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Alison Nicholas

Alison NicholasDescription : Alison Nicholas MBE (born 6 March 1962) is an English golfer.Nicholas was born in Gibraltar. She was educated at the School of St Mary and St Anne (now Abbots Bromley School for Girls). She enjoyed a very successful amateur career in England. She started playing golf at the age of 17 and won the 1982 and 1983 Northern Girls Amateur Open. Nicholas was the 1983 British Amateur Stroke Play champion. In 1983, Nicholas won the Yorkshire Ladies County Championship.Nicholas turned professional in 19... Page:a

Alison Nicholas
— Golfer —
2009 Solheim Cup - Alison Nicholas (1).jpg
Nicholas at the official announcement of the 2009 Solheim Cup team
Personal information
Full nameAlison Nicholas
Born(1962-03-06) 6 March 1962 (age 53)
Gibraltar
Height1.52 m (5 ft 0 in)
Nationality England
Career
Turned professional1984
Former tour(s)Ladies European Tour (joined 1984)
LPGA Tour (joined 1989)
Professional wins18
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour4
Ladies European Tour12 (10th all-time)
Other2
Best results in LPGA major championships
(Wins: 1)
ANA InspirationT16: 1995
Women's PGA C'shipT23: 2000
U.S. Women's OpenWon: 1997
du Maurier ClassicCUT: 1997
Women's British Open28th: 2004
Achievements and awards
Ladies European Tour
Order of Merit
1997
Ladies European Tour
Player of the Year
1997

Alison Nicholas MBE (born 6 March 1962) is an English golfer.

Amateur career

Nicholas was born in Gibraltar. She was educated at the School of St Mary and St Anne (now Abbots Bromley School for Girls). She enjoyed a very successful amateur career in England. She started playing golf at the age of 17 and won the 1982 and 1983 Northern Girls Amateur Open. Nicholas was the 1983 British Amateur Stroke Play champion. In 1983, Nicholas won the Yorkshire Ladies County Championship.

Professional career

Nicholas turned professional in 1984 and joined the Ladies European Tour in the same year. She joined the LPGA Tour in 1989.

Nicholas won the British Women's Open in 1987, when it was recognised as a major championship by the Ladies European Tour only, and the 1997 U.S. Women's Open.

At her retirement at the end of the 2004 season Nicholas had won 12 events on the Ladies European Tour. She topped the European Tour Order of Merit in 1997 and finished in the top-ten fifteen times in 16 seasons between 1985 and 2000. She also won four times on the LPGA Tour, between 1995 and 1999, including winning the U.S. Women's Open in 1997. In 1992 she won both the Western Australian Open and the Malaysian Open.

She won the 1991 Vivien Saunders Trophy for lowest stroke average (71.71). In 1997 she became the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year, was awarded The Association of Golf Writers Trophy and was voted LET Players' Player of the Year, 1997 Evening Mail Sports Personality of the Year and 1997 Midlands Sports Personality of the Year.

In 1998 she was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for "services to women's golf", and in 2002 became a Life Member of the Ladies European Tour.

Nicholas was a member of the European Solheim Cup team in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2000 forming a formidable partnership with Laura Davies. She was Vice Captain in 2003. In 2007 Nicholas was the captain for the 2009 and 2011 European Solheim Cup teams.

Professional wins (18)

LPGA Tour wins (4)

Legend
LPGA Tour major championships (1)
Other LPGA Tour (3)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
128 May 1995LPGA Corning Classic−13 (70-67-66-72=275)3 strokesUnited States Barb Mucha
210 Sep 1995Ping-AT&T Wireless Services LPGA Golf Championship−9 (66-73-68=207)3 strokesUnited States Kelly Robbins
313 Jul 1997U.S. Women's Open−10 (70-66-67-71=274)1 strokeUnited States Nancy Lopez
420 Feb 1999Sunrise Hawaiian Ladies Open−7 (70-66-73=209)1 strokeUnited States Annette DeLuca
United States Moira Dunn

LPGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
11993LPGA Corning ClassicUnited States Kelly RobbinsLost to par on first extra hole

Ladies European Tour wins (12)

  • 1987 (2) Weetabix Women's British Open, Laing Charity Classic
  • 1988 (3) British Olivetti Tournament, Variety Club Charity Classic, James Capel Guernsey Open
  • 1989 (3) Lufthansa Ladies' German Open, Gislaved Open, Qualitair Classic
  • 1990 (1) Variety Club Charity Classic
  • 1992 (1) AGF Open de Paris
  • 1995 (1) Payne & Gunter Scottish Open
  • 1996 (1) Guardian Irish Open

Other wins (2)

  • 1992 Western Australian Open, Malaysian Open

Major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionshipWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
1997U.S. Women's Open−10 (70-66-67-71=274)1 strokeUnited States Nancy Lopez

Team appearances

Professional

  • Solheim Cup (representing Europe): 1990, 1992 (winners), 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000 (winners)
  • Handa Cup (representing World team): 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 (tie), 2013 (winners), 2014

Solheim Cup record

YearTotal
matches
Total
W-L-H
Singles
W-L-H
Foursomes
W-L-H
Fourballs
W-L-H
Points
won
Points
%
Career187-8-31-3-24-3-02-2-18.547.22%
199031-2-00-1-0 lost to N. Lopez 6&41-0-0 won w/L. Davies 2&10-1-0 lost w/L. Davies 4&3133.3%
199232-1-00-1-0 lost to J. Inkster 3&21-0-0 won w/L. Davies 1up1-0-0 won w/L. Davies 1up266.7%
199432-1-01-0-0 def P. Sheehan 3&21-0-0 won w/L.Davies 2&10-1-0 lost w/L.Davies 2&1266.7%
199630-1-20-0-1 halved w/ K. Robbins0-1-0 lost w/L. Davies 1dn0-0-1 halved w/H. Alfredsson133.3%
199820-2-00-1-0 lost to T. Green 1dn0-1-0 lost w/H. Alfredsson 3&100%
200042-1-10-0-1 halved w/S. Steinhauer1-1-0 won w/L. Davies 4&3, lost w/L.Davies 6&51-0-0 won w/H. Alfredsson 3&22.562.5%
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