Golf ambassadors

At Aberdeen Standard Investments we are firm believers in supporting golf at all levels from the professionals all the way through to the amateur and grassroots level.

We are proud to sponsor a number of talented sportsmen and women:

Paul Lawrie

Paul Lawrie

Former Open Champion Paul Lawrie was Aberdeen Standard Investments’ first brand ambassador following his victory at Carnoustie in 1999. Not only has he enjoyed great success on the European Tour, winning 8 titles and representing Europe in two Ryder Cup teams, but he also manages the Paul Lawrie Foundation, a charity which aims to support and sustain an interest and enthusiasm for the game of golf amongst under 18s.

His commitment to the local Aberdeen Standard Investments community is an important part of our ongoing support and he continues to be a valued ambassador for the Aberdeen Standard Investments brand all over the world.

Catriona Matthew

Catriona Matthew

Catriona Matthew began playing golf at an early age in North Berwick and, having turned professional in 1995 is Scotland's most successful female tour professional. She plays much of her career in the US but also finds the time to participate in events on the Ladies European Tour and has to date claimed 6 Ladies European Tour victories (including two Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open wins in 2011 and 2013). Catriona’s Major victory came at the Women’s British Open in 2009 and she was also a part of the winning 2013 Solheim Cup team, the first European team to win in the United States. She has been part of 8 Solheim Cup teams in her career.

In 2016 Catriona was inducted into Scottish golf’s hall of fame when she received a lifetime achievement award at the Scottish Golf Awards. Catriona represented Team GB at golf's return to the Olympic Games in Brazil 2016 and having made her ninth Solheim Cup appearance in 2017 she will captain the European team in 2019 at Gleneagles.

Marc Warren

Marc Warren

Marc became an Aberdeen Standard Investments brand ambassador in 2015 and had a number of top ten finishes in the same season. His three professional wins on the European Tour came in 2006, 2007 and 2014 and he's also collected a number of significant runners up places over the years. Marc had a fantastic 4th place finish at the 2015 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open and followed it up with a top 40 place at The Open Championship the following week. Marc had a top ten finish at the 2016 Aberdeen Standard Investments Paul Lawrie Match Play.

Kylie Walker

Kylie Henry

After turning professional in 2010, Kylie Henry worked her way up the ranks and found victory at the Deloitte Ladies Open and subsequently the Ladies German Open in 2014. At both events, Kylie held her nerve to win a play-off and in Germany broke the 54-hole record for the course. Kylie qualified for the US Open for the first time in 2015 and has been one of Scotland’s top performing women on the Ladies European Tour.

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Pamela Pretswell

Pamela Pretswell, from Hamilton in Scotland won the 2010 Ladies’ British Open amateur stroke-play Championship in an exciting finish at Tenby Golf Club, South Wales. She went on to achieve her Ladies European Tour card in 2012 and ranked 60th in her rookie season. In 2015 Pamela finished 6th in the World Ladies Championship in China and had a successful season finishing second to Catriona Matthew of all the Scottish female Professionals on the Order of Merit.

In 2016 Pamela secured her US Women’s Open debut in California after claiming the last of five spots up for grabs in a European qualifier at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club.

David Law

David Law

David Law turned pro in 2011 and is another Aberdeen Standard Investments ambassador who is mentored by Paul Lawrie and is attached to his golf centre on the outskirts of the Granite City. David had a successful 2015 season with a handful of top ten finishes on The European Challenge Tour although sadly just missed out on claiming a European Tour card at the end of season Q-School by just two shots. Early in the 2016 season David outclassed the field to win the MENA Tour's inaugural Sotogrande Masters by six strokes. David’s most recent victory came at the 2018 SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge on the Challenge Tour in 2018. A victory which helped him secure a full European Tour card for 2019.

Beth Allen

Beth Allen

A native of San Diego and graduate of California State University at Northridge, Beth Allen has three Ladies European Tour wins under her belt, in addition to a large number of top-10 finishes around the world and is the 2016 Ladies European Tour Order of Merit Champion.

Having turned pro in 2005, Beth played on the LPGA Tour until 2008 before moving to Europe to play on the Ladies European Tour the following year. In 2015, Beth ended her wait for a maiden Tour title as she clinched a dramatic one-shot victory at the Ladies European Masters with former European Solheim Cup star Sophie Gustafson on her bag.

