Myersville, MD-The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf headed back to the DMV for the final Championship event of the Mid-Atlantic at Musket Ridge Golf Club for the Mid-Atlantic Girls Championship. Seven states are represented in the two divisions, including Rhode Island, Louisiana, Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania. Musket Ridge Golf Club, voted Maryland’s most scenic golf course, will welcome some of the area’s best for a showdown in the rolling hills of Maryland. The field dealt with wind gusts of nearly 2o mph throughout the round. Just one player in either division finished under par.
In the Bell division, Lauren Jones (Newtown, Square, PA 2021) fired the low tournament round after her opening round of 71 (-1). Jones, carded three birdies, thirteen pars, and two bogeys in her opening round. Jones capitalized on a lucky break on the par-five seventh when her second shot bounced towards a tree just to the left of the green, “I hit my spot with my chip and walked out of there with a birdie,” said Jones after she signed her card earlier this afternoon. The Newtown Square native followed suit with another birdie on the seventh. Strategic club selection and picking the appropriate landing zones were necessary during the blistering winds across the Maryland hillside. Jones succeeded in both categories and holds a one-shot overnight lead. Jones is vying for her first-ever PKBGT title. Shoshana Zuck (Derwood, MD 2022) sits just one stroke behind Jones after her opening round of 72 (E). Zuck and Gianna Pappa (Foster, RI 2025) will join Lauren Jones in the final pairing.
1. Lauren Jones (Newtown Square, PA 2021) / 71 (-1)
2. Shoshana Zuck (Derwood, MD 2022) / 72 (E)
3. Gianna Pappa (Foster, RI 2025) / 73 (+1)
T4. Amanda Phillips (New York, NY ) / 74 (+2)
T4. Christina Carroll (Bear, DE 2020) / 74 (+2)
T4. AnPhi Lee (Frederick, MD 2022) / 74 (+2)
Akshitha Vermuru (Herndon, VA 2021) takes the overnight lead over a packed leaderboard thanks to her opening round 76 (+4). During Vermuru’s post-round interview, the Herndon, VA native, said her approach shots made the difference in the round, which included one birdie on the risk-reward par-four eleventh. Vermuru nearly drove the green off the tee, flipped a ball out of the greenside bunker that landed on the green like a butterfly with sore feet before tapping in the birdie. Looking in Vermuru’s rearview is Kathryn Ha (Roanoke, VA 2025), winner of the last five Futures National event, sits just two shots off the lead. Playing alongside Vermuru and Ha in the final pairing is the younger Papa sister Vinny Pappa (Foster, RI 2026).
1. Akshitha Vermuru (Herndon, VA 2021) / 76 (+4)
2. Kathryn Ha (Roanoke, VA 2025) / 78 (+6)
T3. Maddie Elias (Purcellville, PA 2021) / 79 (+7)
T3. Vinny Pappa (Foster, RI 2026) / 79 (+7)
T3. Cameron Freund (Bethesda, MD 2023) / 79 (+7)
T3. Cameron Hiek (Great Falls, VA 2023) / 79 (+7)
Round 2 will begin Tuesday, July 21st, at 10:28 AM, weather permitting.
Follow the final round at the 2020 MAG Championship.
About the PKBGT
Founded in 2007 by Girls Golf of America, 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 2020 season will feature over 1110 tournaments in 9 states on the East Coast, and with over 1,000 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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