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].
PGA Championship: the year’s second men’s major championship is hosted by Southern Hills CC, Tulsa, Oklahoma, amidst doubt as to whether reigning champion Phil Mickelson will defend his title (May 19-22).
Soudal Open: Belgium’s return to European Tour golf sees 36-hole Rinkven International GC host the Soudal Open, the country’s national open championship (May 12-15).
Scottie Scheffler: bags the 2022 Masters Tournament title, and with it a fourth win in six starts on the PGA Tour and his first major championship victory.
Stephen Dodd: took the European Senior Tour’s 2021 Order of Merit honours following the abandonment due to rain of the season’s final event, the MCB Tour Championship – Mauritius (April 1-3, 2022).
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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