Wallace, NC– The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour headed to Wallace, NC for the opening round of the River Landing Girls Classic at River Landing Golf Club.
Ella June Hannant (Pikeville, NC 2026) took an early lead at the River Landing Girls Classic this afternoon. Hannant made two birdies in route to an opening 75 (+3). She leads by one over Malerie Lague (Huntersville, NC 2025) and Karsyn Roberts (Pikeville, NC 2024). Lague played very steady over the course of the round, making 14 pars. The highlight of Roberts round was her three birdies including a back-to-back pair on the 13th and 14th. Close behind are Sanaa Carter (Jacksonville, NC 2025) and Sloane Spessard (Raleigh, NC 2024). Carter opened with a round of 77 (+5) and Spessard scored 79 (+7) for her round. They sit in fourth and fifth, respectively.
1. Ella June Hannant (Pikeville, NC 2026) / 75 (+3)
T2. Malerie Lague (Huntersville, NC 2025) / 76 (+4)
T2. Karsyn Roberts (Pikeville, NC 2024) / 76 (+4)
4. Sanaa Carter (Jacksonville, NC 2025) / 77 (+5)
5. Sloane Spessard (Raleigh, NC 2024) / 79 (+7)
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The low round of the day in the Futures National division belonged to Aspen Bikowski (White Plains, MD 2027). Bikowski made two birdies during her round and holds a two shot lead. Her closest competitor is Peyton Nichols (Winterville, NC 2024) who played steady all day and avoided any large numbers to put her right in the mix heading into the final round. Elle Overly (Lititz, PA 2025) and Karoline Sweet (Moseley, VA 2028) made matching 82’s (+10) and are tied for third. Just five shots behind is Katelyn Cox (Taylors, SC 2026) who is looking to make a Sunday charge at River Landing Golf Club.
1. Aspen Bikowski (White Plains, MD 2027) / 77 (+5)
2. Peyton Nichols (Winterville, NC 2024) / 79 (+7)
T3. Elle Overly (Lititz, PA 2025) / 82 (+10)
T3. Karoline Sweet (Moseley, VA 2028) / 82 (+10)
5. Katelyn Cox (Taylors, SC 2026) / 82 (+11)
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Round 2 will begin Sunday, January 8th, at 10:00 AM, weather permitting.
Follow the final round at the River Landing Girls Classic.
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 2022-2023 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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