Peter Alliss: Paying Tribute to the ‘Voice of Golf’
On the 6th of December 2020, golf lost one of its greatest commentators and former players, Peter Alliss. At Champions Speakers, we had the honour of working with Peter on several occasions, including after dinner engagements and interviews. His vast knowledge of golf and thrilling personal anecdotes captivated audiences of all ages, and earned him a reputation as one of the greatest golf speakers on the circuit.
Peter Alliss’ Life & Legacy
Hailing from a long line of golfers, including his father, the late Percy Alliss, Peter was born to compete. Upon turning professional in 1947, he won countless tournaments and had multiple top-10 finishes in the Open Championship.
Peter thrived on the international stage, and competed in events like the British PGA Championships. At the Ryder Cup, he played a pinnacle role in Great Britain’s 1957 victory. On several occasions, Peter represented England in the World Cup, a testament to his talent, dedication and consistent success.
In 1978, Peter was appointed the BBC’s lead golf commentator, kickstarting his broadcasting career. He reported for ESPN, ABS Sports, and Pro Celebrity Golf, for which he hosted over 140 television programmes. Recognised for his outstanding knowledge, Peter also presented Around with Alliss and A Golfer’s Travels, where he travelled the world and interviewed famous golfers. As an author, he wrote Peter Alliss’ Golf Heroes, which was awarded Best Illustrated Book at the British Sports Book Awards.
Peter was world-renowned for his golfing expertise, which led him to consult with Sean Connery ahead of the unforgettable golf scene in Goldfinger. He was later appointed Captain of the Professional Golfers’ Association in the 1980s, as well as President of the British Greenkeepers’ Association and European Women’s Professional Golfers’ Association. Such incredible positions reflect Peter’s international respect in the sport.
In recognition of Peter’s lifelong dedication to golf, he was awarded the Spirit of Golf and inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012. Later in his career, he took the speaking circuit by storm. Audiences were enthralled by Peter’s behind the scenes insight into golf, told through his personal stories of competing and broadcasting. He was famed for his humour and unforgettable personality.
It is safe to say that golf has lost a true legend, but Peter’s legacy will live on through his visible impact on the sport.
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