Peter Alliss - May 5, 2012


Famed Broadcaster and 8-time European Ryder Cup Team Member Peter Alliss will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on Monday night. He called the honor a bit of a delightful surprise at this point of his life. Right now he is savoring the moment with some dear friends and he spoke with fellow inductee Dan Jenkins this week and Dan was more excited than he was. Alliss predicted that both he and Dan will be in tears when they are inducted.

Terry Jastrow, who used to produce golf broadcasts for ABC Sports where Alliss worked for many years, will be inducting him into the Hall of Fame and he is not sure what Jastrow will say but is excited to find out. When asked about influences, he said that he was not influenced by others as much as he observed the work of other broadcasters. Henry Longhurst was one person he paid close attention to during his broadcasting career. Above all other things, Alliss said that he tried to maintain a sense of Britain in his broadcasts.

He retired from international competition at the age of 39 and he won 21 times in 15 years while playing in 8 Ryder Cups. The fear of playing Arnold Palmer was his biggest memory from the Ryder Cup and they played against each other several times and while Palmer won against him, “someone else” won on other occasions.

Alliss said that he is just an observer from the broadcast booth and while he is coming to end of his time in this business, he would advise young people who want to become broadcasters to never take their eyes off of the TV screen because that is what the people watching at home can see and as a broadcaster, you are supposed to observe and describe the action that you can actually see.

Everyone tries to put their finger on what is wrong with anything and anyone whether it is Tiger Woods or the U.S. Ryder Cup team. There are many reasons why the European Ryder Cup team has improved over the years and those reasons include the fact that the quality of young players has improved and the fact that golf is a more appealing line of work today than it was a number of years ago. Unfortunately, there are not as many young women players coming out of Britain today although there are many coming from other parts of Europe because like the men, young girls in Britain have more opportunities to compete in golf today than they had years ago.