Pinehurst, NC-The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Tour headed to Forest Creek Golf Club as champions and top performers of the past season gather for the 10th PKBGT Tournament of Champions. The girls will take to one of the most prestigious golf clubs in North Carolina at Forest Creek Golf Club as they battle for the ultimate title: Champion of the Champions.
Saturday belonged to Kiera Bartholomew (Wake Forest, NC 2023). The future Virginia Cavalier played her front-nine bogey-free and in 3-under. She made three more on the back on her way to an opening 67 (-5) giving her a three-shot lead heading into Sunday. Closest to Kiera is Elsie MacCleery (Crozet, VA 2025). Elsie got hot in the middle of her round Saturday, playing holes 7 through 16 in 5-under par. She ended up finishing the day with a 2-under 70. Joining Elsie and Kiera in the final group tomorrow is Avery McCrery (Wilmington, DE 2025). The 2022 PKBGT/NB3 Junior National Champion got off to a low start but played her final eight holes in 1-under and shot even par. The penultimate pairing of Alisa Davidova (Roanoke, VA 2027), Paris Fieldings (Chesapeake, VA 2023), and Kathryn Ha (Roanoke, VA 2025) are all within striking distance and are looking to put together a low round on Sunday and claim the championship trophy!
1. Kiera Bartholomew (Wake Forest, NC 2023) / 67 (-5)
2. Elsie MacCleery (Crozet, VA 2025) / 70 (-2)
3. Avery McCrery (Wilmington, DE 2025) /72 (E)
4. Alisa Davidova (Roanoke, VA 2027) / 73 (+1)
T5. Paris Fieldings (Chesapeake, VA 2023) / 74 (+2)
T5. Kathryn Ha (Roanoke, VA 2025) / 74 (+2)
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The Prep Preview division is much more tight with 10 players within four of the lead including five within one stroke of the lead! Setting the pace was Bretton Mackiewicz (Longwood, FL 2025) and one of the youngest in the field Riley Grimm (Pinehurst, NC 2028). Both girls played very consistent and similar rounds on Saturday. They both made a birdie and 14 pars on the day for rounds of 74 (+2). Three are tie for third as Sophie Cao (McLean, VA 2027) and Cailynn Winford (Mooresville, NC 2023) both made three birdies in their opening round. Kathryn DeLoach (Athens, GA 2026) started off hot birdieing her second hole and then holing out for eagle on her fifth hole of the day. All three sit one back with 18 to play and have the fire power to go low and claim the title tomorrow!
T1. Riley Grimm (Pinehurst, NC 2028) / 74 (+2)
T1. Bretton Mackiewicz (Longwood, FL 2025) / 74 (+2)
T3. Sophie Cao (McLean, VA 2027) / 75 (+3)
T3. Kathryn DeLoach (Athens, GA 2026) / 75 (+3)
T3. Cailynn Winford (Mooresville, NC 2023) / 75 (+3)
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The stage is set for what should be another fun and exciting conclusion to the PKBGT Tournament of Champions! Every player has shown they have what it takes to get it done under pressure this year and we can’t wait to see what another Sunday in Pinehurst has in store for the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour tomorrow!
Round 2 will begin Sunday, December 11, at 9:30 AM, weather permitting.
Follow the final round at the 10th PKBGT National Tournament of Champions.
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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