On Sunday, August 25, the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour played the second and final round of the 2019 North Carolina Series One-day at Pinehurst #3 at in Pinehurst, NC.
These PKBGT regional events offer 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.
Taking home the Prep Division title on the second playoff hole, Alexsandra Lapple (Ridgefield, CT 2023) will be returning to Pinehurst this December after punching her ticket into the 2019 PKBGT Tournament of Champions at the prestigious Pinehurst No. 8. Lapple’s round of 74 on the tricky layout of course No. 3 was highlighted by 12 pars and one birdie before earning the title in a sudden death playoff.
Also posting a round of 74, taking home a second place finish, was Ella Perna (Durham, NC 2022). Perna rallied down the stretch with birdies on both the 13th and 16th holes to earn a spot in a playoff for first place.
Finishing in third place was PKBGT regular Grace Ridenour (Cary, NC 2025) who posted a round of six-over-par 76. Just two strokes back in fourth place was Toni Blackwell (Fayetteville, NC 2020) with a round of 78.
Rounding out the top five at Pinehurst No. 3 was Tennessee native Madilyn Newman (Knoxville, TN 2021) who posted a round of 81.
Taking home her second victory of the PKBGT season, Madison Messimer (Myrtle Beach, SC 2025) posted a round of 81 to win the North Carolina One-Day event at Pinehurst No.3 by four shots. Messimer’s round included five pars and a birdie to earn her spot in the 2019 PKBGT Futures Invitational.
Four shots back in a three-way-tie for second place, was Annalee Caveney (Raleigh, NC 2024), Kasey McIlvaine (Raleigh, NC 2023) and Emerson Dever (Durham, NC 2025). This trio from the triangle area all posted a score of 85.
Rounding out the top five of the Futures division in a tie for fifth place was Kaitlyn Rand (Raleigh, NC 2022) and Saia Rampersaud (Durham, NC 2025) who both posted a round of 86.
Edging out the competition by just one stroke to earn her first victory of year was Riley Grimm (High Point, NC 2028) after posting a solid round of 36 (+4) on the challenging Sandhills layout. Grimm parred six of the nine holes to earn her spot in this November’s Discovery Invitational!
Just one stroke back in second place was Sanaa Carter (Jacksonville, NC 2025) who posted a round of 37. Carter, who was ranked fourth on the Storie Apparel North Carolina Discovery Order of Merit prior to the start of the tournament, opened her round with two birdies and finished with a birdie on the ninth hole.
In a tie for third place was Addisyn Newman (Knoxville, TN 2028) and Ellie Acrey (Winston-Salem, NC 2026) with a round of 39. Rounding out the top five in a tie for fifth place was Elle Crichton (Cary, NC 2026) and Gabriella Moorehead (Burlington, NC 2027) with a score of 44.
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 into 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.
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/.