Avery McCrery (Wilmington, DE 2025) kicked off this debut event at The Links at Perry Cabin in style, firing an opening-round 68 (-4) that included four birdies on her front nine. The Wilmington, DE native picked up two more on her way home to lead by ten shots after the first round. The putts wouldn’t drop for the overnight leader during the second round, but her lengthy lead kept her clear of the field after her final round 78 (+6). This is Avery’s second victory of the season, winning the Kandi Comer Girls Classic, another inaugural event, earlier this season in the western corner of Virginia.
It was certain before we teed off the Futures National division that we’d be crowning a first-time winner on the Links at Perry Cabin. After the opening round, it appeared the title would be handed to Danielle Higbee (Mickelton, NJ 2025) thanks to her (+3) round of 75 that included three birdies. However, like the Bell National leader, Higbee couldn’t keep the lead, allowing Marina Lin (McLean, VA 2025) to take the lead and the title after a final round 77 (+5), enough for a three-shot margin of victory.
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19th Precision Junior Girls Championship presented by Precision Golf Schools
It came down to the wire, but the overnight leader remained steady and kept her nerves at ease to win what she called “redemption” after last year’s crumble down the stretch in the Futures National event. Since her outstanding season in the Futures National ranks, Kathryn Ha (Roanoke, VA 2025) has shown some growing pains in her debut season as a Bell National contender. But, her game has been trending in the right direction for quite some time. Kathryn used that confidence down the home stretch after losing the lead early in the final round to Macy Pate (Winston-Salem, NC 2024), who was dropping birdies left and right. Ha was four back when she stepped up to the par-three twelfth. Ha went on to birdie twelve, thirteen, and fourteen while Abby Franks (Roebuck, SC 2023), Pate, and the birthday girl, Ava Lucas (Raleigh, NC 2021), huddled around even par. Kathryn had no idea where she stood until checking the live leaderboard as she approached the final green. Ha was tied with Pate, Franks, and Lucas. Kathryn was the only player to make par on the difficult eighteenth lagging her LONG birdie putt to four feet. “As I was reading that putt, I kept telling myself two putts is good.” Her putt was good enough to fall center cup on a dying line to win her PKBGT first event of 2021.
It wouldn’t be the Precision Girls Junior Championship if we didn’t experience some drama down the stretch. 2021 Multi-winners Jenna Kim (Raleigh, NC 2027) and Kanchana Duangsam (Haymarket, VA 2026) tied with opening rounds of 71 (-1) on Monday at the Champions Course at Bryan Park. With hotter temperatures on Tuesday and a morning tee block, we expected a barrage of birdies between the duo, and that’s exactly what we got! Kim and Duangsam combined for ten birdies and an eagle. Jenna jumped out in on the outward nine taking the lead till an eagle three from Duangsam on the par-five sixth brought things back to all-square. Jenna bounced back after a bogey five on the tenth with two straight birdies to reclaim a one-shot lead. The Raleigh, NC native held onto that lead till Duangasm stuffed her approach after a monster drive to four feet on the seventeenth. Once the putt fell, the two were all square going into the final hole. Duangsam, the much longer hitter, had the advantage off the tee as Kim’s tee-ball skirted left into the bunker. Jenna recovered nicely and nearly dropped a fifteen-footer for par to pressure Kanchana, who had a downhill 20 footer for birdie. Kanchana’s birdie gently slid past the hole. After marking and three long breaths, the Haymarket, VA native stuffed it into the back of the cup to win her second PKBGT Championship event this season.
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 2020-2021 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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