Referral from client was great to receive and when it turned out to be Alison Nicholas the 1997 US Open Ladies Champions we were very happy to help.
Alison wanted some new clubs to be checked out for the loft and lie - umm they did need some tweaking. With the right equipment at hand the irons were all checked and amended to meet her needs. Alison was then interested in the Tour Edge Exotics EXS woods and irons and took the time to do a fitting with Melvyn and try them out. Impressed she decided to have the 3 wood and 2 hybrids, all fitted with the Accra FX2 100 shafts. Then came the putter and following a fitting and guidance again from Melvyn on the set up and use of the SeeMore Putter opted for the Platinum fully milled M7 Tour blade.
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.