Alison Nicholas at the official announcement of the 2009 Solheim Cup Team, Royal Lytham St Annes Golf Club, Lytham St Annes, England, August 2, 2009.
|Full name||Alison Nicholas|
|Born||March 6, 1962
|Current tour(s)||LPGA Tour (joined 1989)
LET (joined 1984)
|Number of wins by tour|
|Ladies European Tour||14|
|Best results in
LPGA Major Championships
|U.S. Women's Open||Won 1997|
Nicholas was educated at the School of St Mary and St Anne (now Abbots Bromely 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.
At her retirement at the end of the 2004 season Nicholas had won fourteen 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 sixteen seasons between 1985 and 2000. She also won four times on the LPGA Tour, between 1995 and 1999, including her U.S. Women's Open victory, and 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.
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 named Captain for the 2009 Solheim Cup.
LPGA Majors are shown in bold.
|1997||Women’s U.S. Open||-10|
|Year||Total Matches||Total W-L-H||Singles W-L-H||Foursomes W-L-H||Four-ball W-L-H||Points Won||Points %|
|1990||3||1-2-0||0-1-0 lost to N. Lopez 6&4||1-0-0 won w/L. Davies 2&1||0-1-0 lost w/L. Davies 4&3||1||33.3%|
|1992||3||2-1-0||0-1-0 lost to J. Inkster 3&2||1-0-0 won w/L. Davies 1up||1-0-0 won w/L. Davies 1up||2||66.7%|
|1994||3||2-1-0||1-0-0 def P. Sheehan 3&2||1-0-0 won w/L.Davies 2&1||0-1-0 lost w/L.Davies 2&1||2||66.7%|
|1996||3||0-1-2||0-0-1 halved w/ K. Robbins||0-1-0 lost w/L. Davies 1dn||0-0-1 halved w/H. Alfredsson||1||33.3%|
|1998||2||0-2-0||0-1-0 lost to T. Green 1dn||0-1-0 lost w/H. Alfredsson 3&1||0||0%|
|2000||4||2-1-1||0-0-1 halved w/S. Steinhauer||1-1-0 won w/L. Davies 4&3, lost w/L.Davies 6&5||1-0-0 won w/H. Alfredsson 3&2||2.5||62.5%|