From the circular roundabout in front of the clubhouse at DuPont Country Club, players gazed at the glory and magnitude of the former host course to the McDonald’s LPGA Championship. Standing tall, the majestic pillars on the face of the building serve as a symbol of the elegant course nestled past the front doors.
A clear Saturday sky, with only an occasional passing cloud, painted a vibrant atmosphere on the first-round canvas of the 2019 PKBGT DuPont Girls Classic. The event, formerly known as the Pennsylvania Classic, made the move into Delaware for the 2019 rendition, appointing Wilmington as the host city with the rich history of the DuPont course and the LPGA Tour.
With a less-than-promising Mother’s Day forecast predicted for Sunday, the 30 player Bell National field would test their stamina on Saturday, taking part in a 27-hole afternoon to get ahead of the predicted rainstorms tomorrow.
The 15 player Futures National field would complete their 18 holes of golf as scheduled and hope that Mother Nature gives the tour a break on the day in her honor, leaving conditions fair enough to complete the final round on Sunday.
All competitors in the weekend tournament experienced the full effect of playing on an LPGA major championship level course, though they handled the challenge with confidence. Multiple players in the Bell National field made the turn under par, and the Futures National leaders followed with impressive performances of their own.
As the first round (plus) of play wraps up, we take a look at how the leaderboard stands in both fields of competition!
Currently, atop the leaderboard in the 30 player Bell National field is Phoebe Brinker (Wilmington, DE 2020). Brinker finished the first round with a score of 70 (-2), and followed that up with a nine-hole score of 36 (E). She currently sits at two-under-par for the tournament.
In second place after the first round-and-a-half, Angelina Tolentino (Mount Laurel, NJ 2024) finished with scores of 74 and 35. Tolentino finished her final nine with a score of one-under-par.
Isabel Bae (Bristow, VA 2021) is in third place after Saturday’s rounds. Bae scored 73 (+1) in the first round and followed her performance with a 37 on the final nine. She shot a two-under-par 34 on the back nine of her first round.
Currently sitting in fourth place, Michelle Cox (Allentown, PA 2021) finished with scores of 74 (+2) and 38 (+2). Rounding out the Top Five, in a two-way-tie for fifth place is Hannah Lydic (Ocean View, DE 2022) and Samantha Yao (Berwyn, PA 2019) with scores of five-over-par. Lydic shot scores of 75 and 38, while Yao shot 78 and 35.
Leading the 15 player Futures National field following Saturday’s first round of play is Helen Yeung (Clarksville, MD 2024). Yueng made two birdies on the day including one on her second-last hole to close out the round strong.
Currently, in second place, Emily Wang (Mclean, VA 2024) finished her first round with a score of 79 (+7). Wang started her back nine in style with a birdie on the 11th hole.
Grace Smith (Wallingford, PA 2022) and Amelia Cho (Ashburn, VA 2024) finished in a tie for third place with scores of 80 (+8). Smith finished with two birdies on the day and Cho finished with one.
Rounding out the Top Finishers, in a two-way tie for fifth place was Sarah Lydic (Ocean View, DE 2024) and Sawyer Brockstedt (Rehoboth Beach, DE 2025). Each player finished with scores of 81 (+9).
Sunday’s final round is facing a soggy, sloppy prediction on the radar. We hope Mother Nature gifts the tour with a treat of dry conditions for the completion of the 2019 PKBGT DuPont Girls Classic. Will NAME hold on for the final nine in the Bell National division? Who will prevail ahead of the pack in the Futures National final-round? Be sure to follow live scoring to stay up to date on all the action!
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/.