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Reaching the world of sport for Christ is why we exist. That’s harder to do in some places than others, especially elite professional tours where players spend so much time away from home.
With its 324 professional players and 38 nationalities, golf’s Ladies’ European Tour is one such place. Professionals can spend as much as 10 months a year on the road, travelling and playing tournaments and as it’s an individual sport, you don’t have the camaraderie of teammates to keep you going.
For the few players who are Christians, it is hard to get to church and enjoy fellowship with other believers. For those looking to investigate Jesus, there is not an obvious place to turn.
It’s this vision and need that has prompted former US Open champion Alison Nicholas to combine her passions of golf and faith in an exciting new role. Alison, who was awarded an MBE for her services to the sport, is joining LOGOS Golf Ministries as its representative on the LET, with this weekend’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open (27th – 30th July) her first event.
She said: “I am looking forward to going out on the Ladies European Tour to support and encourage the Christians on the golf tour to live and grow in their faith, while giving the opportunity for others to explore the Christian faith.”
Alison’s role will include leading group Bible studies and meeting up with and getting to know Christians and those interested in investigating the gospel.
She said: “I have been encouraged to get involved through many different avenues and as I have firsthand experience from both a golf and Christian perspective it seems the perfect fit.”
Alison, who is best known for winning the 1997 US Open and captaining Europe to Solheim Cup victory in 2011, played professional golf for more than 20 years.
During that time, she won 18 tournaments, including the British Open and also topped the LET Order of Merit. One of Britain’s most successful players, Alison also featured in six Solheim Cups before being named European captain.
Her US Open win led to her becoming The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year, and the LET Players’ Player of the Year.
Christians in Sport General Director Graham Daniels said: “We are delighted that Alison has made herself available to travel on the Ladies European Tour this summer.
“She brings with her a wealth of first-hand experience of what it looks like to live as a Christian at the very pinnacle of golf.”
Alison, whose biography, Walking Tall, was published in 2015, joins Ken Revie and Vincent Brown, who are LOGOS’ representatives on the men’s European Tour and Tartan Tour respectively.
She has a busy summer ahead on the LET, including a trip to the Solheim Cup at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa from 18th to 20th August.
Please join us in praying for Alison as she begins her new role.
For more information on our golf ministry, please contact Performance Team Manager Elizabeth Chambers on firstname.lastname@example.org.