Wicked weather and wet conditions pushed North Carolina’s Vicki DiSantis Qualifier at Siler City CC back until Monday, April 22, now to be held at Carolina Trace Country Club. Though droplets were falling when players arrived at Green Valley Country Club in Greenville, SC on Saturday, South Carolina wasn’t going to let Mother Nature rain on their parade and an attempt to qualify for the prestigious CGA girls championship event.
Named after long-time CGA and PKB girls’ golf supporter, Vicki DiSantis, the CGA’s Vicki DiSantis Girls’ Championship will be held at Pine Island Country Club in Charlotte, NC on May 11-12, 2019. The field of 45 in Greenville was competing to earn a spot in the event through the PKBGT’s South Carolina qualifier, in partnership with the CGA.
Prior to the start of the tournament, the number of exemptions increased so that the Top 13 finishers and ties would secure their spot in the championship event at Pine Island next month. With additional spots in play, the girls headed to the practice facilities to prepare for 18 holes of heated competition, fully aware of the extraordinary performance it would take to make the cut.
The Vicki DiSantis Girls Championship annually brings together the top-ranked girls golf talent in both of the Carolinas, so it came as no surprise to see familiar faces of PKB top finishers from 2019 on the course Saturday.
Storming out of the gates like North Carolina’s weather the previous night, Katelyn Lee (Easley, SC 2020) wasted no time jumping out to an early lead. Making the turn after shooting a 34 (-2), Lee was riding the momentum of three birdies on her front. Two additional birdies put Lee at four-under-par with four holes to play. Though she hit a few bumps in the road with a tough three-hole stretch, Lee held on for an impressive even-par round of 72, an exemption into the Vicki DiSantis Girls Championship, and honors as the champion of the CGA/PKBGT Vicki DiSantis Qualifier!
One-stroke behind Lee, Cindy Song (Charlotte, NC 2023) finished the afternoon runner up after scoring a 73 (+1). A flawless front nine left Song at even-par coming through the turn. Her birdie at hole 13 made a push for an under-par finish, but back-to-back bogeys on the subsequent two holes left her in position for second place. Along with a PKBGT trophy, Song earned her exemption into the CGA’s championship event in May.
Closing out the Top Three finishers at Green Valley, Madison Logan (Brasstown, NC 2022) finished in third place with a score of 76 (+4). Logan closed out her front nine with a birdie and that success carried over to the remainder of her round. A birdie on the par-5 hole No. 16 secured her third-place finish and a spot in the Vicki DiSantis Girls’ Championship!
Other Players to Earn Exemptions
4. Emily Song (Charlotte, NC 2019) 78 (+6)
5. Gabriela Cruz (High Point, NC 2021) 79 (+7)
T6. Ashley Looper (Marietta, SC 2019) 80 (+8)
T6. Madison Lynn Dixon (Inman, SC 2023) 80 (+8)
T8. Sydney Roberts (Chesnee, SC 2022) 81 (+9)
T8. Abby Franks (Roebuck, SC 2023) 81 (+9)
T8. Katelyn David (Waxhaw, NC 2019) 81 (+9)
T8. Elizabeth Lohbauer (Huntersville, NC 2021) 81 (+9)
T12. Nicole Nash (Charlotte, NC 2023) 82 (+10)
T12. Hailey Pendleton (Waxhaw, NC 2020) 82 (+10)
We want to thank all of the staff at Green Valley Country Club for hosting this year’s qualifier! We would also like to thank the CGA for their partnership in putting on the event. Congratulations to all of the girls who earned their exemption into the 14th Vicki DiSantis Girls Championship!
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/.