On Saturday, September 7th, the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour played the 2019 North Carolina Series One-day at the Country Club of Whispering Pines in Southern Pines, 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.
Taking home the Prep Division title for her first victory of the Prep North Carolina Series, Grace Ridenour (Cary, NC 2025) finished with a score of 75 and a round that was highlighted by 3 birdies and 9 pars. With her first place finish, Ridenour has earned her invitation into the 2019 Prep Invitational where she will compete for a spot in the prestigious 2019 PKBGT Invitational!
Finishing in second place, just two strokes behind Ridenour, was another Cary native – Olivia Renville (Cary, NC 2020) – who posted a solid round of 77. Renville’s round of five-over-par featured two birdies and nine pars.
In a tie for third place at the Country Club of Whispering Pines was 2019 Futures National Order of Merit Champion Sophie Lauture (Charlotte, NC 2024) and McKenzie Daffin (Fayetteville, NC 2021). Both girls posted rounds of 78.
Rounding out the top five was Ellen Yu (High Point, NC 2025) who posted a round of 79.
Taking home her first PKBGT victory, Kirstyn Page (King, NC 2023) posted a round of 81 to win the North Carolina One-Day event at the CC of Whispering Pines by two shots. Page’s round, which was highlighted by birdies on the seventh and tenth holes, earned her a spot in the 2019 PKBGT Tournament of Champions and the 2019 Futures Invitational!
Just two strokes back, finishing in second place, was Kaitlyn Rand (Raleigh, NC 2022) with a round of 83. Rand closed her round out with a birdie on the 18th to finish in a solo second place by one shot!
In a tie for third place were Mckenzie Weddle (Floyd, VA 2023) and Caroline Wright (Greensboro, NC 2023) with a round of 84.
Rounding out the top five in a tie for fifth were Jessica Martinho-Stansbury (Raleigh, NC 2023), Summer Stephens (Waxhaw, NC 2024) and Brooke Smith (Morrisville, NC 2022) with a round of 85.
Coming out on top of a full field of Discovery players was Ellie Acrey (Winston-Salem, NC 2026) after carding a round of 39. Finishing one stroke ahead of the pack, Acrey posted a par on six of the nine holes played. With her first place finish at the Country Club of Whispering Pines, Acrey has secured her spot in the 2019 Discovery Invitational this November!
Finishing just one stroke behind Acrey was Genesis Lewis (Durham, NC 2026) with a round of 40. Lewis’ top finish of the season was highlighted by a birdie on the second hole.
In a tie for third place were Gabriella Moorehead (Burlington, NC 2027) and Elle Crichton (Cary, NC 2026) who both posted a round of 42.
Rounding out the top five finishers of the event in a tie for fifth were Sanaa Carter (Jacksonville, NC 2025) and Alexandra Kennedy (Arden, NC 2026) with a round of 44.
2019 North Carolina Regional Series Finale
Don’t miss out on the culmination event of the 2019 North Carolina Regional Series, the series finale at Colonial Country Club on September 28-29! This event, a 1.5X order of merit points multiplier, closes THIS MONDAY, September 9th!
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/.