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Dale Reid awarded OBE in Honours List

Scotland's Dale Reid's success in steering Europe to the Solheim Cup victory over America at Loch Lomond in Scotland this year has been recognised with the award of an Officer of the British Empire in the Queen's New Year's Honours list.

For the 41-year-old Reid, the award is yet another accolade who admitted that the triumph in October was the highlight of hugely successful career.

Having turned professional in 1979, Reid became the first member of the European women's Tour to be awarded honorary membership when she reached the milestone of 20 victories. Altogether, she has accumulated 21 titles -- a mark only surpassed by Laura Davies.

She also figured in Europe's only previous Solheim Cup win -- at Dalmahoy in 1992 -- and she was famously attributed the title of "the gutsiest player I have ever known" by former Solheim Captain, Mickey Walker.

Reid played in the matches four times before taking on the role of skipper this year, and it was her bravery in making some controversial "wild card" selections that proved to be a key card. Helen Alfredsson and Catrin Nilsmark, two Swedes who had struggled throughout the season, both came up trumps in the Loch Lomond quagmire.

Reid has already been re-appointed captain for the 2002 defence of the trophy at Interlachen in Minnesota, and she admits: "I would love to become the first European Captain to win on U.S. soil."

But she has not given up hopes of achieving more success as a player. She suffered through illness in 2000, but is determined to be fit for the start of the 2001 season at the Australian Masters in March.

"I still love playing, and I wouldn't keep going if I didn't think I could still win," she said. "This year, I'll try to put the Solheim thoughts to the side and concentrate on my own game."


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