After a heated season of play, the 2022-2023 PKBGT National Series is nearing its conclusion. The season kicked off in October, spanned 11 months, and traveled to eight states. Now, only one tournament remains: the PKBGT Tour Championship at Pine Needles. This week top players on the Bell National and Futures National Order of Merit standings will head to Pinehurst to determine the champions from the season-long Order of Merit race. Though we have an exciting week to close out the 2023 PKBGT season, the 2024 tour season looms just around the corner.
Today, the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour is excited to officially open registration for the 2024 season! The strongest fields on the tour will be welcomed back to some of the best facilities the East Coast has to offer and we can’t wait to see what the 2024 season has in store on the PKBGT.
The PKBGT fall and winter season is highlighted by five major events, prior to the new year, where the best junior players compete to join lists of illustrious former champions of current collegiate and LPGA players! The race is on to earn spots into these fields, play against the top junior players in the country, and claim a spot into PKBGT history!
the 15th PKBGT Invitational (Nov. 4-6)
For the 6th consecutive year, the PKBGT Invitational will be played at Bermuda Run Country Club. The PKBGT Invitational is the premier event on the tour schedule and continually brings the top players on the East Coast creating one of the strongest fields in the country. Players can earn spots into the 15th PKBGT Invitational by excellent play on the PKBGT and throughout the year in junior girl’s golf. Keep your eyes on the lookout for qualification criteria information!
About the Course – Bermuda Run Country Club
Bermuda Run has been a leading Triad private club with its 36 holes of championship golf. It is ranked 2nd in the Carolina’s Top Ranked Courses by Triad Business. The East Course has hosted several prestigious events such as a US Women’s Open sectional qualifier, a Carolina’s Women Amateur, a NC Senior Open, and has hosted the Monday qualifier for the PGA Tour’s Wyndham championship multiple times. In the past, the best have come to play at Bermuda Run and that tradition will continue in November when it hosts The 15th PKBGT Invitational.
2023 NB3/PKBGT Girls National Championship (Nov. 9-11)
The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour and Notah Begay III have been excited to continue working together to host the second ever all Girls National Championship that will be broadcasted on the Golf Channel. 100+ girls who qualify through regional qualifiers from across the country will compete in the 54-hole event. With the featured National Championship on the Golf Channel, over 100 girls will gain exposure at the national level as well as the thousands who played in the regional qualifiers.
About the Course – Koasati Pines at Coushatta Resort
The 2023 Girls National Championship will take place at Koasati Pines Golf Club at Coushatta Resort. Koasati Pines is tucked in the wetlands of Southwest Louisiana and surrounded by majestic pines and oak trees. Consistently ranked one of the premier links in Louisiana, Koasati Pines received national praise when Golf Advisor ranked it the 18th golf course in the United States. This beautiful course will set a superb stage to crown the inaugural girls National Champion and highlight the nation’s best young girl’s golfers.
6th Regional Tournament of Champions (Nov. 18-19)
The Regional Tournament of Champions returns to seaside Palmetto Dunes Resort in 2023 for its sixth installment. Players will qualify for the event by having performed well in the 2023 PKBGT regional events and the Order of Merit Points race helping to compile one of the strongest fields of the season. Champions from every PKBGT regional event automatically earn invitations to the event creating a field of the best players in the 2023 PKBGT regional series!
About the Course – Palmetto Dunes Resort (Arthur Hills Course)
The unique Arthur Hills course at Palmetto Dunes provides beautiful topography and views throughout the course helping it recently to be named one of “The 30 Best Courses You Can Play in South Carolina.” The natural setting attracts dozens of species of birds as well as alligators and deer. One of the many unique features of the Arthur Hills course is the historic Hilton Head Range Light Station which served as the lighthouse of the Port Royal Sound in the late 1800’s. This course will shine a light on the top Regional players in the country this November!
11th National Tournament of Champions (Dec. 9-10)
The National Tournament of Champions will be played at Forest Creek Golf Club for the fourth consecutive year. Players qualify for this exclusive field by being a top performer in 2022-2023 PKBGT National Series events and Order of Merit Point races. Champions of every PKBGT National series event automatically earn a spot into the field. Thus setting up a competitive 36-hole event featuring the best players on the National Series with a champion of champions being crowned at Forest Creek!
About the Course – Forest Creek Golf Club (South Course)
Tom Fazio carved the South Course out of the wispy pines of Pinehurst and was inspired by Augusta National’s layout leading to the rolling, natural look players see today. Golf Digest named the course the third-best new residential course in the country when it opened and Pinehurst Magazine has selected the South Course as the second-best golf experience in the Pinehurst area as voted on by golf professionals. Come December, prestigious Forest Creek will welcome the best National Series players in the country!
2023 Regional Invitational (Dec. 16-17)
The top finishers in seven different PKBGT Regions across the country will come together to compete at the 2023 Regional Invitational. Players will earn invitations to the tournament by performing well in the Storie Apparel Order of Merit list and in regional events. Be on the lookout for exemption information and for an invitation to Woodside!
About the Course – Woodside Country Club
With 36 holes of championship golf and a nine-hole par-three course, golf pros and novices alike will enjoy this Club’s challenge and natural beauty. Both Rees Jones and Bob Cupp have applied unique imagination in building two signature courses indelibly inscribed upon the beauty of the natural terrain.
The play’s maximum enjoyment is derived from attention to detail and diligence in course management. The courses blend perfectly into the forest setting of towering pines, more than 60 acres of lakes, natural dogwoods and colorful native flowering plants. The pristine environment, coupled with its unmatched challenge, make our courses stand apart from all other Aiken golf courses.
What’s Coming Next?
The 2024 fall/winter PKBGT National schedule has been released and registration is now open! Click here to view the schedule and register for next season’s events today! The completion of the 2024 National Schedule will be released later this winter. The PKBGT team is looking forward to the exciting close of the 2022-2023 National Series and to get the 2023-2024 season started!
Founded in 2007 by Girls Golf of America, a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, 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 2022-23 season will feature over 110 tournaments in 10+ states on the East Coast, and with over 1,500 members, the PKBGT is the largest girl’s only tour in the country. Learn more about the PKBGT at http://www.pkbgt.org/.