Nikki Garrett Wins ALPG's 2015 Opener

The Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG) Tour just completed its first tournament of 2015, and the winner is Nikki Garrett. Garrett closed with a 5-under 68 to win the BWAC Regional and Community Services ALPG Pro-am. Garrett won by three shots over runner-up Rebecca Codd.

It caps off quite a trifecta for Garrett: She recently got engaged, had a birthday one day before the tournament's final round, and then won the tournament!

This is a significant step for Garrett, who hadn't won anywhere since 2007. That year, she claimed wins in back-to-back weeks on the Ladies European Tour, and appeared poised to become a star in the golf world. Alas, problems with her driver were soon holding her back. But Garrett told reporters at the tournament today that her driving is much improved. The ALPG website story includes this:

Nikki’s struggles off the tee with her driver have been well documented in recent years and she credited her move to Brisbane earlier this year with now fiancĂ© Frank Barrett to her improved form.

“Lots of things have fallen into place since I moved to Brisbane last year.” She credited physiotherapist Sean Fyfe for the work they have done together on her strength and stability.

’Sean picked up that I was weak in some areas, especially through the hips. The hips have always been an issue in my swing and once I started seeing results and feeling stronger I started to feel more comfortable with the driver. I played much better this year in Europe than I have done in previous years, from the middle of the year I felt that I wasn’t far away from another good week.

Congrats, Nikki, great to see you back in the winner's circle.