Solheim Cup legend Alison Nicholas has been honoured by the PGAs of Europe with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for her outstanding achievements and contribution to the game.
Nicholas follows in the footsteps of previous winners Seve Ballesteros, who was awarded the honour posthumously in 2011, and former Ryder Cup captain Tony Jacklin, who received his award on the same stage in 2012.
“I’m overwhelmed to be honest, I certainly didn’t expect it, but I’m honoured and humbled to received it,” explained Nicholas. “It blows me away to think my name is amongst those previous recipients.
“Seve Ballesteros was my hero, when you saw him play, his tenacity and sheer charisma was something that we all looked up to and aspired to, so to receive an award he’s also received is incredible.
“Jacklin obviously pioneered the modern Ryder Cup era and taught Europe to win and believe in themselves - I took all those things on board when I took on the Solheim Cup captaincy and wanted to aspire to do the same as him.
“Both these winners were an inspiration to me so to receive the award after them is unreal, I can’t get my head around it to be honest.”
She added: “What I’ve done in the game and my contribution to the Solheim Cup has only come because I’ve had the support and help from other people. I hand this award to my family and my friends and to professionals that have helped me achieve
all I’ve done.”