Oak Point, the Clyde Johnston gem, was in prime scoring conditions for the 27 competitors. Windy conditions and natural wildlife welcomed the contestants on every hole on Saturday. Mother nature bore her teeth on Sunday morning, causing a one hour delay due to a weather cell crashing through the southern islands of South Carolina.
Finishing in first place in the Bell National Division was Grace Holcomb (Wilmington, NC 2021) after posting a two day total of 150 (73-77). Holcomb’s wire-to-wire title is her first PKB victory in 2020 and clinches her a spot in the 2020 PKB Tournament of Champions. The Wilmington native started and ended with an exclamation point birdie to capture the title on the Kiawah River.
1. Grace Holcomb (Wilmington, NC 2021) | 73-77=150
2. Mary Kathryn Talledo (Spartanburg, SC 2021) | 77-75=152
T3. Elizabeth Lohbauer (Huntersville, NC 2021) | 79-75=154
T3. Mara Hirtle (Pinehurst, NC 2020) | 78-76=154
5. Autumn Carey (Manning, SC 2022) | 78-77=155
A battle occurred between two phenomenal players in the Futures National division for the Kiawah Resorts Girls Classic. Gracie Song (Waxhaw, NC 2026) led after day one thanks to a flawless round of 70 (-2).
Madison Messimer’s (Myrtle Beach, SC 2025) hot front nine in round two of 35 (-1) shrunk Song’s lead as the pair turned. The Grand Strand native then sunk a clutch birdie on the par-five twelfth to take the lead over Song and claim her first title of the calendar year. Messimer also automatically qualifies for the 2020 PKB Tournament of Champions with the victory!
- Madison Messimer (Myrtle Beach, SC 2025) | 76-72=148
- Gracie Song (Waxhaw, NC 2026) | 70-80=150
- Olivia Pellerin (Greenville, SC 2024) | 80-73=153
- Caroline Hawkins (Columbia, SC 2026) | 82-75=157
- Jennifer Rials (Florence, SC 2022) 85-74=159
The PKBGT is back in action next weekend, January 18-20 for the Linville Cup!
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/.