The PKBGT season is in full swing with our next tour stop on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. On March 11-12, the PKBGT tour will have a full field of 90 girls on the Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. One of the most popular events on the tour schedule, the Tar Heel Classic attracts one of the largest and strongest fields of the season. In 2016, Duke committee Gina Kim (2018, Chapel Hill, NC) claimed the title a second year in a row by 5 strokes with a record breaking 6-under par 2-day total of 138. Past champions also include Wake Forest committee Emilia Migliaccio (2017, Cary, NC) in 2013 & 2014 and current Ohio State senior Jessica Porvasnik, two of the top players in PKBGT history.
This event is the fifth event in the LPGA Symetra Tour’s Women’s Health Classic Junior Challenge. This challenge is composed of 6 events where Bell and Prep players are awarded points based on their finish in those fields. The Top-29 players, and one sponsors exemption, will then compete in the Junior Challenge Qualifier on April 1-2, 2017 at The Links at Stoney Point. The Challenge champion will receive a sponsor exemption into the Self Regional Women’s Health Classic on May 1-7 2017 at the Links at Stoney Point.
The Bell Series field is one of the strongest in PKBGT history. The field is highlighted by 3 past PKBGT champions who are all ranked in the Top 100 nationally on GolfWeek. They are Emily Hawkins (Lexington, NC 2018), Callista Rice (Mars Hill, NC 2017), and Caroline Curtis (2019, Richmond, VA). 6 of the 10 players on the PKBGT Performance Index are also in the field including, Amanda Sambach (Davidson, NC 2021) who has committed to UVA, UNCW signee Caroline Cahill (Wilmington, NC 2017), ECU signee Kathryn Carson (Mooresville, NC 2017), and 2017 PKBGT Champion / Georgaia Southern signee Natalie Petersen (Holly Springs, NC 2017).
The North Carolina Prep Series features a full field of 30 girls and will be the 2nd event on 2017 North Carolina Prep Series. The field is led by the 2016 Futures Order of Merit winner Lotte Fox (Raleigh, NC 2020). Lotte was a 5 time winner in the last 12 months. Additional players to watch include current Top-15 Order of Merit players Grace Jones (Hayesville, NC 2020) and Megan Kanaby (Chapel Hill, NC 2019) in addition to numerous strong players from 7 states across the East Coast.
The Futures Series also features a full field of 27 players, including 6 of the Top 10 players on the Futures Series Order of Merit. Maria Atwood (Holly Springs, NC 2022) currently sits atop the field following her win at the PKB Foundation Classic and Runner-Up finish at the Peggy Kirk Bell Junior. The other top 10 players include Layla Meric (Wesley Chapel, NC 2021), Katelyn Kenthack (Pinehurst, NC 2020), Trinity Muthomi (Kernersville, NC 2022), Tatum Walsh (Midlothian, VA 2021), and Angelique Seymour (Faytteville, NC 2019). The field also includes many PKBGT newcomers that look to make their name with a strong showing.
Play will begin on Saturday morning with an 8:30 AM double tee start. Follow the action at the Tar Heel Classic at the link below!
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 affordable, high-quality nationally ranked girls’ golf tournaments designed to prepare junior girls’ golfers for high school and collegiate golf. The PKBGT is the nation’s largest “girls’ only” junior tour with over 500 members in 2016 and over 450 girls playing in or committed to collegiate golf. Learn more about the tour at pkbgt.org or by contacting Tour Director Mike Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-347-8537.