Alliss in a golf wonderland

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THE voice of golf will swing into the Grand Theatre in Lancaster on Tuesday, September 4.

Peter Alliss, BBC golf commentator for over 50 years, will hold a special Audience With...night starting at 7.30pm.

With his father Percy, amongst the finest players of his generation, it was perhaps inevitable that Peter would also make a career in golf. Percy hired Peter as his unpaid assistant at Ferndown Golf Club, allowing him time off during midweek to compete in tournaments, where Peter soon established himself among the top young players of the time.

Between 1954 and 1969 he won 21 professional tournaments, including three British PGA championships. In September 1958 he won the 
national championships of Italy, Spain and Portugal in three consecutive weeks.

His first appearance in the Ryder Cup was in 1953 and with the exception of 1955, he represented Great Britain and Ireland in the event until 1969. He is one of only two father-son duos to have represented their country at this level.

Peter made his broadcasting debut in 1961 as part of the BBC team covering the Open Championships at Birkdale.

He retired from international golf at 38 which led to a full time career ‘on the other side of the ropes’, becoming the BBC’s chief commentator in 1978.

Golf Digest has described him as ‘the greatest golf commentator ever’, but it is not only as a commentator Peter is revered. He became a part of TV history fronting 140 episodes of the popular BBC series Pro-Celebrity Golf and progessed to an informal chat show on the fairways Around with Alliss. His most recent TV series, A Golfer’s Travels, is still being shown round the world and is available on DVD.

Tickets cost £20. They are available by calling 01524 64695 or visit the Grand Theatre box office.