Greensboro, NC – On January 14-16, 2023, the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour hosted the sixth playing of the Linville Cup at Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club. A three-day regional team challenge and leadership retreat welcomed the top of the Storie Apparel Order of Merit of our 2022 PKBGT Regional Series to compete on six regional teams (NC WEST, NC EAST, MIDDLE ATLANTIC, SOUTH CAROLINA, SOUTHEAST, NATIONAL).
Leadership and Team Building
The weekend began on Saturday with leadership and team-building activities. The morning was spent meeting the team captains, creating team flags, and competing inside in fun minute-to-win-it mini-games such as card stacking, cup flip, a ribbon fashion show, and a sticky note challenge. Players and coaches were able to continue building friendships and get ready for the tournament!
Sunday Morning Matches
The modified-alternate shot format provided plenty of opportunity for great scoring for the six teams in the Sunday morning matches. In the end, National and Southeast were the winners of the morning, earning 6 & 5 points respectively . Close behind were teams NC East, NC West, South Carolina and Middle Atlantic, each looking to make a move in the afternoon matches.
Sunday Afternoon Matches
The big winner of the afternoon matches was NC West, who sealed their spot in the championship match after an astounding 8-0 victory over Southeast. Joining NC West in the 18 hole championship match would be team National setting up a rematch of the championship a year ago!
In prize match #2, Team Southeast versus Team NC East. In prize match #1, Team South Carolina versus Team Mid-Atlantic.
After the conclusion of play, the forty-eight players and coaches convened for an evening of fellowship and learning with special guests Robert Linville, the co-founder of the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour, and the coaches of the six Linville Cup teams. The young alumni and mentor coaches answered questions on how golf impacted their careers and life.
Prize Match #2 (NC East vs. Southeast) – Team Southeast defeated Team NC East after a sudden-death playoff hole was needed to decide the 4-4 tie.
Prize Match #1 (South Carolina vs. Mid-Atlantic) – Team Middle Atlantic ran away with Prize Match #1 beating Team South Carolina 8-0.
Championship Match (National vs. NC West) – Back to back champions! Team NC West held onto the Linville Cup after beating Team National 5-3. Three matches were decided early, creating a stage for the Discovery match to decide the champions. In a back-and-forth match with a large gallery of teammates and families watching, the foursome ended the match all square through 18 holes which gave Team NC West the cup-winning point!
About the PKBGT Regional Series
One-day tournaments are designed for golfers of all skill levels but are a great place for development golfers to “get into the swing of things” playing tournament golf. The goal of Regional Series events is to provide a fun and friendly tournament on a premium golf course.
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 2022 season will feature over 138 tournaments in 12+ states 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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