Athens, GA-On February 15-16, 2020, Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour concluded the eighth playing of the Rocket Tour Players Championship at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Georgia. A large cell that covered much of the state of Georgia generated just enough rain to cover the putting surfaces in standing water during the early portion of the final round on Sunday morning. Unfortunately, it was determined that the course was unplayable, and the final round would be canceled.
Finishing in first place in the Bell National Division was Allie Kantor (Milton, GA 2021) after posting a one-day total of 73 (+1). The Milton native carded five birdies during the round. The state of Georgia has now recorded back-to-back PKBGT victories. Two weeks ago, Morgan Ellison of Peachtree City captured the PKB Foundation Classic at Forest Creek in Pinehurst, NC.
1. Allie Kantor (Milton, GA 2021) | 73
2. Regina Plascencia Celis (Bluffton, SC 2022) | 74
T3. Ava Merrill (Johns Creek, GA 2023) | 75
T3. Ellen Yu (High Point, NC 2026) | 75
Finishing in first place in the Prep Preview Division was Hailey Han (Duluth, GA 2025) after a steady even-par round of seventy-two (E). Han dominated on the difficult back-side (her front-nine) shooting a red hot (-2) 35 to surge into the lead as the rest of the field struggled out of the gate. Hailey carded four birdies in her round.
- Hailey Han (Duluth, GA 2025) | 72
T2. Grace Ridenour (Cary, NC 2025) | 81
T2. Kaurvaki Bajpai (Chantilly, VA 2023) | 81
T4. Riya Modak (Concord, NC 2021) | 82
T4. Genevieve Wu (Johns Creek, GA 2022) | 82
Leading the Futures National field is Gracie Song (Waxhaw, NC 2026) and Emerson Dever (Durham, NC 2025) after posting (+4) rounds of 76. Song and Dever both started on the back-nine at UGA. The Waxhaw native held a narrow lead after the first nine holes thanks to back-to-back birdies by Gracie on holes 16 and 17. A cleaner back-nine (front-nine) by Emerson Dever brought that lead back to all square as the two knocked their final putts into the hole on the ninth green.
After the final round was canceled due to unplayable course conditions, Gracie Song and Emerson Dever headed to the par-three third to compete in a playoff for the championship. Song held a slight advantage on the approach and nearly holed the birdie opportunity. Dever followed suit, and they headed back to the tee. However, Song’s tee ball on the second go-around spun off the green. Emerson stuffed her approach inside five feet and knocked in the birdie to grab her first title of the 2020 campaign!
- Emerson Dever (Durham, NC 2025) | 76*
- Gracie Song (Waxhaw, NC 2026) | 76
- Kasey McIlvaine (Raleigh, NC 2023) | 79
- Shyla Brown (Matthews, NC 2026) | 80
- Zoe Duval (Cumming, GA 2025) | 81
*=Won in playoff
The PKBGT is back in action next weekend, February 29-March 1, for the Cape Fear Classic at Country Club of Landfall!
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 season will feature over 1110 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/.