In a fairy-tale 2016 season, Beth claimed further victories at the Ladies Open de France and Mubarak Ladies Open in Abu Dhabi. Beth topped it all off by regaining her LPGA Tour card for 2017 via the LPGA final qualifying tournament.

Beth, who lives in Edinburgh, considers Scotland her second home and is one of the latest Aberdeen Standard Investments ambassadors.

Kelsey MacDonald

Kelsey MacDonald

Kelsey grew up playing golf in the north of Scotland in her hometown of Nairn and by the time she was aged 17 had achieved a handicap of plus 3. After a successful amateur career Kelsey turned professional in 2013 and in 2014 she qualified for the Women's US Open at Pinehurst, North Carolina – a highlight of her career. 2015 proved to be an injury plagued season but Kelsey still had a strong finish to the year in Dubai. With some impressive performances in 2016 including a top ten in the Czech Republic and a top 20 at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open the future looks bright for this promising youngster.

Connor Syme

Connor Syme

After a stellar amateur career including victory at the 2016 Australian Amateur Championship, Connor Syme joined the paid ranks in 2017 after representing Great Britain & Ireland in the Walker Cup. Connor caught the eye during his first professional start at the Portugal Masters on the European Tour when he finished tied 12th after carding four successive under-par rounds. The season got even better when Connor earned a debut season on the European Tour after finishing inside the top 25 at Qualifying School Final Stage.

Grant Forrest

Grant Forrest

Grant Forrest is a prime example of the success of our involvement with Scottish Golf’s Am-Pro Pathway initiative. Grant enjoyed a stellar amateur career, which sparked when winning the Scottish Boys' Under-16 Championship in 2009 before backing that up a year later by claiming the Scottish Boys Championship. In 2015, Grant secured his place on the Great Britain & Ireland team that defeated the United States 16.5-9.5 at Royal Lytham. Forrest was also in the Scotland side that won the European Team Championship in Sweden that year and helped them retain the title in France in July 2016. His swansong in the amateur game was also wearing Scotland colours as part of the three-man team that competed in the Eisenhower Trophy in Mexico in September before turning pro later that month. Grant graduated to the full European Tour for the 2019 season in only his second full season as a professional.

Michele Thomson

Michele Thomson

Michele Thomson had a fine amateur career representing her county and country at both junior and ladies level before being selected to represent GB+I in the Curtis Cup in 2008 against the USA at St Andrews. In the same year she became the Scottish Ladies Amateur Champion and secured a conditional card for the Ladies European Tour where her best finish was T14 in the Deloitte Ladies Open in Holland.

Michele turned pro in 2009 but shortly decided to take a break from the game to pursue a career in the police force. She came back as a full time pro in 2013 and played local events and some on the LET Access Series. By 2015, she had a win in Spain and was eighth on LET Access Series Money List. A year later, in 2016, she secured her full card for the LET in 2017, finishing fourth on the LET Access Series. 2017 was Michele’s best year yet, finishing as the top Scot in 16th on the LET’s Order of Merit which included a second place finish at the Hero Women’s Indian Open. In 2018, Michele won both a silver and bronze medal at the European Championships in Scotland.

Gemma Dryburgh

Gemma Dryburgh

Gemma was introduced to the game of golf by her dad when she was just 4 years old. At 15 she moved to Florida to attend the IMG Academy where she spent two and a half years improving her game. This included playing in the elite American Junior Golf Association events. During her time at Tulane University, Gemma played for GB & I in the 2014 Curtis Cup in St Louis – an experience which she regards as the highlight of her amateur career.

In 2016 Gemma finished T10th in her first Ladies European Tour event in New Zealand and it was the following year that Gemma secured her LPGA card after qualifying through the US Circuit’s Qualifying School at Daytona Beach in Florida. 2018 saw Gemma win her first professional event on the ALPG tour in Sydney, as well as playing her first LPGA events at the Australian Open and the co-sanctioned Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open.

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Sam Locke

Another product of the Paul Lawrie Golf Foundation, Sam Locke rose to prominence by winning the Silver Medal, as the leading amateur at the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links. The performance accelerated his decision to turn professional soon after and the young Scot from Stonehaven will be aiming high in the years to come.

Liam Johnston

Liam Johnston

Liam Johnston graduated to the European Tour after his maiden season on the Challenge Tour in 2018, during which he won in Spain and Kazakhstan. Johnston also won a Silver Medal at the 2018 European Golf Team Championships in the mixed team format alongside fellow ambassadors Connor Syme and Michele Thomson.

