Pinehurst, NC – The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour traveled to historic Pine Needles in Pinehurst, NC for the Tour Championship. This is not the first championship held at Pine Needles this summer as the U.S. Women’s Open was played here in June. That was the fourth U.S. Women’s Open held at Pine Needles adding onto the 1996, 2001, and 2007 championships.
Sunday’s at the U.S. Women’s Open’s at Pine Needles never disappointed and the same can be said for Sunday’s at the PKBGT Tour Championship at Pine Needles. The weather was perfect in Pinehurst and girl’s arrived early to begin preparation for their final rounds. Tee times were set to commence at 7:30 am to begin a great day of golf!
Bridget Wilkie (Blufton, SC 2024) began the day holding a four shot lead over Kathryn Ha (Roanoke, VA 2025). After playing the first five holes in 3-over par, Ha would birdie the next three holes to bring her back to even on the day. With seven holes to play, there was three within a shot of the lead creating an exciting finish. Ha’s Pine Needle’s experience showed as she scored 38 on the back-nine helping her to successfully defended her title. Ellie Hildreth (Wrightsville Beach, NC 2025) made 16 pars and a birdie in the third round to shoot an even-par 72. This moved her into a tie for second and after a scorecard tiebreaker claimed second place. Wilkie also posted 222(+6) for the tournament and received third. Avery McCrery (Wilmington, DE 2025) scored the round of the day shooting a 70(-2) propelling her to a fourth place finish.
1. Kathryn Ha (Roanoke, VA 2025) / 71 + 76 +74 = 221 (+5)
2. Ellie Hildreth (Wrightsville Beach, NC 2025) / 77 + 73 + 72 = 222(+6)*
3. Bridget Wilkie (Blufton, SC 2024) / 69 + 74 + 79 = 222 (+6)
4. Avery McCrery (Wilmington, DE 2025) / 80 + 73 +70 = 223 (+7)
5. Macy Johnson (Salem, VA 2023) / 75 + 75 +74 = 224 (+8)*
*Indicates scorecard tiebreaker used
Zoe Cusack (Potomac, MD 2026) held the overnight lead heading into Sunday but it was anybody’s tournament with multiple players close behind. After a back-and-forth front nine, there was a three-way tie for first with nine holes to play. Ava Cottis (Savannah, GA 2025) took the outright lead with a birdie on 10 and would not make a bogey the rest of the way. She would post 70(-2) on the day and win by 5 strokes. Cusack made a closing birdie to push her into second place. Jayrin Kim (Burkeville, VA 2024) started strong playing the first six holes in 2-under and would finish in third place. Riley Grimm (Pinehurst, NC 2029) entered the day needing a good round to win the Order of Merit race. Grimm shot 73 and secured the Futures Order of Merit hardware.
1. Ava Cottis (Savannah, GA 2025) / 78 + 71 + 70 = 219 (+3)
2. Zoe Cusack (Potomac, MD 2026) / 72 + 76 + 76 = 224 (+8)
3. Jayrin Kim (Burkeville, VA 2024) / 74 +76 + 76 = 226 (+10)
4. Riley Grimm (Pinehurst, NC 2029) / 79 +75 + 73 = 227 (+11)*
5. Jordin Christine de Graaf (Virginia Beach, VA 2029) / 76 + 76 + 75 =227 (+11)
*Indicates scorecard tiebreaker used
We would like to extend our greatest thanks to the entire staff at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club for their incredible hospitality. This weekend provided a challenge for all of our competitors and we would like to congratulate all of our Top Finishers at the 2022 PKBGT Tour Championship! Thank you to all for an incredible season! We look forward to seeing everyone in October!
About the PKBGT
Founded in 2007 by the Triad Youth Golf Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, as 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 season will feature over 138 tournaments in 12+ states 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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