Florence, SC- The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour concluded the first round of 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. Reigning champion, #1 on the OOM rankings, and a battle in the discovery division were the headlines after day one.

 

Prep

The defending champion of the Prep division Abby Franks (Roebuck, SC 2023) resumed right where she left off last season at the finale taking the opening round lead thanks to her round of 75 (+3). The Roebuck, SC, carded three birdies on Saturday afternoon, including two on the back-nine. Standing just a shot behind Abby is Ella Stalvey (Blythewood, SC 2023), Jennifer Rials (Florence, SC 2022), and Brinson Hall (Mount Airy, GA 2021)  after their opening rounds 0f 76 (+4). Joining Franks in the final grouping is Jennifer Rials and Ella Stalvey.

1. Abby Franks (Roebuck, SC 2023) / 75 (+3)

T2. Ella Stalvey (Blythewood, SC 2023) / 76 (+4)

T2. Jennifer Rials (Florence, SC 2022) / 76 (+4)

T2. Brinson Hall (Mount Airy, GA 2021) / 76 (+4)

 

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Futures

A Linville Cup veteran took the first-round lead in the Futures division after her opening round 76 (+4). Madilyn Saxton (Guyton, GA  2025) carded two birdies en route to an overnight three-shot lead on the nearest competitor. Olivia Pellerin (Greenville, SC 2024), who fired a round of 79 (+7) this afternoon, joins Saxton and a fellow GA native, Kathryn DeLoach (Athens, GA 2026) in the final round.

1. Madilyn Saxton (Guyton, GA 2025) / 76 (+4)

2. Olivia Pellerin (Greenville, SC 2024) / 79 (+7)

3. Kathryn DeLoach (Athens, GA 2026) / 81 (+9)

4. Caroline Hawkins (Columbia, SC 2026) / 82 (+10)

 

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Discovery

A teammate of Madilyn Saxton at the Linville Cup holds the lead in the Discovery division after an opening-round (+3) 39. Landry Hamm (Charlotte, NC 2027) seemed to be back into her old ways of shooting low at the CC of SC, taking a two-shot lead going into tomorrow. Joining Hamm in the final group is Karsyn Herron (Graniteville, SC 2027) and Summer Carey (Manning, SC 2028) after opening rounds of 41 and 42.

1. Landry Hamm (Charlotte, NC 2027) / 39 (+3)

2. Karsyn Herron (Graniteville, SC 2027) / 41 (+5)

3. Summer Carey (Manning, SC 2028) /  42 (+6)

4. Mary Katherine Dutcher (Sumter, SC 2027) / 45 (+9)

 

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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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