The weather could not have been better for golf over the course of the tournament! Temperatures today remained in the low 60s and the players enjoyed some blue skies and sunshine towards the conclusion of play. We were very fortunate for such ideal conditions in late December. This event is the first tournament that the PKBGT has played at Pine Needles since the passing of Mrs. Peggy Kirk Bell last month. To keep the tradition of having a Bell family member at the awards ceremony, her daughter Bonnie McGowan presented the awards.
Winning the Bell Series today was Nicole Adam (Pinehurst, NC 2020) with a 36-hole total of 150. Her steady play during both rounds combined with her ability to make a lot of pars is what gave her the overall victory! Nicole was also the 2015 PKB Junior Champion in the Futures Series. The runner-up in the Bell Series by one stroke was Callista Rice (Mars Hill, NC 2017) with a total of 151. In third place with a 153 was Jodee Tindal (Rock Hill, SC 2017. In fourth place was Emily Dunlap (Greenville, SC 2019) with a two day total of 156. In fifth place each with a total of 157 were Elizabeth Coffren (Owings, MD 2020), Sarah Funderburg (Wilmington, NC 2018), & Hailey Joy (Reidsville, NC 2018).
In the futures Series there was a playoff for first place between Alexia Siehl (Fort Mill, SC 2022) and Maria Atwood (Holly Springs, NC 2022). Both players shot a 160 total for the 36-hole event. The playoff was played between holes 18 and 1. Both girls tied the first playoff hole with a par, and then it came down to the uphill 383 yard par 5 first hole. In the end Alexia Siehl came out on top with a great par putt from 10ft to win the playoff. In third place was Trinity Muthomi (Kernersville, NC 2022) making her PKBGT debut, shooting 82-80-162. In a tie for fourth place each with a score of 164 were Layla Meric (Wesley Chapel, NC 2021) and Kasey Owenby (Gastonia, NC 2019).
Congratulations to all of our top-five finishers!
Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, the host of the Peggy Kirk Bell Junior, was also host to the US Women’s Open in 1996, 2001, and 2007. The strong history of women’s golf at Pine Needles combined with a championship-level course make it the ideal location for the further development of the game and the unofficial home of the PKB Girls’ Golf Tour.
A big thank you goes out to the Bell and McGowan families and the Pine Needles staff for hosting yet another wonderful event for us! The PKBGT will return to action across the street from Pine Needles at Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club on January 28-29 with the PKB Foundation Classic.
The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour is an initiative of the Triad Youth Golf Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation aimed at increasing learning and playing opportunities for youth golfers. Based out of Greensboro, North Carolina, the PKBGT offers low cost, nationally ranked girls’ golf tournaments designed to prepare junior girls’ golfers for high school and collegiate golf. Learn more about the tour at pkbgt.org or by contacting Tour Director Mike Parker at email@example.com or 336-347-8537.