On Friday, July 5, the 2019 Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour played the North Carolina Series at Pinewood Country Club in Asheboro, 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.
Clawing out a tough fought five-hole tiebreaker playoff, Victoria Ladd (Greensboro, NC 2019) edged Grace Ridenour (Cary, NC 2025) to take the championship in dramatic fashion! Both players posted scores of 79 (+7) to force the playoff before Ladd earned the victory. Ridenour departed Asheboro with runner-up honors.
Behind the duo of challengers who battled it out in the playoff, Tyler Spriggs (Cary, NC 2023) finished in third place on Friday afternoon. Spriggs posted an 83 (+11) on the day and closed out her round with a birdie on the final hole.
Rounding out the top four in the Prep division was Shea Smith (Charlotte, NC 2022). Smith finished in fourth place with an 87 (+15) and made one birdie at Pinewood.
If one tiebreaker playoff wasn’t good enough, the Futures division ripped out an encore performance as Emerson Dever (Durham, NC 2025) bested Katelyn Griggs (Lexington, NC 2022) by one stroke, making birdie on the second playing of the 10th hole. The pair entered bonus golf after posting regulation scores of 77 (+5).
Sadler Miller (Clayton, NC 2022) rode a strong front nine to third place, finishing with a final score of 79 (+7). She made two birdies in an even-par front nine.
Rounding out the top finishers, in fourth place was Leah Edwards (Greensboro, NC 2025). Edwards posted an 82 (+10) in her Friday afternoon performance.
Red hot with a two-under-par 34 on the afternoon, Elle Crichton (Cary, NC 2026) ran away with the Discovery division championship. Crichton went on an absolute tear, ripping out five birdies in a row in the middle of her round.
Taking home runner-up honors, Ellie Acrey (Winston-Salem, NC 2026) closed out a strong round with four pars in a row. Acrey finished with a score of 40 (+4).
Riley Grimm (High Point, NC 2028) earned a third-place finish with a score of 41 (+5). Closing out the top finishers at Pinewood Country Club, in a two-way tie for fourth place were Sanaa Carter (Jacksonville, NC 2025) and Reese Merrell (Rockwell, NC 2026). Both players finished with scores of 43 (+7).
The PKBGT North Carolina Series is back in action on Saturday, July 13 at Foxfire Resort and Golf in Foxfire Village, 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/.