Just as players and parents rested their head upon the hotel pillow and closed their eyes for a nighttime rest, screeching cries of an early-morning alarm blared throughout their room, bringing the brief mid-round break to an abrupt halt.
The rapid turnaround between the completion of Saturday’s late-afternoon first-round shotgun start and Sunday’s final-round tee times at the brink of dawn left minimal opportunities to catch a breather in between the action.
With tee times set to commence at 7:30 a.m., the field of 45 returned to the Hackler Course bright and early in preparation for the final round of play. Thick humidity returned to the Coastal Carolina atmosphere on Sunday morning. Despite hitting the course early, the boiling temperatures and stagnant air flow challenged the girls to battle through exhaustion with a championship trophy in mind.
In contrast to the bustling bedlam of Saturday’s shotgun start, the lone sound resonating through the air at the start of Sunday’s final round was the sharp ping of drives off the first tee. With 18 holes left to make a push, only the home course of the Coastal Carolina University Women’s Golf team stood between the girls and a chance for the championship.
After the final putts dropped into the cup on hole 18, here’s how the leaderboard panned out at the 2019 PKBGT Coastal Carolina Classic!
For the second weekend in a row, our Bell National champion finishes the weekend in the red! Adrian Anderson (Murrels Inlet, SC 2022) entered the final round tied for first place after posting a one-under-par 71 in the first round. She matched her impressive performance with a second one-under-par 71 in as many days! Anderson finished the tournament with a two-day total score of 71, 71 = 142 (-2), taking home the glass bowl champions trophy in the 21 player Bell National field!
Finishing runner-up with a two-day total score of 71, 75 = 146 (+2) was Napat Rattanaprakarn (Kenly, NC 2020). Rattanaprakarn entered the final round in a tie with Anderson for first place and kept her scorecard relatively clean in the final round. Two double bogeys were the only hiccups in a final-round 75 (+3) which also included a birdie.
Macie Burcham (Greensboro, NC 2021) finished the Coastal Carolina Classic in third place after posting a two-day total score of 75, 73 = 148 (+4). Burcham narrowly missed an even-par final round after making the turn at one-under-par on the afternoon. She made two birdies in her Sunday round.
Not having to travel far for the weekend, Mia Gray (Conway, SC 2023) placed fourth in her hometown with a two-day total score of 75, 74 = 149 (+5). Gray was battling Burcham around the turn, posting an ever-par 36 on the front nine. She made three birdies including two on the back nine to close out her Coastal Carolina Classic performance.
Rounding out the top five in the Bell National field was Lexi Bennett (Santee, SC 2021) who posted a two-day total score of 75, 75 = 150 (+6) on the weekend. Bennett stayed consistent throughout her tournament, capped off with three birdies on an even-par back nine!
Matching Anderson in the Bell National division, McKenzie Daffin (Fayetteville, NC 2021) ran away with the championship in the 24 player Futures National field. Daffin finished the tournament in the red, posting back-to-back one-under-par scores of 71! She made three birdies in a row in the front nine of her final round, finishing with a two-day total tournament score of 142.
Locked in a three-way tie for second place were Hannah Altman (Lake City, SC 2022), Madison Messimer (Myrtle Beach, SC 2025) and Sophie Lauture (Raleigh, NC 2024). All three players posted two-day total scores of 152 (+8).
Messimer made the greatest improvement in the final round, posting an even-par 72 after her first round 80. Altman was one stroke behind, posting a first-round score of 79 followed by a 73 on Sunday. Lauture remained consistent, posting a 77 followed by a 75 in her two rounds.
Closing out the top finishers at the 2019 PKBGT Coastal Carolina Classic was Paige Paolucci (Blythewood, SC 2022). Paolucci posted a two-day total score of 79, 76 = 155 (+11). She finished the final round with four birdies!
We would like to thank the entire staff at the Hacker Golf Course for their hospitality throughout the weekend in hosting the 2019 PKBGT Coastal Carolina Classic. Congratulations to all of our top finishers this weekend!
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/.