Florence, SC- The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour concluded the 2020 South Carolina Regional Series this weekend in Florence, SC, at the Country Club of South Carolina. Sculpted fairways wind along scenic lakes and Black Creek, with many greens, tucked into hollows surrounded by dogwoods, azaleas, and old-growth hardwoods. The best of the region, including the top-ranked players in the Storie Order of Merit, are vying for crucial OOM points, automatic invites into some of the best fall events, including the Prep, Futures, and Discovery Invitational as well as the PKBGT Tournament of Champions.
It took thirty-seven holes to crown the SC Finale Prep champion at the Country Club of South Carolina. Maria Stephens (Volo, IL 2021) and Ella Stalvey (Blythewood, SC 2023) finished the two-day event at 148. Stalvey began the final round one shot off the overnight leader and defending champion Abby Franks (Roebuck, SC 2023), while the Lincolnland Native had an additional stroke to cover during her final round. Stephens went out in thirty-seven (+1), which included one birdie and two bogeys. Maria made par on all nine holes to put the pressure on the Blythewood, SC native. Stalvey parred sixteen of her eighteen holes with two bogeys, including a costly one on the final hole placing Stephens and Stalvey in a tie. Stephens went on to capture the title after a birdie on the first playoff hole. This is Maria’s first PKBGT title of the season and her career. With the victory, Stephens earns an invitation to the PKBGT Tournament of Champions and Prep Invitational to be played later this fall.
1. Maria Stephens (Volo, IL 2021) / 77 / 71 = 148 (+6)*
2. Ella Stalvey (Blythewood, SC 2023) / 76 / 72 = 148 (+6)
3. Abby Franks (Roebuck, SC 2023) / 75 / 74 = 149 (+7)
4. Brinson Hall (Mount Airy, GA 2021) / 76 / 77 = 153 (+11)
*Denotes a Playoff Victory*
The overnight leader claimed the spoils of victory at the South Carolina Regional Series Finale after another solid final round 78 (+6). Madilyn Saxton (Guyton, GA 2025), the leader by three, quickly added onto that differential after a birdie on her opening hole. The Guyton, GA native faltered on the second and third holes before cooling back down with a birdie on the fifth. From there, it was smooth sailing as she went on to capture the title with a six-shot difference between herself and the field. Saxton, already a veteran of the Linville Cup, gained crucial OOM points to finish the season at the top spot earning a spot once again at the annual leadership and team-building retreat in mid-January. Madilyn also earns an invitation to the PKBGT Tournament of Champions and Futures Invitational to be played later this fall.
1. Madilyn Saxton (Guyton, GA 2025) / 76 / 78 = 154 (+12)
2. Olivia Pellerin (Greenville, SC 2024) / 79 / 81 = 160 (+18)
3. Caroline Hawkins (Columbia, SC 2026) / 82 / 80 = 162 (+20)
4. Kathryn DeLoach (Athens, GA 2026) / 81 / 83 = 164 (+22)
The best of the best from this season walked away with the hardware after a final round score of 36 (E) to capture the finale by a shot. Karsyn Herron (Graniteville, SC 2027) did not have her best stuff on Saturday, struggling to find her groove. The Graniteville, SC, returned to her usual form this afternoon, making birdie on her first and sixth holes today. Herron squeezed past the overnight leader Landry Hamm (Charlotte, NC 2027), who matched her first-round 39 (+3) on Sunday to snag the silver. With the victory, Herron positions herself to be invited to the Linville Cup, an invitation to the PKBGT Tournament of Champions and the Discovery Invitational hosted later this fall.
1. Karsyn Herron (Graniteville, SC 2027) / 41 / 36 = 77 (+5)
2. Summer Carey (Manning, SC 2028) / 42 / 36 = 78 (+6)^
3. Landry Hamm (Charlotte, NC 2027) / 39 / 39 = 78 (+6)
4. Mary Katherine Dutcher (Sumter, SC 2027) / 45 / 46 = 91 (+19)
About the PKBGT
Founded in 2007 by Girls Golf of America, 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 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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