On Saturday, August 3rd, the 2019 Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour played the North Carolina Series at Bermuda Run Country Club (West) in Advance, 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.
Claiming the Prep Division title, Anna Howerton (Kernersville, NC 2023) fired a round of 76 on the hazard-lined fairways of the west course at Bermuda Run Country Club, the first round host of the prestigious PKBGT Invitational in November! Howerton’s round was highlighted by a 13 pars, punching her ticket to Pinehurst this winter for the 2019 Tournament of Champions!
Just 3 strokes back in a tie for 2nd were Maiden, NC native Kayla Yang (Maiden, NC 2019) who posted a round of 79 and Florida’s Marissa Cardenas (St. Augustine, FL 2021). Kayla’s round featured 11 pars while Marissa’s round was highlighted by a birdie on the challenging 15th hole.
Rounding out the top four in the Prep division was Grace Ridenour (Cary, NC 2025) with a round of 81. Grace is currently ranked 3rd on the PKBGT Futures National Order of Merit as she heads into the Tour Championship in just a few weeks.
Paeton Phillippi (Wytheville, VA 2021) earned her first PKBGT victory of 2019 at Bermuda Run West in the Futures division with a score of 74. Phillippi, competing in a field of over 30 competitors, finished her round by birdieing her two of her three holes to take home the title.
Two strokes back finishing in second place was Kinsley Smith (Raleigh, NC 2024). Smith’s round was highlighted by a birdie on the tricky par 5 tenth hole.
Rounding out the top four in third place was Lily Rowe (Raleigh, NC 2022) with a score of 78 and McKenzie Weddle (Floyd, VA 2023) with a round of 80.
Securing her second victory on the North Carolina regional circuit, Sanaa Carter (Jacksonville, NC 2025) blitzed the field with a solid round of two-over par 38. Carter’s round was bookended by two birdies, on the first and final holes of her round.
Finishing in second place, Alexandra Kennedy (Arden, NC 2026) posted a 47 (+11) at Bermuda Run West. Miraya Lurie (Raleigh, NC 2027) came in third place, one stroke behind, with a 48 (+12).
Rounding out the top finishers in the Discovery division, Gabriella Moorehead (Burlington, NC 2027) came in fourth place posting a 49 (+13).
The PKBGT North Carolina Series is back in action on Tuesday, August 6th at Pine Island Country Club in Charlotte, 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/.
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