ON THE GREEN: Australian pro Rachel Hetherington said she was excited to play in the BWAC Yamba Ladies Pro-Am today.
ON THE GREEN: Australian pro Rachel Hetherington said she was excited to play in the BWAC Yamba Ladies Pro-Am today. Adam Hourigan

International pros take spotlight at Yamba Pro-Am

GOLF: The competition for the BWAC Yamba Ladies Pro-Am is wide open after defending champion Nikki Garrett announced she will not be defending her crown.

Garrett, who welcomed son Nixon six months ago, said that she was upset that she would not be able to attend the competition.

"I have had to withdraw from the tournament," Garrett said. "I really was looking forward to going back to back at Yamba so it is heaps upsetting that I will not be there.

"I really did want to go but unfortunately it was just too hard with my little fella, I just don't have the family network up here in Brisbane to find someone to look after him."

Garrett said the Yamba tournament was a favourite of hers on the ALPGA tour due to it's location and the condition of the course.

"It is just a great little spot there at Yamba," she said. "It is a hidden gem on the North Coast of New South Wales. It is also a great little course that is always kept to a good standard.

"I will hopefully be back in Yamba next year, my plan is to get out and play more as Nixon grows up. I definitely have Yamba factored into next years plans."

WORTH THE WAIT: Nikki Garrett accepts a $3000 cheque from Noel Galvin, principal of tournament sponsor BWAC Regional and Community Services, after firing a five-under-par 68 to win the Pro-Am event at Yamba Golf and Country Club. Ireland’s Rebecca Codd (right) collected $2000 after carding a two-under 71 to finish runner-up.
WORTH THE WAIT: Nikki Garrett accepts a $3000 cheque from Noel Galvin, principal of tournament sponsor BWAC Regional and Community Services, after firing a five-under-par 68 to win the Pro-Am event at Yamba Golf and Country Club. Ireland’s Rebecca Codd (right) collected $2000 after carding a two-under 71 to finish runner-up. Contributed

Despite the absence of Garrett the Yamba Ladies Pro-Am is packed to the brim with talented golfers including the Americans Stacey Keating and Leigh Whittaker and top Norweigen pro Tonje Daffinrud.

"There is a lot of really good golfers coming for the tournament," Yamba Golf and Country Club operations manager Chris Durrington said.

"We moved the tournament to March in the hopes to get more golfers but we did not expect to get a lot more quality golfers as well."

Durrington said the course is in pristine condition ready for the first tee off at 7am today.

"It is the best the course has been in at least five years," he said. "The fairways are like carpet and the greens are like lino. It will be lightning quick out there."



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