Who's who in golf - Alison Nicholas

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Name: - Alison Nicholas
Country: - England
Born : - March 6, 1962 in Gibraltar on the Iberian Peninsula.
Original Home/Club: - Hallamshire GC, Sheffield, S Yorks.
Occupation: - Professional golfer, golf instructor and golf day organiser.
Turned Pro: - 1984
Web Address: - http://www.alisonnicholas.co.uk

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): US Women's Open (1997). Solheim Cup player (1990, '92, '94, '96, '98, 2000). Solheim Cup captain (2009, '11). Multiple wins on the Ladies European Tr (12), US LPGA Tr (4) and other international professional tours. Ladies European Tr Order of Merit winner (1997). Appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, MBE (1998).

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Starting golf at age 17, and rapidly becoming a very accomplished amateur golfer, Nicholas turned professional in 1984, aged 22. Three years later she won the British Women's Open (not recognised by the LPGA as a major championship at that time), and 10 years after that secured a fully recognised major, winning the 1997 U.S. Women's Open. A member of six European Solheim Cup teams, Nicholas captained the losing European team in 2009 in Illinois, but led her team to success two years later in Ireland.

Top tournaments won by Alison Nicholas

1999Wmn AmericaHawaiian Ladies OpenKapolei GC209 (-7)$97,500
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].
1997Wmn AwardsOrder of Merit - LET£94,589see Score
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.
1997Wmn AwardsPlyr of Yr - LETxn/a
Nicholas (Eng) won the Women Professional Golfers' European Tr Players' Player of the Year Award, based on the votes of her peers.
1997Wmn MajorsUS Women's OpenPumpkin Ridge274 (-10)$232,500
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].
1996Wmn EuropeLadies Irish OpenCitywest277 (-11)£16,500
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].
1995Wmn EuropeLadies Scottish OpenDalmahoy272 (-16)£11,250
Played as the Payne & Gunter Scottish Women's Open (Aug 3-6; for the last time until 2007). Second-placed Patricia Meunier (Fra) finished 1 shot behind Nicholas (Eng). [East course, Dalmahoy Hotel & CC, Midlothian].
1995Wmn AmericaLPGA Corning ClassicCorning CC275 (-13)$82,500
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].
1995Wmn AmericaPortland ClassicColumbia Edgewater207 (-9)$75,000
Played as the PING-AT&T Wireless Services LPGA Golf Championship (Sept 8-10). Second-placed Kelly Robbins (USA) finished 1 shot behind Nicholas (Eng). [Columbia Edgewater CC, Portland, Oregon].
1992Wmn EuropeParis Ladies OpenLa Boulie275 (-9)£12,000
Played as the AGF Open de Paris (May 7-10). Second-placed Alicia Dibos (Peru) finished 1 shot behind Nicholas (Eng). [La Boulie GC (RCF), Versailles, nr Paris].
1991Wmn AwardsLow Stroke Ave - LET71.71n/a
Nicholas (Eng) won the Vivien Saunders Trophy, recording the season's lowest stroke average on the Women Professional Golfers' European Tour.
1990Wmn EuropeVariety Club ClassicCalcot Park GC275 (-13)£7,800
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].
1989Wmn EuropeGisvaled Ladies OpenIsaberg GK288 (E)£9,750
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].
1989Wmn EuropeLa Manga ClassicLa Manga213 (-3)£7,500
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].
1989Wmn EuropeLadies German OpenWorthsee GC269 (-19)£12,000
Played as the Lufthansa Ladies German Open. Second-placed Patricia Gonzales (Colombia) finished 5 shots behind Nicholas (Eng). [GC Wörthsee, nr Munich, Germany].
1988Wmn EuropeGuernsey OpenRoyal Guernsey274£6,000
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].
1988Wmn EuropeOlivetti TournamentMoor Hall GC283 (-9)£4,500
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].
1988Wmn EuropeVariety Club ClassicCalcot Park GC204 (-12)£6,500
Played as the Variety Club Celebrity Classic. Second-placed Dale Reid (Scot) finished 4 shots behind Nicholas (Eng). [Calcot Park GC, Reading, Berks, England].
1987Wmn EuropeBritish Women's OpenSt Mellion296 (+4)£15,000
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). [Old course, St Mellion Intl Resort, St Mellion, Cornwall; now called the Kernow course].
1987Wmn EuropeLaing Charity ClassicStoke Park281£4,500
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].


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