On Saturday, January 5th, the 2019 Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour played the Central Florida Series Kickoff at Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course.  The 2019 kickoff event served as the beginning of the 2nd annual Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour (PKBGT)  regional series in the Central Florida region. The PKBGT is excited to be working in partnership with Insurance Office of America as the presenting sponsor of the series for the second year in a row!

These PKBGT regional events offer an innovative yardage-based divisions to girls aged 9-17. The PKBGT Series Progression allows players to progress towards playing collegiate golf by playing yardage/skill appropriate tournaments as they develop their game.

The Champion of the Prep Division of the kickoff event was Rayab Lee (Springfield, VA 2021) with a score of 86. In second place with a 92 was Taylor Ellis (Belle Isle, FL 2020) followed by Loa Johannsson (ChampionsGate, FL 2024) with a 95 and Sarah Fox (Lakeland, FL 2021) with a 96.

In the Futures Division, Abigail Fernandez (Windermere, FL 2023) won by one shot with an 86 over Darby Hancock (Sorrento, FL 2025) who posted an 87. In third place is Madilyn Saxton (Guyton, GA 2024) with an 89. Rounding out the top five with a score of 94 is Lauren Perry (New Smyrna Beach, FL 2020).

The Champion of the Discovery Division was Gracie Song (Waxhaw, NC 2026) who posted a score of one-over par 37. Just one shot behind Song was Mara King (Longwood, FL 2025) with a 38. In third place was PKBGT newcomer Briel Royce (Orlando, FL 2027) who posted a 42 in her first PKBGT event. Rounding out the top 5 in a tie for 4th place was Bretton Mackiewicz (Longwood, FL 2025) and Riley Fletcher (Winter Springs, FL 2025).

The PKBGT is back in action on February 9th at Mayfair Country Club (Sanford, FL).  Make sure to#inviteHER  to try out their first tournament FREE at a PKBGT Central Florida Series event!

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 in to 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. The Central Florida Regional Series Kickoff event features a field of 24 players from the PKB Girls’ Golf Tour, the nation’s largest “girls’ only” junior tour.

About the Insurance Office of America

With the vision “to be a family of companies that grows and leads the marketplace by serving our clients, our community, and one another,” Insurance Office of America is one of the largest, privately held agencies in the country. The company began in 1988 with $166,000 in revenue. Over the years, through client retention, growth, and the addition of first-class agents, it has grown to $181 million in revenue in 2016. In addition, IOA is the title sponsor for 3 LPGA Symetra TourEvents, the IOA Championship presented by Morongo Casino Resort and Spa, the IOA Invitational at Atlanta National Golf Club and the IOA Golf Classic at Alaqua CC. IOA also covers over 50 sports teams including the multiple teams in the NBA, NHL, NFL, WNBA and more.

To learn more about Insurance Office of America, visit: http://www.ioausa.com/

The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour is an initiative of the Triad Youth Golf Foundation, 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 450 members in 2015 and 450 girls playing in or committed to 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.

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