Southern Pines, NC– The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour continued play at the 2021 PKBGT TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP at the home of the 2022 U.S. Women’s Open and our tour namesake, Ms. Peggy Kirk Bell. Day Two saw two lengthy weather delays, plenty of birdies, and a career round from Kanchana Duangsam.
Kathryn Ha (Roanoke, VA 2025) survived a barrage of birdies from her playing competitors to keep the top spot heading into tomorrow’s final round of the 2021 PKBGT TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP. Ha started her round rather shakily, making bogey on the first two holes but bounced back, shooting (-3) on the next seven holes to stay within a stroke or tied for the lead. Five names held solo or a share of the lead during one of the longest rounds this season due to weather. Ha’s birdie of fifteen and eighteen moved her one ahead of Kiera Bartholomew (Wake Forest, NC 2023).
1. Kathryn Ha (Roanoke, VA 2025) / 69 / 72 = 141 (-3)
2. Kiera Bartholomew (Raleigh, NC 2021) / 71 / 71 = 142 (-2)
3. Julia Zigrossi (Spencerport, NY 2023) / 73 / 70 = 143 (-1)
In addition to crowning the tournament champion, the season-long Bell National Order of Merit title will also be handed out after tomorrow’s round. Four players began the weekend with a shot at adding their names to the history books, Maria Atwood (Holly Springs, NC 2022), Kiera Bartholomew (Wake Forest, NC 2023), Ellen Yu (Greensboro, NC 2026), and Kathryn Ha (Roanoke, VA 2025).
Kathryn Ha’s chances have been eliminated since Atwood, Bartholomew, and Yu are all inside the top 25. Should Atwood, Bartholomew, or Yu win outright, they would also be named Bell National Order of Merit champion. Should Bartholomew finish solo second, she would be crowned Order of Merit Champion. Should Yu or Atwood finish solo second, they would need some help to win the crown.
Kanchana Duangsam (Haymarket, VA 2026) was the talk of Pine Needles during round two of the PKBGT Tour Championship. Duangsam, no stranger to low rounds, shot her career-best with the Futures National Order of Merit title on the line. Kanchana began the day three back of the overnight leader. That quickly changed. Duangsam would turn in 31 (-5) and add on to her lead with back-to-back birdies to begin her back-nine. For those counting at home, Duangsam dropped four birdies in a row! A wayward second shot into the par-five fifteenth caused one of those birdies to erase from her card. The Haymarket, VA native, will sleep soundly with a four-shot lead. Caroline Hawkins (Columbia, SC 2026) also fired a career-low round of 69 (-3) to propel her into the final pairing.
1. Kanchana Duangsam (Haymarket, VA 2026) / 73 / 66 = 139 (-5)
T2. Caroline Hawkins (Columbia, SC 2026) / 74 / 69 = 143 (-1)
T2. Jenna Kim (Raleigh, NC 2027) / 72 / 71 = 143 (-1)
In addition to crowning the tournament champion, the season-long Futures National Order of Merit title will also be handed out at the conclusion of tomorrow’s round. Three players began the weekend with a shot at the title, Jenna Kim (Raleigh, NC 2027), Kanchana Duangsam (Haymarket, VA 2026), and Ella June Hannant (Pikeville, NC 2026).
Ella June’s chances have been eliminated due to Kim and Duangsam currently positioned inside the top 10, and Ella’s current position outside the top 25. Should Jenna win tomorrow, she would also be crowned Futures National Order of Merit champion. The same could be said for Kanchana. It’s safe to assume we will be keeping our eyes on those two tomorrow, with just 4 points currently separating the duo.
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About the PKBGT
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 2020-2021 season will feature over 110 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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