Prior to turning professional in 2017 Johnston worked as a hotel waiter in his hometown of Dumfries, Scotland to help fund his dream of becoming a professional golfer.

  • Paul Lawrie

    Former Open Champion Paul Lawrie was Aberdeen Standard Investments’ first brand ambassador following his victory at Carnoustie in 1999. Not only has he enjoyed great success on the European Tour, winning 8 titles and representing Europe in two Ryder Cup teams, but he also manages the Paul Lawrie Foundation, a charity which aims to support and sustain an interest and enthusiasm for the game of golf amongst under 18s.

    His commitment to the local Aberdeen Standard Investments community is an important part of our ongoing support and he continues to be a valued ambassador for the Aberdeen Standard Investments brand all over the world.

  • Catriona Matthew

    Catriona Matthew began playing golf at an early age in North Berwick and, having turned professional in 1995 is Scotland's most successful female tour professional. She plays much of her career in the US but also finds the time to participate in events on the Ladies European Tour and has to date claimed 6 Ladies European Tour victories (including two Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open wins in 2011 and 2013). Catriona’s Major victory came at the Women’s British Open in 2009 and she was also a part of the winning 2013 Solheim Cup team, the first European team to win in the United States. She has been part of 8 Solheim Cup teams in her career.

    In 2016 Catriona was inducted into Scottish golf’s hall of fame when she received a lifetime achievement award at the Scottish Golf Awards. Catriona represented Team GB at golf's return to the Olympic Games in Brazil 2016 and having made her ninth Solheim Cup appearance in 2017 she will captain the European team in 2019 at Gleneagles.

  • Marc Warren

    Marc became an Aberdeen Standard Investments brand ambassador in 2015 and had a number of top ten finishes in the same season. His three professional wins on the European Tour came in 2006, 2007 and 2014 and he's also collected a number of significant runners up places over the years. Marc had a fantastic 4th place finish at the 2015 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open and followed it up with a top 40 place at The Open Championship the following week. Marc had a top ten finish at the 2016 Aberdeen Standard Investments Paul Lawrie Match Play.

  • Kylie Henry

    After turning professional in 2010, Kylie Henry worked her way up the ranks and found victory at the Deloitte Ladies Open and subsequently the Ladies German Open in 2014. At both events, Kylie held her nerve to win a play-off and in Germany broke the 54-hole record for the course. Kylie qualified for the US Open for the first time in 2015 and has been one of Scotland’s top performing women on the Ladies European Tour.

  • Pamela Pretswell

    Pamela Pretswell, from Hamilton in Scotland won the 2010 Ladies’ British Open amateur stroke-play Championship in an exciting finish at Tenby Golf Club, South Wales. She went on to achieve her Ladies European Tour card in 2012 and ranked 60th in her rookie season. In 2015 Pamela finished 6th in the World Ladies Championship in China and had a successful season finishing second to Catriona Matthew of all the Scottish female Professionals on the Order of Merit.

    In 2016 Pamela secured her US Women’s Open debut in California after claiming the last of five spots up for grabs in a European qualifier at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club.

  • David Law

    David Law turned pro in 2011 and is another Aberdeen Standard Investments ambassador who is mentored by Paul Lawrie and is attached to his golf centre on the outskirts of the Granite City. David had a successful 2015 season with a handful of top ten finishes on The European Challenge Tour although sadly just missed out on claiming a European Tour card at the end of season Q-School by just two shots. Early in the 2016 season David outclassed the field to win the MENA Tour's inaugural Sotogrande Masters by six strokes. David’s most recent victory came at the 2018 SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge on the Challenge Tour in 2018. A victory which helped him secure a full European Tour card for 2019.

  • Beth Allen

    A native of San Diego and graduate of California State University at Northridge, Beth Allen has three Ladies European Tour wins under her belt, in addition to a large number of top-10 finishes around the world and is the 2016 Ladies European Tour Order of Merit Champion.

    Having turned pro in 2005, Beth played on the LPGA Tour until 2008 before moving to Europe to play on the Ladies European Tour the following year. In 2015, Beth ended her wait for a maiden Tour title as she clinched a dramatic one-shot victory at the Ladies European Masters with former European Solheim Cup star Sophie Gustafson on her bag.

    In a fairy-tale 2016 season, Beth claimed further victories at the Ladies Open de France and Mubarak Ladies Open in Abu Dhabi. Beth topped it all off by regaining her LPGA Tour card for 2017 via the LPGA final qualifying tournament.

