Solheim Cup Nights with Captain Alison Nicholas

Solheim Cup Nights with Captain Alison Nicholas
Solheim Cup Nights with Captain Alison Nicholas

One of the UK’s most successful golfers and Europe’s 2011 Solheim Cup captain, Alison Nicholas will be sharing her thoughts ahead of September’s eagerly anticipated showdown. Edgbaston Golf Club, Birmingham and Fulford Golf Club, York will be the venues for an exclusive Solheim Cup evening on June 1st and June 2nd respectively.

Alison Nicholas’s career in golf has spanned from 1980 to 2004, starting off late at the age of 17 but quickly went on to represent Yorkshire at county level and turned pro in 1984. Since then she has claimed 18 professional titles and represented Europe in the inaugural Solheim Cup in 1990. The highlight of Alison’s career came in 1997 when she was crowned US Open Champion and held off golfing legend Nancy Lopez to win her first major.

Nicholas will be leading the best European players from the Ladies European Tour (LET) against the best U.S. players from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour in the biennial, trans-atlantic team match-play competition. The U.S. Team leads the competition 8-3 and has never lost The Solheim Cup on home soil. In 2009, the Americans kept their untarnished home record intact at Rich Harvest Farms with a 16 to 12 victory against the Europeans. It’s now Europe’s turn to win back the trophy in Ireland at Killeen Castle on September 23-25.

Alison Nicholas, who has been awarded a MBE for her services to women’s golf is looking forward to her trip to Birmingham and York ahead of the September competition. She said “I really enjoy meeting other golfers and telling stories from on and off the course. It will be great to be in Birmingham and York to share my own Solheim Cup Stories as excitement builds towards the tournament.”

Event Organisers Tourism Ireland said “To have Alison at Edgbaston and Fulford Golf Club will be great inspiration for the local golfing community. We can’t wait to meet her and support the team in September for the Solheim Cup.”

Guests at the evenings will have the chance to win a trip to Ireland and attend the Solheim Cup at the beautiful Killeen Castle. Information will also be available on event tickets and Solheim Cup packages.

Event Details:
Wednesday, June 1, at Edgbaston Golf Club, Birmingham
Thursday, June 2, at Fulford Golf Club, York
Both evenings start at 7.30pm and include a complimentary drink and canapés

To register email confirming which evening you wish to attend (Edgbaston Golf Club or Fulford Golf Club), your name, golf club and contact phone number. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.



Cristie Kerr hosts 5th Annual Birdies for Breast Cancer Charity Golf Classic

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LPGA tour members, athletes, celebrities and local businessmen  joined top Ladies golfer Cristie Kerr at Liberty National in Jersey City on August 14th, to raise money and promote awareness for breast health education, in the 5th Annual Birdies for Breast Cancer Charity Golf Classic.

The event featured a golf tournament with some of the best female players in the world, followed by a dinner prepared by celebrity chef Todd English. This was followed with a silent auction and a poker tournament.

The golf tournament was won by the team captained by Dorothy Delasin, with the help of Dave Hill, Steve Callahan and Danny Lavecchia from the Barclays Group. Cristie Kerr teamed up with Dan Fireman and Andrew Spellman of Fireman Capital and Chef  Michael Schlow.

The Poker tournament went to the last table with four players remaining and was declared a draw. The prize of an Audemars Piguet watch was handed back to Birdies for Breast Cancer and will be sold off with proceeds going to the charity.

The Birdies for Breast Cancer charity was founded in 2003 by top LPGA golfer Cristie Kerr. All proceeds from this years event go towards establishing the Cristie Kerr Women’s Health Centre at Liberty Health’s Jersey City Medical Center.

Shock LPGA win for teenager Yani Tseng

Taiwanese golfer Yani Tseng has become the second youngest player ever to win an LPGA event, defeating Maria Hjorth in a thrilling play-off to emerge victorious in Maryland. The 19-year-old finished on 12 under par, before winning at the fourth hole of a sudden-death play-off against 34-year-old Hjorth.

So, who is she? Well, she only turned professional in January 2007, with the most significant time of her amateur career coming in 2004 when she defeated Michelle Wie to win the US Women’s Amateur Public Links.

Considering that fact that this is Tseng’s first season on the US circuit, the victory is all the more remarkable. Not many golf bets would have gone on this youngster to win, with more money likely to be placed on the two highest ranked female players. However, Lorena Ochoa and Annika Sorenstam finished way off the lead – 11 shots to be precise.

In what has been a record-breaking time for women’s golf, Tseng has become the first ever player from Taiwan to win an LPGA Championship. It must be a proud time for her as she has done her country proud. Tseng has now earned $835,241 on the LPGA tour, with her latest victory likely to change the rest of her life – expectations will now rise and she is no longer an unkown talent.

Although realistically, she will remain unknown to a lot of golf fans in England. Women’s golf doesn’t get half as much TV coverage as the men’s game and young talents such as Tseng could potentially pass some people by. The most famous female golfer is Michelle Wie and she has fallen from grace somewhat in the past couple of years. Perhaps Yseng or emerging Scottish golfer Carly Booth can help draw attention to the women’s game.