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LAURA DAVIES

Date of Birth5th October 1963
Turned Pro1985
HobbiesAll competitive sport cars
AchievementsAwarded CBE in 2000
Tournament Victories73 (Inc. 4 majors)
America 20
Europe 40
Asia 9
Australia 4
Laura Davies is recognised as Europe’s most accomplished lady professional golfer ever, and is arguably the most famous female golfer in the world. Her outstanding career started in record-breaking fashion: in only her second year as a professional she held both the British and the US Open titles in the same year.

The following year she won tournaments in Europe, USA and Japan and became the first woman ever to win tournaments on all three major Tours in one year - a feat only equalled that year in the men's game by Seve Ballesteros.

This success prompted H.M. Queen Elizabeth II to recognise Laura's achievements in golf by awarding her an M.B.E in 1988. In accepting the award from the Queen at Buckingham Palace, Laura missed both the practice days and the Pro-Am of the Biarritz Open. Arriving late on the Wednesday of the tournament and not having seen the golf course before, Laura nevertheless collected the winner's trophy on the Sunday afternoon. Laura was further awarded the CBE in 2000, a testament to her continued outstanding career success.


In 1994 Laura became the first European player to be ranked number one in the world. She also became the first non-American player to finish top of the US LPGA Money List. During that year she won seven tournaments around the world, and in doing so collected over $1 million in prize money. Most Professional golfers play between 20 and 30 tournaments per year but, by the end of 1994, Laura had played close to 40.

Laura has been the lynchpin of every European Solheim Cup team and she has helped steer Europe to two outstanding victories at Dalmahoy in 1994 and Loch Lomond in 2000. The most memorable of these was probably the 1994 matches where over the three days Laura was the only player to win all her matches.


1995 started, and finished, in much the same vein. Laura again won seven tournaments and broke yet another record in leading both the US LPGA and WPGET Order of Merits simultaneously. Sadly she did not manage to finish the year in this position; something that was actually achieved by fellow European Annika Sorenstam. Laura's winning score of 25 under-par in the Irish Open was also a world record, as was actually winning the tournament by 16 strokes. 


True to form, Laura managed to break another record in 1996, this time by earning the most ever prize money in one year. In 1997, she became the first female professional ever to win the same tournament four years in succession when she captured the Standard Register Ping Championship in Phoenix. The only two players to do this previously are Gene Sarazen and Walter Hagen. This was her 50th win as a professional, something that Laura secretly hoped to achieve when she first started out on tour. Now with 64 tournament wins to her name she is knocking on the door of the US LPGA’s Hall of Fame, and she would be the first Brit ever to achieve this.


Laura’s longest drive was during the JC Penny Skins game in 1998 when she launched a ball 378 yards off the tee. It is her relaxed approach and evident love of the game that enables her to lead her life at this pace.  On winning the Thailand Open in 1994 she presented her female caddy with the diamond necklace she won - a more generous and down-to-earth person would be difficult to find.


Laura values the support of her family, various members of whom are involved in looking after her affairs. Famous for her long hitting and her (self-taught) natural swing, Laura is certainly a golfing legend in the Ladies game.



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HELEN ALFREDSSON


Date of Birth:April 9th, 1965
Hometown:Gothenburg, Sweden
Residence:Orlando, Florida, USA
Turned Pro:1989
Family:Husband, Kent Nilsson
Stepson, Robert Nilsson
Interests:All sports, keeping fit and reading
Professional Wins:23 (Majors,1; LPGA, 7; LET, 11; Other, 6)
Achievements:Has played in the Solheim Cup 9 times Solheim Cup record (11-15-2)
Captain of the 2007 Solheim Cup team
LET Rookie of the Year 1989
LPGA Rookie of the Year 1992
Current World Ranking:30th (as of 15.03.10)
CAREER WINS
1990 Women’s British Open (LET)
1991 Hennessy Ladies Cup (LET)
Trophee Cocunut Skol (LET)
1992 Hennessy Ladies Cup (LET)
IBM Ladies Open (LET)
1993 Kraft Nabisco Championship (Major)
1994 Evian Masters (LET)
PING/Welch’s Championship (LPGA)
1996 Hennessy Cup (LET)
1997 WPGA Championship of Europe (LET)
1998 Evian Masters (LET)
The Office Depot (LPGA)
Welch’s/Circke K Championship (LPGA)
2001 WPGA Championship of Europe (LET)
2003 Longs Drugs Challenge (LPGA)
2008 Evian Masters (LET & LPGA)
Grand China Air LPGA (LPGA)
PERSONAL

Swedish sensation Helen Alfredsson started playing golf at the age of 11 in her home City of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Graduated from United States International University in San Diego in 1988 with a degree in International Business, Alfredsson also worked briefly as a model before turning her attentions to golf.

Married to Kent Nilsson, a former NHL Ice Hockey player, now coach.

AMATEUR

Represented Sweden in European Team Championship, European Junior Championship and World Team Championship.

Alfredsson was the Swedish national champion from 1981-84, in 1986 and 1988.

She won the 1984 Belgium Junior International Championship and finished third at the 1988 European Individual Championship.

CAREER HIGLIGHTS

First win as a professional came in 1990 Weetabix Women's British Open.

Played for Europe in nine Solheim Cup matches 1990/92/94/96/98/2000/2002/2007/2009

Won 1992 LPGA Rookie of the Year.

Partnered Liselotte Neumann to victory in 1992 Sunrise Cup World Team Championship in Taiwan.

Produced albatross two at the 18th hole on her way to a third Hennessy Cup victory in 1994.

In 1993, became a Rolex First-Time Winner at the Nabisco Dinah Shore, one of the Tour’s four major championships.

Her second LPGA title was the 1994 PING/Welch's Championship.

In 1997 underwent hip surgery and missed early part of the season but later finished second in World Championship of Women's Golf, losing in playoff to Juli Inkster.

Inspired Europe to victory in 2000 Solheim Cup, winning two out of three points, including a vital 4&3 Singles triumph on Sunday against Beth Daniel.

Won the 2003 Longs Drugs Challenge on the LPGA Tour after five years without a win in America.

Selected as The 2007 European Solheim Cup captain at Halmstad Golfklubb in her native Sweden

Had a wonderful resurgence in her career in 2008, winning the Evian Masters, where she defeated Angela Park and Na Yeon Choi in a threehole, sudden-death playoff; and the Grand China Air LPGA, where she crossed the $5 million mark in career earnings.


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