On Saturday-Sunday February 16-17, the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour plays the 2019 Rocket Tour Players Championship at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, GA. The event, presented by Rocket Tour Golf, takes the Tour to a top-tier Division 1 collegiate course for the second weekend in a row at the home course to the University of Georgia Women’s Golf team.

The third Championship event of the 2019 season, the Rocket Tour Players Championship will be played in the Bell National Division at 6,000 yards, the Prep Preview Division at 5,701 yards and the Futures National Division at 5,200 yards.

The field of 75 players from eight different states is set for a competitive two days of golf in Athens.

Bell National

Sara Im (Duluth, GA 2023) comes into the tournament as the highest ranked player on the PKBGT Performance Index, ranked 12th. Im finished the 2019 Tournament of Champions in fourth place and is competing in this weekend’s Orange Whip Classic at Clemson University.

The top-ranked player on the Bell National Order of Merit is Vynie Chen (Centreville, VA 2020), who enters the tournament ranked 8th. Chen had her best performance of the season at the PKB Foundation Classic at CCNC and is also currently competing in this Weekend’s contest in Clemson.

Entering the tournament ranked 12th on the Bell National Order of Merit and 21st on the PKBGT Performance Index, Paris Fieldings (Suffolk, VA 2023) enters this tournament with a sixth-place finish at the PKBGT Invitational and a T5 finish at the PKB Foundation Classic.

Chloe Holder (Williamston, SC 2021) enters the tournament ranked 22nd on the PKBGT Performance Index. Holder placed sixth at the Tournament of Champions earlier this year and is competing in the Orange Whip Classic this weekend.

Playing in her second event of the 2019 season, Rachel Rich (Mt. Pleasant, SC 2020) is currently ranked 24th on the PKBGT Performance Index. Rich finished T16 at the PKBGT Invitational at Bermuda Run Country Club.

Prep Preview

In the 24 player Prep Preview field, Autumn Carey (Manning, SC 2022) looks to move up with a successful tournament. Currently ranked T2 on the Prep Preview Order of Merit, Carey is riding off a pair of top 10 finishes at the 2019 Eagle Classic at Georgia Southern University and the PKB Foundation Classic. She is competing in the Orange Whip Classic this weekend.

Grace Holcomb (Wilmington, NC 2021) enters the tournament as the top-ranked player on the Prep Preview Order of Merit. Holcomb won the 2019 Tournament of Champions and is currently competing in the Orange Whip Classic at Clemson University.

Making her first National appearance with the PKBGT, Rayab Lee (Springfield, VA 2021) hopes to find success at the next level. Lee won the first Central Florida Series event this season at the Walt Disney Resort (Lake Buena Vista).

Anna Claire Bridge (Raleigh, NC 2021) comes into the tournament T14 on the Prep Preview Order of Merit. Bridge had her top performance of the 2019 campaign in Hilton Head Island at the Palmetto Dunes Resort Classic.  

Rounding out the players to watch in the Prep Preview division is Chloe Pittman (Davidson, NC 2020). Pittman has yet to compete in a Prep Preview event this season but finished in 12th place at the PKB Foundation Classic in the Bell National division.

Futures National

Leading the 15 player Futures National Field is Katerina Klein (Charleston, SC 2020). Klein is in second place on the Futures National Order of Merit rankings and has two top-five finishes in the 2019 season.

Sophie Lauture (Raleigh, NC 2024)T5 on the Futures National Order of Merit rankings. She finished fourth at the 2019 Eagle Classic at Georgia Southern University and is competing in this weekend’s Orange Whip Classic.

Coming off a T10 finish at the PKB Foundation Classic, Braelyn Pippin (Waxhaw, NC 2020) looks to continue the momentum. Pippin is T7 on the Futures National Order of Merit and has two top-ten finishes on the year.

About our Event Partner, Rocket Tour Golf

Rocket Tour Golf, whose headcovers are a College Golf Team and Tour favorite, joins the PKBGT for the sixth year as the presenting partner of the PKBGT Player’s Championship. Over the course of the partnership, the tournament’s setting has changed, with the University of Georgia hosting the event for the fifth year in a row. Rocket Tour was founded in 2004 by Helena Stanton. Their signature “Stripes” look mixes a modern bold aesthetic with a dash of classic Varsity Style, inspiring all players to “show their stripes”.

Final Thoughts

We wish all of our competitors the best of luck in Athens at the University of Georgia! The Championship event should be highly competitive on the grounds of an elite SEC program, and three fields of stiff competition!

About the PKBGT

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 450 members in 2015 and 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 mparker@pkbgt.org or 336-347-8537.