Name:Helen Christine Alfredsson
Born:April 9, 1965 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Original/Home Club:Gullbringa G&CC
MAJORS (1): Nabisco Dinah Shore (1993). Senior MAJORS (2): US Snr Women's Open (2019); Snr LPGA Championship (2019). Solheim Cup player (1990, '92, '94, '96, '98, 2000, '02, '09). Solheim Cup captain (2007). Multiple wins on the Ladies European Tour (11), LPGA Tour (7) and other international professional tours. Ladies European Tour Rookie of the Year (1989) and Order of Merit winner (1998). LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year (1992).
"Alfie" as she is known on tour, graduated from the U.S. International University, which is based in San Diego, California. After graduation, she initially tried a career as a model in Paris, although a few appearances on Sweden's Telia golf tour, convinced her to switch to golf.
She turned professional in 1989 and became the LET's Rookie of the Year that same year. Having turned pro, Tour success came quickly in Europe and the United States, with additional wins coming in Japan and Australia.
Alfredsson was a popular choice as captain of the European team for the 2007 Solheim Cup, which was played in Sweden. Home-advantage didn't work on this occasion however; the Americans came out 16-12 winners. Playing on the Legends Tour (women's senior golf tour) from 2015, Alfredsson won both women's senior major championships in 2019 (the US Snr Women's Open and Snr LPGA Championship). Alfredsson is married to the former National Hockey League player Kent Nilsson.
Played as the Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank (3rd) (Oct 14-17; major championship for senior women). Second-placed Juli Inkster (USA) finished 3 shots behind Alfredsson (Swe). "Alfie" recorded a clean sweep of the women's senior majors in 2019, having already won the US Senior Women's Open in May. [Pete Dye course, French Lick Resort, Indiana].
Played as the U.S. Senior Women's Open (2nd) (May 16-19). Second-placed Juli Inkster (USA) and Trish Johnson (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Alfredsson (Swe), who recorded her first senior major championship victory. [Pine Needles Lodge & GC, Southern Pines, NC].
Played as the inaugural (and only) Grand China Air LPGA (Oct 24-26; LPGA Tr event). Second-placed Yani Tseng (Taiw) finished 3 shots behind Helen Alfredsson (Swe), who recorded the last of her seven LPGA Tour wins. The first LPGA Tour event played in China. [West Coast GC, Haikou, Hainan island, China].
Played as the Evian Masters (July 24-27; LET/LPGA Trs event; recognised as a major ch'ship by the LET, but not by the LPGA Tour). Alfredsson (Swe) beat Na Yeon Choi (S Kor) at the third playoff hole to win her third Evian Masters title. Angela Park (Brazil) was eliminated at the first playoff hole. [Evian Masters GC, Evian-les-Bains, France].
Played as the Longs Drugs Challenge (Oct 2-5). Second-placed Pat Hurst (USA), Rachel Teske (Aus, née Hetherington), Se Ri Pak (S Kor), Grace Park (S Kor) and Jung Yeon Lee (S Kor) finished 1 shot behind Alfredsson (Swe). [Lincoln Hills CC, Lincoln, California].
Played as the WPGA Championship of Europe. Second-placed Suzann Pettersen (Nor) finished 4 shots behind Alfredsson (Swe), who recorded her tenth Ladies European Tour win. [Royal Porthcawl GC, Mid Glamorgan, South Wales].
Alfredsson (Swe) won the European LPGA Tour 1998 Order of Merit, with earnings of £125,975 on the Tour. Sophie Gustafson (Swe) was second with £103,443; Maria Hjorth (Swe) was third with £77,733.
Played as The Office Depot (Jan 22-25; formerly Diet Dr Pepper National Pro-Am). Second-placed Liselotte Neumann (Swe) finished 2 shots behind Alfredsson (Swe). [Legend course, Ibis G&CC, West Palm Beach, FL].
Played as the Evian Masters (June 3-6; Eurpn Ladies' PGA Tr season-opener; LET major ch'ship). Second-placed Maria Hjorth (Swe) finished 4 shots behind Alfredsson (Swe). [Evian Masters GC, Evian-les-Bains, France].
Played as the Welch's/Circle K Championship (March 12-15). Second-placed Dana Dormann (USA) and Liselotte Neumann (Swe) finished 1 shot behind Alfredsson (Swe). [North course, Randolph GC, Tucson, AZ].
Played as the McDonald's WPGA Championship of Europe (Aug 7-10). Second-placed Charlotta Sorenstam (Swe) and Kathryn Marshall (Scot) finished 4 shots behind Alfredsson (Swe). [King's course, Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire].
Played as the Hennessy Cup (July 4-7). Alfredsson (Swe) beat Trish Johnson (Eng) and Liselotte Neumann (Swe) in a playoff. [Golf & Land Club Köln, Refrath, nr Cologne].
Played as the PING/Welch's Championship. Second-placed Pat Bradley (USA) and Juli Inkster (USA) finished 4 shots behind Alfredsson (Swe). [Blue Hill CC, Canton, nr Boston, MA].
The inaugural Evian Masters (June 9-12; LET major ch'ship). Second-placed Sarah Gautrey (Aus) and Lora Fairclough (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Alfredsson (Swe). [Evian Masters GC, Evian-les-Bains, France; at the time known as Royal GC].
Played as the Nabisco Dinah Shore (22nd) (March 25-28). Second-placed Amy Benz (USA), Tina Barrett (USA) and Betsy King (USA) finished 2 shots behind Alfredsson (Swe), who recorded her first and only major championship win. [Dinah Shore Tournament course, Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA].
Played as the IBM Ladies Open (Aug 27-30). Second-placed Liselotte Neumann (Swe) finished 2 shots behind Alfredsson (Swe). [Haninge GC, nr Stockholm, Sweden].
Alfredsson (Swe) won the LPGA Tour 1992 Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player. Award based on a points accumulation for finishes in Tour events. Alfredsson finished 16th on the LPGA money list, with earnings of $262,115.
Played as the Hennessy Ladies Cup (July 9-12). Second-placed Trish Johnson (Eng) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Alfredsson (Swe). [Golf & Land Club Köln, Refrath, nr Cologne].
Played as the Benson & Hedges Trophy (Nov 7-10; European and LET Trs mixed pairs unofficial money event). Second-placed Malcolm Mackenzie & Penny Grice-Whittaker (Eng), and Bryan Norton & Pearl Sinn (USA) finished 2 shots behind the winning team of Anders Forsbrand & Helen Alfredsson (Swe), who shared the £33,900 first prize. [Las Brisas GC, Nueva Andalucía, Costa del Sol. Now called Real (Royal) Las Brisas].
Played as the Trophée Coconut Skol (June 20-23). Second-placed Dale Reid (Scot) finished 3 shots behind Alfredsson (Swe). [Saint Germain GC, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, nr Paris].
Played as the Hennessy Ladies Cup (June 13-16). Alfredsson (Swe) beat Marie-Laure de Lorenzi (Fra) and Corinne Dibnah (Aus) in a playoff. [Golf & Land Club Köln, Refrath, nr Cologne].
Played as the Weetabix Women's British Open (Aug 2-5). Alfredsson (Swe) beat Jane Hill (Zim) at the fourth playoff hole, to record her first win on the Women's Professional Golf European Tour. [Duke's course, Woburn GC, nr Milton Keynes, Bucks].
WPG Eurpn Tr
Alfredsson (Swe) won the WPG European Tour 1989 Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player. She finished 20th on the Tour's (money-based) Order of Merit, with earnings of £20,356.
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