On Sunday, March 3rd, the 2019 Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour played the final round of the Central Florida Series Alaqua Classic at Alaqua Country Club in Longwood, FL. The PKBGT is excited to be working in partnership with Insurance Office of America as the presenting sponsor of the series for the second year in a row!
These PKBGT regional events offer innovative yardage-based divisions to girls aged 9-17. The PKBGT Series Progression allows players to progress towards playing collegiate golf by playing yardage/skill appropriate tournaments as they develop their game.
Bringing home the trophy in the Prep Division was Caroline McConnell (South Fayette, PA 2022)! McConnell finished the tournament with a total score of 81, 83 = 164 (+22). Finishing runner-up with a two-day score of 95, 89 = 184 (+42) was Sarah Fox (Lakeland, FL 2021).
In the Futures Division, Morgan Stephens (Sanford, FL 2020) took home the championship after posting an two-day score of 83, 85 = 168 (+26). In second place was Abigail Fernandez (Windermere, FL 2023) who finished the tournament with a score of 84, 87 = 171 (+29).
McKenna Murphy (Sanford, FL 2025) improved by 15 strokes in her final round, closing the weekend with a score of 97, 82 = 179 (+37) to finish third. In fourth place with a weekend total of 94, 87 = 181 (+39) was McKenzie Coody (Orange City, FL 2024).
Rounding out the top five was Darby Hancock (Lakeland, FL 2025) with a two-day score of 99, 91 = 190 (+48).
In the Discovery Division, Mara King (Longwood, FL 2025) topped the leaderboard with a weekend total of 37, 36 = 73 (+1). Her second win of the season came at her home course where three birdies paved the way to an even-par final round. Kelsey Douglas (Orlando, FL 2027) came in second place with a two-day score of 43, 48 = 91 (+19).
Finishing in a two-way tie for third place, Briel Royce (Orlando, FL 2027) and Brynn Pressimone (Longwood, FL 2026) each finished with weekend totals of 92 (+20). Royce shot a 50 in the first round and 42 in the second round while Pressimone was consistent in shooting 46 in both rounds.
Closing out the top five was Riley Fletcher (Winter Springs, FL 2025) with a two-day score of 55, 49 = 104 (+32).
The PKBGT’s Central Florida Series takes a short break in action, returning March 30th at Rogers Park GC in Tampa, FL. Make sure to #inviteHER to try out their first tournament FREE at a PKBGT Central Florida Series event!
About the PKBGT Regional Series
One-day tournaments are designed for golfers of all skill levels but are a great place for development golfers to “get into the swing of things” playing tournament golf. The goal of One-Day Open Series events is to provide a fun and friendly tournament on a premium golf course. The Central Florida Regional Series is part of the PKB Girls’ Golf Tour, the nation’s largest “girls’ only” junior tour.
About the Insurance Office of America
With the vision “to be a family of companies that grow and lead the marketplace by serving our clients, our community and one another,” Insurance Office of America is one of the largest, privately held agencies in the country. The company began in 1988 with $166,000 in revenue. Over the years, through client retention, growth, and the addition of first-class agents, it has grown to $181 million in revenue in 2016. In addition, IOA is the title sponsor for 3 LPGA Symetra Tour Events, the IOA Championship presented by Morongo Casino Resort and Spa, the IOA Invitational at Atlanta National Golf Club and the IOA Golf Classic at Alaqua CC. IOA also covers over 50 sports teams including the multiple teams in the NBA, NHL, NFL, WNBA and more.
To learn more about Insurance Office of America, visit: http://www.ioausa.com/
About the PKBGT
Founded in 2007 by the Triad Youth Golf Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, as a local girls’ golf tour in the Triad region of North Carolina, the tour began as a simple concept: create more effective competitive playing opportunities for girls. By utilizing innovative yardage-based divisions instead of the traditional age-based format, the tour focused on developing tournament experience at the player’s pace. The 2019 season will feature over 90 tournaments in 9 states on the East Coast and with over 900 members, the PKBGT is the largest girl’s only tour in the country. Learn more about the PKBGT at http://www.pkbgt.org/.