Born:March 6, 1962 in Gibraltar.
Original/Home Club:Hallamshire GC, Sheffield, S Yorks.
Occupation:Professional golfer, golf instructor and golf day organiser.
Played as the Sunrise Hawaiian Ladies Open (Feb 18-20). Second-placed Moira Dunn (USA) and Annette DeLuca (USA) finished 1 shot behind Nicholas (Eng), who recorded the last of her four LPGA Tour wins. [Kapolei GC, Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii].
The US Women's Open (52nd) (July 10-13). Second-placed Nancy Lopez (USA) finished 1 shot behind Nicholas (Eng), who claimed her only LPGA-recognised major championship win. This was the fourth runner-up finish for Lopez in her national Open, a championship she was never destined to win. [Witch Hollow course, Pumpkin Ridge GC, nr Portland, OR].
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Nicholas (Eng) won the WPG European Tour 1997 Order of Merit, with earnings of £94,589 on the Tour. Helen Alfredsson (Swe) was second with £92,927; Marie-Laure de Lorenzi (Fra) was third with £89,523.
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Nicholas (Eng) won the Women Professional Golfers' European Tr Players' Player of the Year Award, based on the votes of her peers.
Played as the Guardian Irish Open (July 25-28). Second-placed Trish Johnson (Eng) finished 8 shots behind Nicholas (Eng). [Citywest Resort GC, Saggart, nr Dublin, Ireland].
Played as the PING-AT&T Wireless Services LPGA Golf Championship (Sept 8-10). Second-placed Kelly Robbins (USA) finished 1 shot behind Alison Nicholas (Eng), who recorded her second LPGA Tour win. [Columbia Edgewater CC, Portland, Oregon].
Played as the LPGA Corning Classic (May 25-28). Second-placed Barb Mucha (USA) and Danielle Ammaccapane (USA) finished 3 shots behind first-time LPGA Tour winner Nicholas (Eng). [Corning CC, Corning, nr Elmira, New York].
Played as the Payne & Gunter Scottish Women's Open (Aug 3-6; next played in 2007). Second-placed Patricia Meunier (Fra) finished 1 shot behind Nicholas (Eng). [East course, Dalmahoy Hotel & CC, Midlothian].
Played as the AGF Open de Paris (May 7-10). Second-placed Alicia Dibos (Peru) finished 1 shot behind Nicholas (Eng). [Vallée course, Racing Club de France (RCF), La Boulie GC, Versailles, nr Paris].
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Nicholas (Eng) won the Vivien Saunders Trophy, recording the season's lowest stroke average on the Women Professional Golfers' European Tour.
Played as the Variety Club Celebrity Classic (Aug 30-Sept 2). Second-placed Sofia Gronberg (Swe) finished 1 shot behind Nicholas (Eng). [Calcot Park GC, Reading, Berks, England].
Played as the Lufthansa Ladies German Open. Second-placed Patricia Gonzales (Colombia) finished 5 shots behind Nicholas (Eng). [GC Wörthsee, nr Munich, Germany].
Played as the Gisvaled Ladies Open (Aug 24-27). Second-placed Liselotte Neumann (Swe) finished 2 shots behind Nicholas (Eng). [GC Wörthsee, nr Munich, Germany].
Played as the Qualitair Classic. Second-placed Sofia Gronberg (Swe) and Peggy Conley (USA) finished 2 shots behind Nicholas (Eng). [La Manga Club, nr Cartagena, Murcia, Spain].
Played as the James Capel Guernsey Open. Second-placed Alison Sheard (RSA) finished 2 shots behind Nicholas (Eng). [Royal Guernsey GC, L'Ancresse, Guernsey, Channel Islands].
Played as the Variety Club Celebrity Classic. Second-placed Dale Reid (Scot) finished 4 shots behind Nicholas (Eng). [Calcot Park GC, Reading, Berks, England].
Played as the British Olivetti Tournament. Second-placed and defending champion Jane Connachan (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Nicholas (Eng). [Moor Hall GC, Sutton Coldfield, nr Birmingham, England].
Played as the Laing Ladies Classic. Second-placed Corinne Dibnah (Aus) finished 2 shots behind Nicholas (Eng). [Stoke Park CC, Stoke Poges, Bucks; at the time known as Stoke Poges GC].
Played as the Weetabix Women's British Open. Second-placed Muffin Spencer-Devlin (USA) and defending champion Laura Davies (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Nicholas (Eng). [Kernouw course, St Mellion Intl Resort, St Mellion, Cornwall; at the time called the Old course].
European Tour: 2021 marks the 50th and last season of the world renowned European Tour, launched in April 1972 at the Spanish Open. From 2022 the Tour will be sponsored by Dubai-based global supply chain and ports operator DP World, and will be known as the DP World Tour.
South African Open: December 2021 events in South Africa have again been impacted by the Covid pandemic. The South African Open (Dec 2-5) will no longer be played as a DP World Tour event, and the Alfred Dunhill Championship (Dec 9-12) has been cancelled.
Bernhard Langer: at age 64, Langer collected a record sixth Charles Schwab Cup, the only player to have won the season-long points chase more than twice. He also topped the PGA Tour Champions money-list for the 11th time out of a possible 13 since 2008.
Carlota Ciganda: the five-time Solheim Cup star was delighted to record a fourth Ladies European Tour win in her home national championship, the Ladies Spanish Open.
Lee Elder: Trailblazer, Ryder Cup player, four-time PGA Tour winner and eight-time Senior PGA Tour winner, Lee Elder died on November 28, aged 87. In 1975 he became the first African American golfer to play in the Masters tournament, and in so doing provided one of the pivotal moments in the history of professional golf.
Golf World Top 100: Best Golf Courses in Europe. From France to Spain to the Netherlands and Norway, the Golf World Top 100 panel reveals the places you have to play (published 20 October 2021).
New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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