Leading up to Monday’s North Carolina Series event, competitors and spectators geared up for a sweltering afternoon at Mill Creek Golf Course. Just several days prior, many familiar faces closed out their round in a swirling, yet soothing wind at Bryan Park Golf Course.
Though sunshine was far from absent, the fresh air in Mebane paired with a pleasant breeze kept conditions manageable for an afternoon of golf. The field of 35 members competed in one of three divisions: Prep division at 5,711 yards, Futures division at 5,147 yards and Discovery division at 1,779 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.
After 18 (or 9) riveting holes of competition, let’s take a look at how the leaderboard panned out following Monday’s round!
Making the short trip west, Ella Perna (Durham, NC 2022) departed Mebane with a first-place trophy after winning the Prep division title. Perna posted a score of 75 (+3) on the afternoon, dropping a pair of birdies on the front nine. She closed out her round with two additional birdies on the back nine.
Finishing runner-up, Sophie Lauture (Raleigh, NC 2024) fell one stroke short of forcing a tiebreaker playoff. Lauture made three birdies in a row from the 12th hole through the 15th hole. She finished Monday’s competition with a final score of 76 (+4).
Challenging both Perna and Lauture throughout the afternoon, Chloe Pittman (Davidson, NC 2020) finished in third place. Pittman ended her day with a score of 77 (+5) and posted two birdies in her round.
Rounding out the top four, Emily Matthews (Mebane, NC 2023) posted a score of 78 (+6) at Mill Creek. The hometown showing started off slow, but Matthews regained her form, making two birdies on an even-par back nine. She earned a fourth place finish with her performance on Monday.
Stealing the show at Mill Creek, Kinsley Smith (Raleigh, NC 2024) rode a 76 (+4) to victory on Monday afternoon. Smith set the pace early with a one-under par front nine which featured two birdies. She added one final birdie on the back nine en route to victory.
Joining the Smith’s party, Brooke Smith (Morrisville, NC 2022) finished runner-up, two strokes behind Kinsley. Smith dropped three birdies on the afternoon, including two on her front nine.
Leah Edwards (Greensboro, NC 2025) cracked the top finishers for her second tournament in a row. Edwards earned a third place finish after posting a score of 84 (+12).
In fourth place, rounding out the top finishers, was Haylie George (Cary, NC 2021). George posted a score of 86 (+14) for her round.
Her second place finish at Bryan Park now a distant memory, Jenna Kim (Raleigh, NC 2027) jumped to the top of the leaderboard, taking home the championship in the Discovery division. Kim posted a final score of 37 (+9) in her round at Mill Creek Golf Course. Her peak moment of the day came with a birdie at the seventh hole.
Riley Grimm (High Point, NC 2028) earned runner-up honors after posting two-over par 38 on the afternoon. Grimm made six straight pars to open her round, riding the hot start to second place.
Finishing in third place with a score of 39 (+3) was Ellie Crichton (Cary, NC 2026). Crichton found her stride with a birdie on the fourth hole. Closing out Monday’s top finishers was Ellie Acrey (Winston-Salem, NC 2026). Acrey was on fire, posting three birdies through her nine holes of competition. She earned fourth-place honors after finishing with a score of 41 (+5).
The PKBGT North Carolina Series is back in action on Saturday at Anderson Creek GC in Spring Lake, 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/.