Greensboro, NCThe Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour takes on Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club from January 15-17, 2022, for the fifth annual Linville Cup Team Challenge and Leadership Retreat.

The Linville Cup is a weekend of team golf and leadership seminars designed to reward the top players of the 2021 PKBGT in each region. The retreat builds on our motto of “more than a golf tournament” by bringing together members who have excelled in the past year to Pinehurst, the home of American golf, and Pine Needles/Mid Pines GC, the home of our tour namesake.

Mentorship is a major component of the Linville Cup, with multiple opportunities for players to interact with the coaches and staff. We hope that players will take away many life lessons, a stronger sense of confidence, and friendships to build their golfing careers.

Our coaches are ex-collegiate golfers as well as women business leaders who share their experiences with the girls. The event provides a unique experience for players to stray away from tournament golf’s individual mentality and compete and develop in a team environment.

 

About the Mentor Coaches

Team Southeast (Defending Champions)

Suzy Ellison

Suzy Ellison played golf for the University of South Carolina graduating in 1983 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism-Production and Programming. She pursued a career in the golf industry, building, owning and operating practice facilities and a par three course. Suzy has an extensive background in teaching and club fitting and was a Ping Fitter of the Year in 2000. She is a retired Class A PGA/LPGA Professional and now chairs the Women’s South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation Board.

Alice Hewson Alice Hewson

Alice Hewson played golf for Clemson University graduating in 2019 with a degree in Accounting. During her time at Clemson, Hewson was the only Women’s Golf team member to earn First-team All-ACC honors for all four years she was there. Among many of her accomplishments, Alice won the 2020 Investec South African Women’s Open and the 2020 Rose Ladies Series Grand Final. She currently plays in both the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA Symetra Tour and is currently ranked 124 on the ROLEX Women’s World Golf Rankings.

 

Team North Carolina East

Abby Liebenthal Abby Liebenthal

A honors graduate of Indiana University Bloomington with a degree in Journalism, French & Psychology, Abby has set her sights on changing the face of golf. The founder of non-profit Fore the Ladies, a female-based community introducing scores of women to the game thru accessibility and approachability, much like the PKBGT. She is currently the Senior Manager of Fan Engagement for the U.S. Open.

 

Katherine Perry Hamski Katherine Perry Hamski

A 9-time PKBGT Champion, Perry attended UNC-Chapel Hill and played collegiately for the Tar Heels from 2010-2014. After an All-America career in Chapel Hill, she competed for 2 years on the LPGA Symetra Tour.  Following LPGA Q-School in 2016, Perry gained LPGA status and will be entering her 5th season on the LPGA Tour. Perry serves as an ambassador of the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour and will host the Katherine Perry Hamski Girls Tradition in March at UNC Finley Golf Club. Katherine and her husband welcomed their first child, John, in September of 2020.

 

Team National

Leila Mackie Leila Mackie

A native of Gastonia, North Carolina, Lelia is a graduate of Clemson University in the Professional Golf Management program. A Class A Professional in the PGA, Leila served as the PGA Reach Director for the Philadelphia PGA Section and is currently a Career Services Recruiting Specialist with the PGA of America and a Board Member with Women Golfers Give Back. 

Katie Kirk Katie Kirk

A 3-time PKBGT Champion, Kirk attended East Carolina University and played collegiately for the Pirates from 2011-2015. During her time at ECU, Kirk was selected by the LPGA Foundation as the 2015 Dinah Shore Trophy recipient. In addition, Kirk held the PKBGT Invitational scoring record from her win in 2011 with a 2 day total of 5-under (66-71) until last year. She is currently working in analytics as a Decision Sciences Team Lead for Truist Financial Corporation, which is the merged bank of BB&T and SunTrust and continuing to play amateur golf.

 

Team Florida

Anne Pierron

Originally from Baltimore, MD, Anne attended Trinity University, where she was a 4-year starter on the Tigers Women’s Golf team and Captain her senior year. Anne was a former Tournament Director for the PKB Girls’ Golf Tour before going back to school to study Nursing at Duke University.  She has been a labor and delivery nurse at UNC REX Hospital in Raleigh, NC, for the past 4 years. In addition to being a nurse, Anne is a member of the North Carolina Golf Panel, where she ranks golf courses for playability across the state.

Jessica Younts

Originally from Liberty, North Carolina, Jess attended nearby High Point University, where she was a 4-year starter on the Women‘s Golf team. A decorated junior golfer, the former Jessica Neese was the 2009 North Carolina Junior Girls champion and a member of the PKBGT. Jess is a former Tournament Director for the PKB Girls‘ Golf Tour before returning to High Point University where she currently is the Assistant Director of Housing Operations.

 

Team Mid-Atlantic

Peggy Rendely

A Women‘s Western Golf Foundation scholar, Peggy graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She served as a university intramural sports director while earning her Masters in Quantative Management. Returning to golf after raising a family, she returned to Argyle Country Club where she was a club champion in her youth and is an active player and volunteer. 

Anna Redding

Anna started playing golf at age 10.  She was a multi-sport athlete until solely focusing on her golf career in high school. A PKBGT Alumna, Anna was the 2014 Bell National Order of Merit champion.  Anna graduated from the University of Virginia in 2019, where she was a member of the 2016 ACC Championship team. Anna just finished her first season on the Symetra Tour finishing in the top-five three times. Redding finished tenth in the 2019-2020 Volvik Race for the Card Money List and has full status on the Symetra Tour for 2021. Also, Anna was the first woman to ever hit a competitive shot at Augusta National in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur in 2019.

 

Team North Carolina West

Charlene Johnson Charlene Johnson

A graduate of Wake Forest University, Charlene retired after 36 years in commercial banking with Wachovia and First Tennessee banks. Charlene also volunteers for the Carolina’s Golf Association as a rules official and is the Finance Chair of the Appalachian State University Foundation Board. 

Cecily Overbey Cecily Overbey

Originally from High Point, North Carolina, Cecily was a standout junior golf in the Carolinas and the PKBGT. Cecily became the 10th player in North Carolina State University Women‘s Golf history to play 100 collegiate rounds for the Wolfpack program and graduated with a Business management Degree. Cecily is currently a professional golfer on the WAPT & LPGA Symetra Tour.

Team Rosters

Each team consists of 8 players who excelled on the PKBGT in 2021; and, therefore, have been chosen to represent their region in the 5th annual Linville Cup.  Click Here to see the official Team Rosters for the 2022 Linville Cup.

 

Event Namesake

The Linville Cup is named for PKBGT Tour Founder Robert Linville. Robert is the owner/founder of Robert Linville’s Precision Golf School and co-founder of the PKBGT’s parent foundation, the Triad Youth Golf Foundation, now known as Girls Golf of America.  A PGA member for over 30 years, Robert has a passion for developing players and has taught some of the top players to come out of North Carolina in the last 20 years, including current LPGA player and PKBGT Alumnus Katherine Perry. Robert’s passion and energy for developing equity for girls in golf are why the PKBGT has grown to where it is today.

About the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour

The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour is an initiative of Girls Golf of America, a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation aimed at increasing learning and playing opportunities for youth golfers. Based out of Greensboro, North Carolina, the PKBGT offers affordable, high-quality nationally ranked girls’ golf tournaments designed to prepare junior girls’ golfers for high school and collegiate golf. The PKBGT is the nation’s largest “girls’ only” junior tour with over 1,000+ members in 2020 and 1,000+ girls having played, playing in, or committed to playing collegiate golf. Learn more about the tour at pkbgt.org or by contacting Tour Director Mike Parker at mparker@pkbgt.org or 336-347-8537.