Alison Nicholas, two-time open winner and current captain of the European Solheim Cup team was in Sheffield today to open Hallamshire Golf Club’s refurbished lounge.
Nicholas walked away with the winning trophy at both the 1987 British Open and the 1997 American Open.
Most recently she led Europe to victory as captain of the 2011 Solheim Cup team in what many have described as one of the greatest golf matches ever played.
‘A fabulous job’
At the opening, she commented that the lounge looks “absolutely great.
“You’ve done a fabulous job: the carpet, the decor – absolutely wonderful.”
Nicholas, 50, currently lives in Birmingham but was a member of the club as an amateur golfer.
“I’ve got great memories of the club and all that I achieved here,” she said.
“It’s great to be back to see everybody.”
Reception ‘overwhelmingly positive’
The lounge was completed on time and on budget about a month ago. As Chairman of the club’s House Committee, Miles Pierce oversaw the development of the new lounge.
He commented: “It’s fantastic – the bar is being used by more and more people as a result.”
He also said that the reception from the golf club’s members had been overwhelmingly positive.
Steve Dodd is the Gentlemen’s Captain at the club. He had more praise for the refurbishment: “I think the end result is really good – we’ve had an awful lot of compliments.”
The club’s Ladies’ Captain, Anne Savage, said it was “amazing” to have Alison at the club, and said that she enjoyed talking with her about Europe’s Solheim Cup success.
Solheim team ‘did the business’
In an interview with TGS News, Nicholas spoke about her tenure as the captain of the Solheim Cup team. She said that the strength of the 2011 team was a result of them “coming together as a unit.
“We managed to create a great atmosphere in the team, a sense of belonging and belief that we could win.”
“And they went out and did the business,” she said.
Nicholas explained that she is stepping aside from the role to give someone else the “honour and privilege” of captaining the team.
She told TGS News that she already knows who will captain the Solheim Cup team in 2013. The announcement will come in the next couple of weeks.