    Beth, who lives in Edinburgh, considers Scotland her second home and is one of the latest Aberdeen Standard Investments ambassadors.

  • Kelsey MacDonald

    Kelsey grew up playing golf in the north of Scotland in her hometown of Nairn and by the time she was aged 17 had achieved a handicap of plus 3. After a successful amateur career Kelsey turned professional in 2013 and in 2014 she qualified for the Women's US Open at Pinehurst, North Carolina – a highlight of her career. 2015 proved to be an injury plagued season but Kelsey still had a strong finish to the year in Dubai. With some impressive performances in 2016 including a top ten in the Czech Republic and a top 20 at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open the future looks bright for this promising youngster.

  • Connor Syme

    After a stellar amateur career including victory at the 2016 Australian Amateur Championship, Connor Syme joined the paid ranks in 2017 after representing Great Britain & Ireland in the Walker Cup. Connor caught the eye during his first professional start at the Portugal Masters on the European Tour when he finished tied 12th after carding four successive under-par rounds. The season got even better when Connor earned a debut season on the European Tour after finishing inside the top 25 at Qualifying School Final Stage.

  • Grant Forrest

    Grant Forrest is a prime example of the success of our involvement with Scottish Golf’s Am-Pro Pathway initiative. Grant enjoyed a stellar amateur career, which sparked when winning the Scottish Boys' Under-16 Championship in 2009 before backing that up a year later by claiming the Scottish Boys Championship. In 2015, Grant secured his place on the Great Britain & Ireland team that defeated the United States 16.5-9.5 at Royal Lytham. Forrest was also in the Scotland side that won the European Team Championship in Sweden that year and helped them retain the title in France in July 2016. His swansong in the amateur game was also wearing Scotland colours as part of the three-man team that competed in the Eisenhower Trophy in Mexico in September before turning pro later that month. Grant graduated to the full European Tour for the 2019 season in only his second full season as a professional.

  • Michele Thomson

    Michele Thomson had a fine amateur career representing her county and country at both junior and ladies level before being selected to represent GB+I in the Curtis Cup in 2008 against the USA at St Andrews. In the same year she became the Scottish Ladies Amateur Champion and secured a conditional card for the Ladies European Tour where her best finish was T14 in the Deloitte Ladies Open in Holland.

    Michele turned pro in 2009 but shortly decided to take a break from the game to pursue a career in the police force. She came back as a full time pro in 2013 and played local events and some on the LET Access Series. By 2015, she had a win in Spain and was eighth on LET Access Series Money List. A year later, in 2016, she secured her full card for the LET in 2017, finishing fourth on the LET Access Series. 2017 was Michele’s best year yet, finishing as the top Scot in 16th on the LET’s Order of Merit which included a second place finish at the Hero Women’s Indian Open. In 2018, Michele won both a silver and bronze medal at the European Championships in Scotland.

  • Gemma Dryburgh

    Gemma was introduced to the game of golf by her dad when she was just 4 years old. At 15 she moved to Florida to attend the IMG Academy where she spent two and a half years improving her game. This included playing in the elite American Junior Golf Association events. During her time at Tulane University, Gemma played for GB & I in the 2014 Curtis Cup in St Louis – an experience which she regards as the highlight of her amateur career.

    In 2016 Gemma finished T10th in her first Ladies European Tour event in New Zealand and it was the following year that Gemma secured her LPGA card after qualifying through the US Circuit’s Qualifying School at Daytona Beach in Florida. 2018 saw Gemma win her first professional event on the ALPG tour in Sydney, as well as playing her first LPGA events at the Australian Open and the co-sanctioned Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open.

  • Sam Locke

    Another product of the Paul Lawrie Golf Foundation, Sam Locke rose to prominence by winning the Silver Medal, as the leading amateur at the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links. The performance accelerated his decision to turn professional soon after and the young Scot from Stonehaven will be aiming high in the years to come.

  • Liam Johnston

    Liam Johnston graduated to the European Tour after his maiden season on the Challenge Tour in 2018, during which he won in Spain and Kazakhstan. Johnston also won a Silver Medal at the 2018 European Golf Team Championships in the mixed team format alongside fellow ambassadors Connor Syme and Michele Thomson.

    Prior to turning professional in 2017 Johnston worked as a hotel waiter in his hometown of Dumfries, Scotland to help fund his dream of becoming a professional golfer.