Catherine Lacoste is a French amateur golfer who was born on June 27, 1945 in Paris, France and is currently residing at Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France with her second husband Angel Pinero who is a classical guitar player. She first married Jaime Prado y Colón de Carvajal, and shares their home in Spain with their four children. Her father Rene Lacoste, was a French tennis player and was the one who founded the major fashion company Lacoste. Her mother Simone de la Chaume was a golfer who won the British Ladies Amateur Golf Championships in 1927.
When she was 22 years old, she won her only major title at the U.S. Women’s Open held at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia. She was the only Frenchwomen to win the title since it started in 1946. She was also the second non-American golfer to win after Fay Crocker of Uruguay. The second Frenchwoman to win an LGPA title was at the 2003 Kraft Nabisco Championship where Patricia Meunier-Lebouc won.
By 1969, she won two golf titles, one at the United States Women’s Amateur Golf Championship held at the Las Colinas Country Club where she defeated Shelley Hamlin. The next one was at the British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship at the Royal Portrush Golf Club, defeating Ann Irvin.
Catherine was a member of the World Amateur Golf Team Championships from 1964 to 1978. She was also able to serve as a president at the Chantaco Golf Club in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, a golf club founded by her grandfather René Thion de la Chaume.