Greensboro, NC- The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour opened its championship season at the ROCKET TOUR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP at the University of Georgia Golf Club on Saturday. The tenth edition of the Players Championship will be contested on the same course as the annual Liz Murphy Collegiate, one of the strongest fields in college women’s golf every year. UGA Golf Club, a top 10 university golf course, will welcome the best of the Bell National, Prep Preview, and Futures National, the PKB Girls Tour, has to offer. The field consists of players from eleven states as well as Panama and Quebec, Canada.
With the entire field experiencing high winds and cold temperatures today, the 2021 PKBGT National Tournament of Champions Winner takes the overnight lead. Elizabeth Rudisill (Charlotte, NC – 2025) had a great round of 73 to kick of the event and gives her a four shot advantage going into tomorrow. Rudisill is hunting for her second Bell National title on the PKB circuit. She hopes to get that done tomorrow at the UGA Golf Course. Elizabeth went out with a 37 (+2) and in with a 36 (-1). She, like most of the field, was fighting the strong wind gusts that were getting up to 26 mph in the afternoon. The Charlotte, NC native recovered with two birdies in her last seven holes for a round of 73. Joining Rudisill in the final pairing will be the Stanford Women’s Golf verbal commit Ava Merrill (Johns Creek, GA 2023) and Sahana Mantha (Charlotte, NC 2025) who fired rounds of 77 (+5).
1. Elizabeth Rudisill (Duluth, GA 2023) / 73 (+1)
T2. Ava Merrill (Johns Creek, GA 2023) / 77 (+5)
T2. Sahana Mantha (Charlotte, NC 2025) / 77 (+5)
Emilyn Davis (Honea Path, SC 2023) has found herself in the hunt in the 2022 Prep Preview division. Davis takes a one shot lead heading into the final round tomorrow. The entire field battled wet and windy conditions all day long, that didn’t stop the flat stick from heating up as Davis carded two birdies on the day en route to an opening round of 79 (+7). It’s been nearly six and a half months since the Honea Path native hoisted a trophy. Her last victory came at the 2021 South Carolina Regional Series event at Columbia Country Club. It’ll be a fun final pairing for Davis as she’ll be joined by Trisha Shivaiah (Milton, GA 2024) and Elizabeth Sullivan (Atlanta, GA 2025). Shivaiah and Sullivan finished at (+8) and (+9). In addition to Sullivan, Zoe Duval (Cumming, GA 2025) also sits just two shots off the lead.
1. Emilyn Davis (Honea Path, SC 2023) / 79 (+7)
2.Trisha Shivaiah (Milton, GA 2024) / 80 (+8)
T3. Elizabeth Sullivan (Atlanta, GA 2025) / 81 (+9)
T3. Zoe Duval (Cumming, GA 2025) / 81 (+9)
Kallyn Black (Greensboro, GA 2026) made great work in her sixth tournament on the PKB Girls Tour firing a 76 (+4) to kickoff the ROCKET TOUR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP at UGA Golf Course. Black carded two birdies on holes three and eight to help get her out at 36 (+1). However, Kallyn is not alone atop the leaderboard as Ariel Collins (Locust Grove, GA 2028) is keeping her on her toes. Collins started off her round with a bogey on the first hole, just to follow it up with a Hole-In-One on the 106-yard Par 3 third. With a couple more birdies on the back to help offset the bogeys on the front, Ariel finished out the day with a 76 (+4). Joining Black and Collins in the final grouping tomorrow is Molly Spector (Atlanta, GA 2028). Spector, the 2021 Futures Invitational Champion, finished at (+6) to stay close and possibly hunt down her second win this season.
T1. Kallyn Black (Greensboro, GA 2026) / 76 (+4)
T1.Ariel Collins (Locust Grove, GA 2028) / 76 (+4)
3. Molly Spector (Atlanta, GA 2028) / 78 (+6)
Round 2 will begin Sunday, February 20, at 9:00 AM, weather permitting.
Follow the final round at the ROCKET TOUR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHP.
About the PKBGT
Founded in 2007 by Girls Golf of America, a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, 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 2022-2022 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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