Orlando, FL- The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour concluded play in Disney’s land for the annual Disney Girls Classic. This year, the event was contested at the Disney Palms Course. One of Orlando’s most praised golf facilities, the Disney Girls Classic welcomed thirty-six competitors from twelve states for the first event after the new year on the PKBGT.
Justine Pennycooke (Cary, NC 2023) continued her wonderful start to the 2021 wraparound season with a wire-to-wire victory at the Disney Girls Classic. In the ’21 season, Justine has finished T6 at the National Tournament of Champions, 8th at the Peggy Kirk Bell Junior, and now her first National Series title. Pennycooke made the lone eagle in the two days of play on the par-five fourteenth on Saturday. The Cary, NC native began round two a shot ahead of Mia Hammond (New Albany, OH 2026) and Tanvi Samayam (Hillsborough, NJ 2024). Justine stepped away from the field after her front nine going out in 34 (-2). Pennycooke never looked back, shooting a final round score of 73 (+1) for a two-stroke victory.
Finishing runner-up in the Prep division was Mia Hammond (New Albany, OH 2026) at (+5), and third was Saia Rampersaud (Durham, NC 2025) at (+8).
1. Justine Pennycooke (Cary, NC 2023) / 74 / 73 = 147 (+3)
2. Mia Hammond (New Albany, OH 2026) / 75 / 74 = 149 (+5)
3. Saia Rampersaud (Durham, NC 2025) / 77 / 75 = 152 (+8)
4. Sophia Sarrazin (Westport, CT 2023) / 79 / 74 = 153 (+9)
Following in the footsteps of the Prep Preview champion, Darby Hancock (Lakeland, FL 2025) fired one shot better from Saturday to the final round en route to a wire-to-wire victory. The Central Florida Store Order of Merit Futures Champion closed the Disney Girls Classic with a 77 (+5). The Lakeland, FL native opened day one with a 78 (+6). When the final putt fell on the eighteenth green, Darby won by a single shot. Hancock went on a birdie run today, circling back-to-back numbers on holes twelve and thirteen. Like the first round, Bretton Mackiewicz (Longwood, FL 2025) disagreed with the eighteenth hole, which cost her a shot in a playoff with her fellow Floridian. Rounding out the top three was Yvette O’Brien (Greenwich, CT 2025).
1. Darby Hancock (Lakeland, FL 2025) / 78 / 77 = 155 (+11)
2. Bretton Mackiewicz (Longwood, FL 2025) / 79 / 77 = 156 (+12)
3. Yvette O’Brien (Greenwich, CT 2025) / 80 / 79 = 159 (+15)
4. Hannah Booth (Oviedo, FL 2025) / 81 / 81 = 162 (+18)
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The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour returns to action next week in Kiawah Island for the Kiawah Resorts Girls Classic at Oak Point.
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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