On Friday, June 21, the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour played the 2019 PKBGT North Carolina Series at Bryan Park Golf Course (Players) in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Whirling winds left golfers at Bryan Park Golf Course to question whether the Players course was in the direct path of a rumbling trainlike tornado on Thursday afternoon. The skies opened up with the wrath of a rushing waterfall, shocking strikes of lightning stretched cloud to ground, and the course transformed into a river.
Luckily, for the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour, the North Carolina Series at Bryan Park Golf Course (Players) wouldn’t take place until Friday and the vicious storm blew away the humidity. Celebrating Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year brought glaring sunshine and a refreshing breeze to Greensboro.
Just a short drive down the road from PKBGT headquarters, the North Carolina Series gathered at Bryan Park for an afternoon under the sun. The field of 56 competed in three divisions: Prep division at 5,800 yards, Futures division at 5,260 yards and Discovery division at 1,875 yards.
The 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.
Following a pristine day on the course, let’s take a look at how the leaderboard panned out!
Taking home the first-place trophy in the 17 player Prep division was Emilia Pack (Browns Summit, NC 2019). Playing on her home course, Pack rode a one-under-par 35 on the back nine to propel herself to the top of the leaderboard. She added an Eagle on the second hole of competition to start off her afternoon and finished the round with a final score of 74 (+2).
Anna Howerton (Kernersville, NC 2023), Trinity Muthomi (Kernersville, NC 2022) and Emily Brubaker (Raleigh, NC 2020) rounded out the top four in a three-way tie for second place with scores of 76 (+4) .
Howerton broke out to a hot start with an eagle on the second hole, in the midst of a one-under-par 35 on her front nine. She made four birdies in addition to her eagle on the afternoon.
Muthomi also made four birdies in her round on Friday. She split the course with two on the front nine and two on the back. Brubaker set her pace on the front nine, turning at even-par 36. She made three birdies throughout her entire round.
Leading the pack in the 33 player Futures division was Madison Srinivasa (Raleigh, NC 2021). Srinivasa posted a score of 79 (+7) at Bryan Park on Friday afternoon. She made a birdie on the 12th hole.
Finishing runner-up was Kristyn Page (King, NC 2023) who shot an 80 (+8) on the day. Page closed out her front nine with a birdie and one more on the 17th hole.
Closing out the top four in the Futures division, in a two-way tie for third place, was Leah Edwards (Greensboro, NC 2025) and Kinsley Smith (Raleigh, NC 2024). Both girls posted scores of 81 (+9).
Edwards found her best success early on, with a birdie on the second hole. Smith made eagle on the same hole and tacked on a birdie at the 13th green.
A familiar face sang the sweet song of victory yet again in the eight-player Discovery division. Gracie Song (Waxhaw, NC 2026) added another victory to her resume, posting a three-under-par 33 in her round on Friday. She dropped three birdies to earn the win at Bryan Park.
Just one stroke behind Song, Jenna Kim (Raleigh, NC 2027) finished runner-up in Greensboro. Kim also finished in the red, posting a two-under-par 34. Kim kicked off her afternoon with back-to-back birdies and tacked on one more on the seventh hole.
Emily Cao (Oak Ridge, NC 2025) kept with the pace, finishing the afternoon with an even-par 36 on her scorecard. Cao made two birdies in her first four holes, earning third place honors on the Players Course.
Rounding out the top four in the Discovery division, Sadie Mecham (Winston-Salem, NC 2025) cruised to a fourth-place finish after posting a score of 38 (+2). Mecham sank two birdies on the afternoon, including the ninth hole to close our her round.
The PKBGT North Carolina Series is back in action on Monday at Mill Creek GC in Mebane, North Carolina.
About the PKBGT Regional Series
Regional 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 Regional 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/.