honorary life member, said: “Everyone at the club was behind Catriona and we are delighted she will be returning with the Solheim Cup.”