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Alison Sheard

Alison Sheard with the AIG Women

South Africa's Sheard made history in 1979, becoming the first non-British player to win the AIG Women's Open.

Her success came in the fourth playing of the Championship, at Southport & Ainsdale, where she recovered superbly from an opening round of 83 with subsequent scores of 74, 72 and 72 to finish three clear of Mickey Walker.

Two further Ladies European Tour wins were secured by Sheard in 1979 as she enjoyed the finest season of her career.

A fourth LET title came her way six years later at the Spanish Open, while Sheard was inducted into the Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame in 2010.