Who's who in golf - Helen Alfredsson

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Name: - Helen Christine Alfredsson
Country: - Sweden
Born : - April 9, 1965 in Gothenburg, Västra Götaland County, Sweden.
Original Home/Club: - Goteborg, Sweden
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 1989
Web Address: - http://www.helenalfredsson.com

Roll of Honour

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 Tr (11), US LPGA Tr (7) and other international professional tours. Ladies European Tour Rookie of the Year (1989) and Order of Merit winner (1998). US LPGA Tr Rookie of the Year (1992).

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"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.

Top tournaments won by Helen Alfredsson

2019Snr WomenSenior LPGA Ch'shipFrench Lick214 (-2)$100,000
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].
2019Snr WomenUS Snr Women's OpenPine Needles285 (+1)$180,000
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].
2008Wmn EuropeEvian Ch'shipEvian Resort273 (-15)US$487,500
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].
2008Wmn AsiaGrand China Air LPGAWest Coast GC204 (-12)$270,000
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 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].
2003Wmn AmericaLongs Drugs ChallengeLincoln Hills275 (-13)$150,000
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].
2001Wmn EuropeLadies Ch'ship of EuropeRoyal Porthcawl276 (-16)€97,944
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].
1998Wmn EuropeEvian Ch'shipEvian Resort277 (-11)£75,000
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].
1998Wmn AmericaOffice Depot, TheOffice Depot, The277 (-11)$90,000
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].
1998Wmn AwardsOrder of Merit - LET£125,975see Score
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.
1998Wmn AmericaWelch's ChampionshipRandolph GC274 (-14)$75,000
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). [Randolph GC, Tucson, AZ; formerly called North course, Randolph Park].
1997Wmn EuropeLadies Ch'ship of EuropeGleneagles276 (-12)£45,000
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].
1996Wmn EuropeHennessy Ladies CupKoln, Refrath280 (-8)£9,000
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].
1994Wmn AmericaBoston Five ClassicBlue Hill CC274 (-14)$67,500
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].
1994Wmn EuropeEvian Ch'shipEvian Resort287 (-1)£34,875
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].
1993Wmn MajorsANA InspirationMission Hills CC284 (-4)$105,000
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].
1992Wmn EuropeHennessy Ladies CupKoln, Refrath271 (-17)£18,000
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].
1992Wmn AwardsRookie of Yr - LPGAx$262,115
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.
1992Wmn EuropeTrygg Hansa OpenHaninge GC278 (-14)£13,500
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].
1991Wmn EuropeCoconut TrophySaint Germain276 (-12)£15,000
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].
1991Wmn EuropeHennessy Ladies CupKoln, Refrath280 (-8)£15,000
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].
1990Wmn EuropeBritish Women's OpenWoburn288 (-4)£20,000
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].
1989Wmn AwardsRookie of Yr - LET£20,356see Score
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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