Alison Nicholas

Alison Nicholas, MBE (born 6 March 1962) is an English professional golfer.

Alison Nicholas
2009 Solheim Cup - Alison Nicholas (1).jpg
Nicholas at the official announcement of the 2009 Solheim Cup team
Personal information
Full nameAlison Nicholas
Born (1962-03-06) 6 March 1962 (age 59)
Gibraltar
Height1.52 m (5 ft 0 in)
Sporting nationality England
Career
Turned professional1984
Former tour(s)Ladies European Tour (joined 1984)
LPGA Tour (joined 1989)
Professional wins18
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour4
Ladies European Tour12 (10th all-time)
Other2
Best results in LPGA major championships
(wins: 2)
ANA InspirationT16: 1995
Women's PGA C'shipT23: 2000
U.S. Women's OpenWon: 1997
du Maurier ClassicCUT: 1997
Women's British OpenWon: 1987
Achievements and awards
Ladies European Tour
Order of Merit
1997
Ladies European Tour
Player of the Year
1997

Amateur careerEdit

Nicholas was born in Gibraltar. She was educated at the School of St Mary and St Anne (now Abbots Bromley School for Girls). She enjoyed a very successful amateur career in England. She started playing golf at the age of 17 and won the 1982 and 1983 Northern Girls Amateur Open. Nicholas was the 1983 British Amateur Stroke Play champion. In 1983, Nicholas won the Yorkshire Ladies County Championship.

Professional careerEdit

Nicholas turned professional in 1984 and joined the Ladies European Tour in the same year. She joined the LPGA Tour in 1989.

Nicholas won the Women's British Open in 1987, when it was recognised as a major championship by the Ladies European Tour only, and the 1997 U.S. Women's Open.

At her retirement at the end of the 2004 season, Nicholas had won 12 events on the Ladies European Tour. She topped the European Tour Order of Merit in 1997 and finished in the top-10 15 times in 16 seasons between 1985 and 2000. She also won four times on the LPGA Tour, between 1995 and 1999, including winning the U.S. Women's Open in 1997. In 1992, she won both the Western Australian Open and the Malaysian Open.

She won the 1991 Vivien Saunders Trophy for lowest stroke average (71.71). In 1997, she became the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year, was awarded The Association of Golf Writers Trophy and was voted LET Players' Player of the Year, 1997 Evening Mail Sports Personality of the Year and 1997 Midlands Sports Personality of the Year.

In 1998, she was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for "services to women's golf", and in 2002 became a Life Member of the Ladies European Tour.

Nicholas was a member of the European Solheim Cup team in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2000 forming a formidable partnership with Laura Davies. She was Vice Captain in 2003. In 2007, Nicholas was the captain for the 2009 and 2011 European Solheim Cup teams.[1]

Professional wins (18)Edit

LPGA Tour wins (4)Edit

Legend
LPGA Tour major championships (1)
Other LPGA Tour (3)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 28 May 1995 LPGA Corning Classic −13 (70-67-66-72=275) 3 strokes   Barb Mucha[2]
2 10 Sep 1995 Ping-AT&T Wireless Services LPGA Golf Championship −9 (66-73-68=207) 3 strokes   Kelly Robbins[3]
3 13 Jul 1997 U.S. Women's Open −10 (70-66-67-71=274) 1 stroke   Nancy Lopez
4 20 Feb 1999 Sunrise Hawaiian Ladies Open −7 (70-66-73=209) 1 stroke   Annette DeLuca
  Moira Dunn

LPGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1993 LPGA Corning Classic   Kelly Robbins Lost to par on first extra hole

Ladies European Tour wins (12)Edit

Other wins (2)Edit

  • 1992 Western Australian Open, Malaysian Open

Major championshipsEdit

Wins (1)Edit

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner-up
1997 U.S. Women's Open −10 (70-66-67-71=274) 1 stroke   Nancy Lopez

Team appearancesEdit

Professional

Solheim Cup recordEdit

Year Total
matches
Total
W–L–H
Singles
W–L–H
Foursomes
W–L–H
Fourballs
W–L–H
Points
won
Points
%
Career 18 7–8–3 1–3–2 4–3–0 2–2–1 8.5 47.22%
1990 3 1–2–0 0–1–0 lost to N. Lopez 6&4 1–0–0 won w/L. Davies 2&1 0–1–0 lost w/L. Davies 4&3 1 33.3%
1992 3 2–1–0 0–1–0 lost to J. Inkster 3&2 1–0–0 won w/L. Davies 1up 1–0–0 won w/L. Davies 1up 2 66.7%
1994 3 2–1–0 1–0–0 def P. Sheehan 3&2 1–0–0 won w/L.Davies 2&1 0–1–0 lost w/L.Davies 2&1 2 66.7%
1996 3 0–1–2 0–0–1 halved w/ K. Robbins 0–1–0 lost w/L. Davies 1dn 0–0–1 halved w/H. Alfredsson 1 33.3%
1998 2 0–2–0 0–1–0 lost to T. Green 1dn 0–1–0 lost w/H. Alfredsson 3&1 0 0%
2000 4 2–1–1 0–0–1 halved w/S. Steinhauer 1–1–0 won w/L. Davies 4&3, lost w/L.Davies 6&5 1–0–0 won w/H. Alfredsson 3&2 2.5 62.5%

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Bethan Cutler (5 November 2007). "Nicholas Solheim Cup Captain for Europe". LET (Ladies European Tour). Archived from the original on 25 May 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2008.
  2. ^ Golf Observer, 1995 Corning Classic Golfstats Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  3. ^ Golf Observer, 1995 Ping Championship Golfstats Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 25 September 2011.

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