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 10-11, the PKBGT 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.
The Tar Heel Classic is the sixth and final pre-qualifying tournament of the Women’s Health Classic Junior Challenge presented by the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation. The Challenge will consist of 7 events between January and March 2018 and be operated by the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour. The first 6 pre-qualifying events will be open to any PKBGT member and will qualify PKBGT Bell National players for the Junior Challenge Qualifier on March 24-25, 2018 at the Links at Stoney Point. The champion of the qualifier will receive the sponsor exemption* (qualifying player must have a USGA handicap index of 3.7 or better to be granted the exemption). To view the current 2018 Junior Challenge Points Standings List click here.
The Bell National field is highlighted by 5 players who are all ranked inside the Top 10 on the PKB Performance Index: Emily Hawkins (Lexington, NC 2018), Lauren Freyvogel (Gibsonia, PA 2019), Anna Morgan (Spartanburg, SC 2019), Katherine Schuster (Kill Devil Hills, NC 2021) and Emelia Pack (Browns Summit, NC 2019). Hawkins is ranked 2nd on the PKB Performance Index and finished runner-up at the PKBGT Invitational at Grandover Resort. Freyvogel is currently ranked 5th on the PKB Performance Index. Morgan is currently ranked 8th on the PKB Performance Index and has finished top-6 in her last three PKB events: the PKB Invitational, the PKB Tournament of Champions, and the Rocket Tour Players Championship. Schuster is ranked 9th on the PKB Performance Index and finished in 1st place at the Orange Whip Classic at Clemson. Pack is currently ranked 10th on the PKB Performance Index and has finished top-7 in her last three PKB events: the PKB Junior, the PKB Foundation Classic, and the Rocket Tour Players Championship.
The Prep Preview Series features a full field of 30 girls. The field is led by Hannah Jonely (Ashburn, VA 2020), Jayla Rogers (Wilmington, NC 2019) and Megan Kanaby (Chapel Hill, NC 2019). Jonely is currently ranked T2nd on the Prep Preview Order of Merit and finished in 1st place at the PKB Tournament of Champions. Rogers is currently ranked 77th in the PKB Performance Index and finished T5 at last week’s Palmetto Classic at USC. Kanaby, a hometown favorite, is currently ranked 81st on the PKB Performance Index and led her team to victory at the 2018 Linville Cup by cinching the final point alongside teammate Maria Atwood (Holly Springs, NC 2022).
The Futures National Series also features a full field of 24 players. The field is led by Kalina Siehl (Fort Mill, SC 2021), Julie Shin (Brambleton, VA 2022), and Macy Pate (Boone, NA 2023). Siehl currently sits in 2nd place on the Futures National Order of Merit and has recorded 3-top 10 finishes so far in the 2018 season. Shin is currently ranked 12th in the Futures National Order of Merit and is coming off of a 1st place finish at the PKB Foundation Classic. Pate is currently ranked 1st on the Futures National Order of Merit and has placed top-10 in her last three PKB events.
Everyone looks to continue their success at the Tar Heel Classic at UNC Chapel Hill Finley GC. We look forward to a great event!
Play will begin on Saturday morning with an 8:00 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 email@example.com or 336-347-8537.