Alison’s playing career in golf spanned from 1980 to 2004 claiming 18 Professional titles establishing herself as one of Europe’s most successful players.
Taking the game up rather late at the age of 17 did not deter her in the slightest. Within 4 years she had represented Yorkshire at county level and went on to win the 1983 British Stroke play Championship before turning professional in 1984.
Her breakthrough in the professional ranks came in 1987 winning the Weetabix Ladies British Open at St Mellion. Throughout the 80’s and early 90’s Alison was a regular winner on the Ladies European Tour.
After representing Europe in the inaugural Solheim Cup in 1990 Alison was encouraged to play in America and take on the best in the world. Improving her technique under the watchful eye of Lawrence Farmer proved successful and in 1995 she won her first Tournament in America.
The highlight of her playing career was to come two years later when she was crowned 1997 US Open Champion when she held off golfing legend Nancy Lopez to win her first major. Following this success Alison was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to women’s golf.
The Solheim Cup
Alison’s career has been in entwined with the Solheim Cup. Having represented Europe six times, with memorable victories in 1992, 2000 and 2003 Alison has also been heavily involved in role of Vice Captain (2003 & 2005) and Captain (2009 & 2011).
The events at Killeen Castle in September 2011 saw Alison captain the European Team to a dramatic and memorable victory over the Americans. The 15 – 13 win by Europe has been described as one of the greatest matches in the history of golf.
This year, Alison will be returning to the Solheim Cup but as the 2017 Captain of the PING Junior Solheim Cup Team Europe.
“I am delighted to be the coach for this team,” said Nicholas, an 18-time tour winner, who has played on six European Solheim Cup teams and also captained the team at a further two Solheim Cups. “I really believe this is one of the strongest teams Europe has had for the PING Junior Solheim Cup and we look forward to travelling to Iowa together, with the primary aim of winning the trophy back from Team America. The team we have assembled has a great spirit, which I think will be an important factor that will will help us perform at our best.”
Alison’s interest in golf continues through her business activities, coaching and teaching. Alison is available for clinics and speaking engagements. Please see contact page