Nicholas in action in Tenerife, 2003

During her 20 year career, Nicholas amassed 18 victories around the world and retired from competitive golf in 2004. Her proudest moment came in 1997, when she won the US Women’s Open, beating the legendary Nancy Lopez at Pumpkin Ridge. That year, Nicholas also won the European order of merit and was awarded the MBE for services to golf by Her Majesty the Queen in the birthday honours list.

“Alison Nicholas is a great choice for Captain of the 2009 Solheim Cup Team for the LET,” said John A. Solheim, Chairman and CEO of PING, Inc. “She is a fierce competitor whose leadership will really inspire the European Team. We are delighted Alison was selected as she is a very special person who will bring a lot to The 2009 Solheim Cup.”

Karen Lunn, Chairman of The Ladies European Tour and The European Solheim Cup Committee, added: “Alison has all the credentials we were looking for in a Captain and thoroughly deserves this opportunity.

“She has played in six Solheim Cups and has been Vice Captain on two other occasions. I am not sure that there is anyone that is as passionate about The Solheim Cup as Ali.

“Her record as a player in The Solheim Cup was outstanding, and as Vice Captain she provided valuable assistance and support to Catrin Nilsmark at Barseback in 2003 and at Crooked Stick in 2005. She is also a life member of the LET and has been a great supporter of the tour over many years.