On Friday, eventual RICOH Women's British Open champion Catriona Matthew (74-67-71-73=285, -3) became the 17th person in LPGA Tour history to card back-to-back eagles. The 39-year-old eagled the par-5 11th hole and then aced the 154-yard par-3 12th hole with an 8-iron for her third career LPGA hole-in-one. In doing so, Matthew became just the fourth person in LPGA Tour history to record back-to-back eagles with a hole-in-one included.
Both aces triggered pledges of 1000 trees to be planted as part of the Ricoh GIFT (Green Initiatives For Tomorrow) program. Last week, one tree was planted for every birdie, five for every eagle and 1000 for every hole-in-one or albatross for a total of 3,012 trees.