On Saturday, August 24, the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour played the first round of the 2019 PKBGT Middle Atlantic Series Classic at Bowling Green CC (South) in Front Royal, VA. 

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.

Prep Division

Leading the Prep division after firing a one-over-par 72 is Ester Choi (Midlothian, VA 2021). Choi made three birdies on the day and closed out her round with five straight pars. 

In second place with a score of 73 (+2) is Rachel Detore (Fredericksburg, VA 2020). Detore posted four birdies on the afternoon including three during her even-par 36 on the back nine. 

Helen Yueng (Clarksville, MD 2024) and Melanie Walker (Burke, VA 2022) sit in a tie for third place following identical first-round scores of 75 (+4). The duo rounds out the top finishers in the Prep division following the first round. 

Futures Division 

Holding a two-stroke lead heading into Sunday’s final round, Vivien Vigliante (Leesburg, VA 2023) ripped off a 77 (+6) in her first-round performance. Vigliante closed out her round with four straight pars and looks to carry that momentum into tomorrow’s round. 

In second place, posting a first-round score of 79 (+8) is Kaurvaki Bajpai (Chantilly, VA 2023). Closing out the top finishers in the first round, Fannie Sukhumparnich (Bethesda, MD 2024) and Olivia Vigliante (Leesburg, VA 2023). Both players finished their first-round with scores of 80 (+9). 

Discovery Division

Taking the early Discovery division lead after day one, Michelle Yueng (Clarksville, MD 2027) let loose with an even-par 35 in her first-round performance. Yueng made two birdies, one of which closed out her round on the final hole. 

Sydney Neou (Leesburg, VA 2027) and Olivia Cho (Ashburn, VA 2028) are locked in a two-way tie for second place after posting matching scores of 37 (+2) in their first round. 

Capping off the day one top finishers, Katherine Yun (Ashburn, VA 2028) capitalized on a 38 (+3) to grab sole possession of fourth place. 

The girls are back at it tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. to see who prevails as champion, in each division, of the 2019 PKBGT Middle Atlantic Series Classic! 

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.

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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/.