Greensboro, NC- The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour concluded play of the 18th annual Precision Girls Championship presented by Precision Golf School. The Tour’s best converged on the Triad at the Champions Course at Byran Park Golf Club. Bryan Park Champions Course, home of the annual Bryan Collegiate women’s golf event, always boasts one of the best fields in college golf, including the likes of Wake Forest University, Notre Dame, Furman, South Carolina, Virginia and many others each season. Day one brought loads of sunshine, fluffy rough, and sailboats. Just two players in the entire field fired a red number on the challenging Champions Course. Two of the youngest competitors in the field and natives of the Carolina’s captured the Bell and Futures National title.
Gracie Song (Waxhaw, NC 2026), the winner of PKB Tour events in both the Futures National and Prep fields, captured her first Bell title in just her second start in the division. Song, who held the overnight lead along with Layla Meric (Wesley Chapel, NC 2021) with opening rounds of 75 (+3). Through twenty-seven holes, Gracie and Anderson Women’s Golf commit Jessica Rathbone (Montpelier, VA 2020) were tied after a phenomenal outward nine for Rathbone that included three birdies. Once The Waxhaw native stepped foot onto the tenth tee, it was all over. Song birdied the tenth, twelfth and fourteenth holes en route to a one-shot victory. The low nine-hole round came from Kiera Bartholomew (Wake Forest, NC 2023), who lit up the back nine starting and ending with a birdie, plus one more on the seventeenth to close the final round with a 33 (-3).
1. Gracie Song (Waxhaw, NC 2026) / 75 / 72 = 147 (+3)
2. Layla Meric (Wesley Chapel, NC 2021) / 75 / 73 = 148 (+4)
3. Jessica Rathbone (Montpelier, VA 2020) / 76 / 73 = 149 (+5)
4. Kiera Bartholomew (Wake Forest, NC 2021) / 77 / 73 = 150 (+6)
5. Grace Ridenour (Cary, NC 2025) / 76 / 75 = 151 (+7)
Kathryn Ha (Roanoke, VA 2025) and her historic eight tournament win streak finally came to a close at the Precision Girls Championship. However, a new win streak by Madison Messimer (Myrtle Beach, SC 2025) is just underway. Messimer, champion of the PKBGT Open and Coastal Carolina Classic, ran away with the Precision Girls Championship after rounds of 71 + 72 = 143 (-1). A five-shot overnight lead did not frighten or change the young Carolinian when asked about her round two preparations during her post-round interview. “I just tried to play my game.” Messimer’s victory puts tremendous importance on the next few events to determine the Futures Order of Merit Champion between the two class of 2025 young guns as Messimer and Ha are within a few mere points from each other in the standings.
1. Madison Messimer (Myrtle Beach, SC 2025) / 71 / 72 = 147 (-1)
2. Kathryn Ha (Roanoke, VA 2025) / 81 / 70 = 151 (+7)
3. Justine Pennycooke (Cary, NC 2023) / 78 / 75 = 153 (+9)
T4. Rachel Joyce (Quakertown, PA 2026) / 80 / 74 = 154 (+10)*
T4. Kasey McIlvaine (Raleigh, NC 2023) / 78 / 76 = 154 (+10)
*Denotes Scorecard Playoff Victory
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The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour returns to action this weekend for the PKBGT Masters and the Terrapin Classic.
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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