Greensboro, NC-The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour resumed play in the Tarheel State after quite a few stays up in the DMV for the 18th playing of the Precision Girls Championship presented by Precision Golf Schools at Bryan Park Golf Club. Originally the final PKBGT Championship of the 2020 calendar, this major championship event brings the best of the Tarheel State, Virginia, South Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware to the Gate City. 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 one player in the entire field fired a red number on the challenging Champions Course.
In the Bell National division, two vets sit atop a very crowded leaderboard after opening rounds of 75 (+3). Layla Meric (Wesley Chapel, NC 2021) and Gracie Song (Waxhaw, NC 2026) hold a slim one-shot overnight lead and fifteen players within four shots of the point. Meric carded two birdies on the day, including a three on the signature thirteenth. Song carded just one birdie on the day coming on the tricky par-four tenth en-route to her first-ever Bell National overnight lead. The Waxhaw, NC native now has round recorded in three PKBGT divisions; Futures, Prep and Bell. Four sit tied at third, including the Carolina’s Classic Champion Sophie Lauture (Charlotte, NC 2024) and the Prep Order of Merit Champion Grace Ridenour (Cary, NC 2025).
T1. Layla Meric (Wesley Chapel, NC 2021) / 75 (+3)
T1. Gracie Song (Waxhaw, NC 2026) / 75 (+3)
T3. Jessica Rathbone (Montpelier, VA 2020) / 76 (+4)
T3. Gabriela Cruz (High Point, NC 2021) / 76 (+4)
T3. Sophie Lauture (Charlotte, NC 2024) / 76 (+4)
T3. Grace Ridenour (Cary, NC 2025) / 76 (+4)
Madison Messimer (Myrtle Beach, SC 2025) fired the low round under par in either division to take a five-shot lead after an opening-round 71 (-1). Messimer went out in 34 (-2) with birdies on the third, sixth and ninth, and a lone bogey on the second hole. She tallied one addition birdie on the backside on the par-four sixteenth to go in at 37 (+1). Messimer, no stranger to big-time events, won the PKBGT Open Championship Futures National division and followed suit with a title at the Coastal Carolina Classic. The Grand Strand native will be joined by Caroline Johnson (Mooresville, NC 2023) and Rocket Tour Championship winner Emerson Dever (Durham, NC 2025) after rounds of 76 (+4).
1. Madison Messimer (Myrtle Beach, SC 2025) / 71 (-1)
T2. Caroline Johnson (Mooresville, NC 2023) / 76 (+4)
T2. Emerson Dever (Durham, NC 2025) / 76 (+4)
4. Garland Gould (Raleigh, NC 2024) / 77 (+5)
Round 2 will begin Monday, July 27th, at 8:00, weather permitting.
Follow the final round at the 2020 Precision Girls 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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