Southern Pines, NC-On January 16-18, 2021, the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour hosted the fourth playing of the Linville Cup at Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club. A three-day regional team challenge and leadership retreat welcomed the top eight of the Storie Apparel Order of Merit of our 2020 PKBGT Regional Series to compete on six regional teams (NC WEST, NC EAST, MIDDLE ATLANTIC, VIRGINIA, SOUTHEAST, NATIONAL).
Leadership and Team Building
The weekend began on Saturday with leadership and team-building activities. Due to COVID-19, the morning was spent meeting the team captains, creating team flags, and competing in the PKB short game circuit on the driving range that included games of tic-tac-toe, golf cornhole, top golf target practice, and break the glass challenges.
Sunday Morning Matches
The modified-alternate shot format provided plenty of opportunity for great scoring for the six teams in the Sunday morning matches. In the end, NC West and Southeast were the winners of the morning, earning 5 points and six points. Tying at 4 a piece in the morning match was NC East and Mid-Atlantic. The morning’s biggest story came on the first tee ball hit on the eighth hole as Annalee Caveney holed out. Her first shot of the event!
Sunday Afternoon Matches
The big winner of the afternoon matches was Mid-Atlantic, who sealed their spot in the championship match after a dominant 6-2 victory over NC West. Joining Mid-Atlantic in the 18 hole championship match would be team Southeast. For the first time in event history, the Linville Cup will crown a champion outside of North Carolina!
In the fifth-place match, Team National versus Team NC West. In the third-place match, Team Virginia versus Team NC East.
After the conclusion of play, the forty-eight players and coaches convened for an evening of virtual fellowship and learning with special guests Robert Linville, the co-founder of the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour, and the coaches of the six Linville Cup teams. The young alumni and mentor coaches answered a panel of questions on how golf impacted their careers and life.
5th Place Match (NC West vs. National)- Team NC West defeated team National 6-2.
3rd Place Match (Virginia vs. NC East)- Another lopsided victory with team Virginia pulling away 6-2 over NC East.
1st Place Match (Southeast vs. Mid-Atlantic)- From worst to first! Team Southeast is the first team to claim the Linville Cup outside of the Tarheel State with a final score of 5-3.
About the PKBGT Regional Series
One-day tournaments are designed for golfers of all skill levels but are a great place for development golfers to “get into the swing of things” playing tournament golf. The goal of One-Day Open Series events is to provide a fun and friendly tournament on a premium golf course.
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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