The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour was in action this weekend with the Central Florida Series Alaqua Classic in Longwood, FL. The National Series had a second consecutive weekend off in anticipation of the 2019 Tar Heel Classic next weekend in Chapel Hill.
Central Florida Series Alaqua Classic
In the box on the first tee at Alaqua Country Club, the future of women’s golf stood in the spikes of who they one day strive to become. Staring down the very same fairway that the LPGA’s rising stars on the Symetra Tour survey on their first drive of the IOA Golf Classic, the PKBGT’s Central Florida members competed on a Tour-tested course for the two-day regional Classic in Longwood, FL.
At Sunday’s end, Caroline McConnell (South Fayette, PA 2022) took home champions honors in the Prep Division after firing a two-day total score of 81, 83 = 164 (+22). Morgan Stephens (Sanford, FL 2020) won the Futures Division after posting a two-day score of 83, 85 = 168 (+26). At her home course, Mara King (Longwood, FL 2025) brought home the Discovery Division trophy after posting a one-under-par weekend score of 37, 36 = 73.
It was a quiet weekend in the PKBGT rankings as all National rankings remained intact. The Alaqua Classic left several of the top finishers in a similar position on the Storie Apparel Central Florida Order of Merit rankings. Here are the current Central Florida OOM rankings:
Central Florida Series Prep Order of Merit
1.) Caroline McConnell (South Fayette, PA 2022)
Rayab Lee (Springfield, VA 2021)
3.) Sarah Fox (Lakeland, FL 2021)
4.) Taylor Ellis (Belle Isle, FL 2020)
5.) Loa Johannsson (Champions Gate, FL 2024)
Central Florida Series Futures Order of Merit
1.)Abigail Fernandez (Windermere, FL 2023)
2.) Morgan Stephens (Sanford, FL 2020)
3.) Alyssa Mixon (Wesley Chapel, FL 2023)
4.) Darby Hancock (Lakeland, FL 2025)
5.) Reagan Chastain (Orlando, FL 2023)
Central Florida Series Discovery Order of Merit
1. ) Mara King (Longwood, FL 2025)
2.) Bretton Mackiewicz (Longwood, FL 2025)
3.) Briel Royce (Orlando, FL 2027)
Around the Tour
The National Series returns with the 2019 Tar Heel Classic this weekend in Chapel Hill, NC. With a rich history of high-level competition, the 10th anniversary of the event held at the home course of the UNC Tar Heels Women’s Golf features some of the top-ranked players on the PKBGT Performance index and promises to be a close contest.
The Central Florida Series next event will be at Rogers Park GC in Tampa, FL on March 30th. Registration for that event is open until Monday, March 25th. Registration for the first event of the North Carolina Series season at Longleaf Golf and Family Club on March 16th remains open. The deadline to enter that even is Monday, March 11th.
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 2019 season will feature over 90 tournaments in 9 states on the East Coast and with over 900 members, the PKBGT is the largest girl’s only tour in the country. Learn more about the PKBGT at http://www.pkbgt.org/.