On Monday, July 29th, the 2019 Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour played the North Carolina Series at Sapona Golf Swim & Tennis Club in Lexington, NC.
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.
Rip-roaring to the win in Lexington, Anna Howerton (Kernersville, NC 2023) was red-hot all afternoon. Following up a strong performance over the weekend in Raleigh, Howerton posted a one-under-par 70 at Sapona to claim the championship trophy!
Matching Howerton’s intensity and focus, Chloe Pittman (Davidson, NC 2020) put together an even-par 71 on Monday. Pittman sank four birdies on the afternoon, including three to kick start her day on the front nine.
In third place, posting a score of 81 (+10) was Elizabeth Lohbauer (Huntersville, NC 2021).
Rounding out the top four in the Prep division was Ainslee Conrad (Lexington, NC 2020) with a final score of 82 (+11).
Earning the victory in Lexington, Katelyn Griggs (Lexington, NC 2022) felt right at home posting a final score of 82 (+11). Griggs made a crucial birdie on the 16th hole to claim sole possession of first place.
Finishing the tournament runner-up with a final score of 83 (+12), Caroline Wright (Greensboro, NC 2023) narrowly missed forcing a tiebreaker playoff. Wright started the day off with back-to-back birdies and drained one more on the back nine.
Saia Rampersaud (Durham, NC 2025) earned a third-place finish after posting a score of 84 (+13). Rampersaud saved her best for second-last, sinking a birdie on the par-four 17th hole.
Closing up the top finishers in the Futures division, Mckenzie Weddle (Floyd, VA 2023) finished her round with a score of 87 (+16).
Edging out her competitors on Monday in the Discovery division, Elle Crichton (Cary, NC 2026) rode an even-par 35 to victory! Crichton’s three birdies proved to be the deciding factor in taking home the championship trophy at Sapona!
One stroke behind Crichton, Emily Cao (Oak Ridge, NC 2025) finished runner-up with a score of 36 (+1). Cao put together a solid round including one birdie on hole four!
In third place, posting a score of 38 (+3), was Ellie Acrey (Winston-Salem, NC 2026). Acrey carded two birdies on the day. Rounding out the top finishers, in fourth place, was Sanaa Carter (Jacksonville, NC 2025) with a score of 41 (+6).
The PKBGT North Carolina Series is back in action on Saturday, August 3 at Bermuda Run Country Club (West) in Advance, NC.
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.
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/.