Greenville, NC-The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour’s first of two events contested in August began at the final major championship event of the 2020 season hosted by Greenville Country Club in Greenville, North Carolina. The PKBGT Masters, presented by Aunt Ruby’s Peanuts, initially slated for earlier in the season, was pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, at the home course of the ECU Women’s Golf Team, this thirty-six hole championship event brought the best of the tour to the eastern portion of North Carolina for a showdown in Greenville. Hotter than peanut oil described not only the tournament favor provided by our presenting sponsor but also the low scores from both divisions, which included a nine-hole score of 32 (-4) in the first round, and another victory for two vets.
Amber Mackiewicz (Virginia Beach, VA 2023), champion of the Coastal Carolina Classic, bounced back after an early quadruple bogey on the fourth to capture her first PKBGT Major Championship at the PKBGT Masters presented by Aunt Ruby’s Peanuts. Mackiewicz began the day tied with the lead with James Madison Women’s Golf commit Haley Quickel (Middletown, DE 2020) after rounds of 70 (-2). Quickel nearly brought her score to Mackiewicz as her eagle putt on the final hole slid just inches left of the cup, as she settled for back-to-back birdies to conclude the final round just a stroke behind Amber. Mackiewicz carded four birdies on her card, including blue circles on both the first and ninth hole. When Amber was asked about her tumultuous fourth hole at the turn by the PKBGT communications staff, she responded, “I’ve got plenty of time to get it back” that she did!
1. Amber Mackiewicz (Virginia Beach, VA 2023) / 70 / 74 = 144 (E)
2. Haley Quickel (Middletown, DE 2020) / 70 / 75 = 145 (+1)
T3. Melanie Walker (Burke, VA 2022) / 75 / 74 = 149 (+5)
T3. Sydney Hackett (Ashburn, VA 2022) / 74 / 75 = 149 (+5)
5. Vynie Chen (Centreville, VA 2020) / 74 / 76 = 150 (+6)
It was a historic day at Greenville Country Club for Madison Messimer (Myrtle Beach, SC 2025), who captured her third PKBGT Major Championship victory of the season. The Myrtle Beach, SC native, won the PKBGT Open in a playoff last week at the Precision Girls Championship, and rounds of 69 / 71 = 140 (-3) sealed the deal for Madison on a hot and windy Sunday. Messimer’s final round consisted of seventeen pars and a lone birdie on the par-five ninth. Looking in the rearview mirror was a necessity with Kathryn Ha (Roanoke, VA 2025), just three shots back of Messimer after Saturday’s round. Ha finished runner-up three shots back after her final round 71 (-1). Keep an eye on this pair as we head into Invitational and Tournament of Champions season.
1. Madison Messimer (Myrtle Beach, SC 2025) / 69 / 71 = 140 (-4)
2. Kathryn Ha (Roanoke, VA 2025) / 72 / 71 = 143 (-1)
T3. Justine Pennycooke (Cary, NC 2023) / 76 / 73 = 149 (+5)
T3. Garland Gould (Raleigh, NC 2024) / 73 / 76 = 149 (5)
5. Katherine Brictson (Raleigh, NC 2024) / 76 / 74 = 150 (+6)
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The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour returns to action next weekend for the Orange Whip Classic hosted at the Walker Course at Clemson University.
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 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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