Hilton Head Island, SC-The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour headed to the Palmetto State for the Regional Tournament of Champions hosted at Palmetto Dunes Golf Resort at the Arthur Hills Golf Course in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. To be eligible for this prestigious event, participants had to win an event in one of the PKBGT six regional pods. The field consisted of players from thirteen states up and down the east coast and the commonwealth of Kentucky, and the state of Illinois.
Yedam Leeving nothing to chance
Yedam Lee (Lawrenceville, GA 2021) is the first of the 2021 season to capture victories in her first three starts after running away with the Prep Preview title at the Regional Tournament of Champions. Yedam won the season kick-off at the Atlanta Girls Classic and followed just two weeks later at the Georgia Highlands Girls Classic at Cateechee Golf Club. Lee began the final round one shot off the overnight leader, Kayla Maletto (Sinking Springs, PA 2024). Lee shot 76 (+4) on Saturday.
Making a charge wasn’t necessary for the senior from Lawrenceville, GA. She simply needed to play her game as the players around her struggled on the challenging Arthur Hills Golf Course at Palmetto Dunes Golf Resort in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Lee’s final round was six shots better than her nearest playing partner. Yedam carded three birdies on her card and an eagle on the par-five thirteenth, known by many in the field as the alligator hole. Just thirty feet off the green on Saturday, a rather large alligator could be seen sunning for most of the day. As Lee walked off the eighteenth green after her round of 70 (-2), she won by a commanding ten shots.
Finishing runner-up was Avery McCrery (Wilmington, DE 2025), the Delaware Valley Futures Storie Order of Merit winner at (+12).
1. Yedam Lee (Lawrenceville, GA 2021) / 76 / 70 = 146 (+2)
2. Avery McCrery (Wilmington, DE 2025) / 76 / 80 = 156 (+12)
3. Mary Grace Dunigan (Kennet Square, PA 2023) / 79 / 78 = 157 (+13)
4. Karsyn Roberts (Pikeville, NC 2024) / 82 / 76 = 158 (+14)
Fresh off a second-place finish in her first eighteen-hole event on the PKBGT, Ella June Hannant (Pikeville, NC 2027) followed with a wire-to-wire victory at the Futures National Regional Tournament of Champions. Hannant opened the Regional Tournament of Champions with a round of 72 (E) and held a one-shot overnight lead over Caroline Hawkins (Columbia, SC 2026). Ella June carded two birdies on her front nine to go out in 35 (-1) and home in 37 (+1) on Saturday. On Sunday, Hannant, like the majority of the field, found trouble on the seventeenth hole. Still, she managed to fend off any hope from Hawkins, Grimm, or the rest of the field en route to her maiden National Series title for the youngster from Pikeville, NC. Finishing runner-up was Caroline Hawkins at (+8), four shots behind Ella June. Jumping up two spots to finish third was Madilyn Saxton (Guyton, GA 2025), who followed her round one with a round of 77 (+5).
1. Ella June Hannant (Pikeville, NC 2027) / 72 / 76 = 148 (+4)
2. Caroline Hawkins (Columbia, SC 2026) / 73 / 79 = 152 (+8)
3. Madilyn Saxton (Guyton, GA 2025) / 79 / 77 = 156 (+12)
4. Riley Grimm (Pinehurst, NC 2028) / 75 / 82 = 157 (+13)
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The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour returns to action after the Thanksgiving holiday for the PKBGT National Tournament of Champions at Forest Creek Golf Club.
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 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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