Autumn is in full force and it’s hard to believe the culmination of the high school fall golf season is upon us. Weeks of dedication and perseverance in the hours of hard work put in after school paid off for many PKBGT members in State Championships that took place over the past few days.
In total, eight members of the tour won individual state champion honors and 24 members earned the title of “State Champ” as part of teams that brought home the title. We recognize the accomplishments of each incredibly talented young lady below. One thing is for certain. These girls are good.
Katherine Schuster (Kills Devil Hills, NC 2021) of First Flight High School won her second straight individual championship in this class with scores of 68-71, 139.
Lauren Denhard (Salisbury, NC 2019) and Katelyn Griggs (Lexington, NC 2022) were part of the Gray Stone Day School that won the team championship.
Ana Tsiros (Asheville, NC 2019) of Asheville High School won the individual championship in this class with scores of 70-74, 144.
Riley Hamilton (Reidsville, NC 2020), Victoria Cook (Reidsville, NC 2020), Elli Flinchum (Summerfield, NC 2022) and Olivia Peterson (Summerfield, NC 2022) brought home the fourth consecutive team championship for Rockingham County High School.
Sasha Hayes (Winston-Salem, NC 2020) won the individual championship with scores of 74-70, 144.
Hayes along with Morgan Ketchum (Winston-Salem, NC 2022) and Mary Slade White (Winston-Salem, 2019) won the team championship for Reagan High School.
Division 1 NCSIAA
Reigning PKBGT Invitational Champion Amanda Sambach (Davidson, NC 2021) added another piece of hardware to her trophy shelf, taking home the individual state championship with an impressive pair of scores at 64-71 135.
Muskan Uppal (Cornelius, NC 2019), Sophie Holland (Cornelius, NC 2020), Elena Jacoby (Huntersville, NC 2019) and Mirabella Calabrase (Cornelius, NC 2019) joined Sambach in celebrating a team championship for Cannon School.
Division 2 NCSIAA
Kelley Topiwala (Matthews, NC 2020), Bethany Welch (Matthews, NC 2023) and Annalise Dale (Charlotte, NC 2020) all contributed to the team championship for the Camel Christian School.
Isabella Rawl (Lexington, SC 2022) won the individual championship finishing with a 144 (-2).
Karlee Vardas (Lexington, SC 2021), Molly Hardwick (Lexington, SC 2022), Emily Beiers (Lexington, SC 2021) and Isabella Bernagozzi (Gilbert, SC 2022) joined Rawl in earning Lexington High School’s third straight team championship and the school’s 13th in 15 seasons.
Emma Charles (Hartsville, SC 2019) of Hartsville High School won her first golf tournament ever at the biggest stage in taking home the individual state title with a 146.
Gillian O’Brien (Clemson, SC 2019) and Emileigh Swords (Liberty, SC 2019) helped lead Daniel High School to the team state championship in this class.
Jensen Castle (West Columbia, SC 2019) of Gray Collegiate Academy took home the individual state championship with a stellar 137 (-7).
Castle and her sister Jalen Castle (West Columbia, SC 2019) combined their sibling power to lead Gray Collegiate to the team state championship.
Kendall Turner (Chesapeake, VA 2019) of Great Bridge High School won the Virginia Open State Championship with a 147.
Did you win but don’t see your name included? Let us know, we might have missed it! Send your results and we’ll be sure to give you the recognition for your incredible accomplishment that you deserve!
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 700 members in 2018 and 750 girls playing in or committed to collegiate golf. Learn more about the tour at pkbgt.org or by contacting Tour Director Mike Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-347-8537.