Weekend Review (June 15-21)
The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour hosted events in six different states over the past week including four Regional series events in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Maryland. New 2o2o PKBGT major champions were crowned at the maiden HJ Glove Girls Championship, a dominant showing from the natives of the Peach State at the Peachtree Girls Classic, and a showdown in the Discovery divisions headlined a very busy week!
National Series Events
-Capturing titles at the Valley Junior Girls were Mellisa Meng (Herndon, VA 2020) in the Bell National division and Kathryn Ha (Roanoke, VA 2025) in the Futures National division. To learn more about the Valley Junior Girls, or the champions, click here to read the recap.
-The maiden HJ Glove Girls Championship hosted at Lake Presidential Golf Club crowned two new major champions last Sunday. Liza Lapeyre (New Orleans, LA 2022) claimed the Bell National title, and Kathryn Ha (Roanoke, VA 2025) followed up her victory at Hidden Valley CC with the Futures National title just seven days later. To learn more about the HJ Glove Girls Championship, click here to read the recap.
-In the final National series event of the past week, the PKBGT traveled to Peachtree City, GA for the Peachtree Girls Classic at Braelinn Golf Club. Taking gold in the event was Penn State Women’s golf commit Katie Scheck (Greensboro, GA 2021) in the Bell division, and Kate Parviainen (Augusta, GA 2022) in the Futures National division. To learn more about the Peachtree Girls Classic, click here to view the recap.
On the Pontoon at Lake Chesdin
In the series opener for the Middle Atlantic region, a field of twenty-five converged on Lake Chesdin Golf Club in Chesterfield, VA. Some familiar faces stood atop the leaderboard after the conclusion of the day, including a recent PKBGT national series champion and a frequent flyer of the eastern seaboard.
In the Prep Division, Amber Mackiewicz (Virginia Beach, VA 2023) captured her second PKBGT title in June, firing a (+3) round of 75. Mackiewicz took home gold in the Coastal Carolina Classic after a PKBGT record 13 playoff holes back in early June. Amber carded two birdies on the day & her birdie on eighteen proved to be the deciding factor for her victory. Alina Ho (Great Falls, VA 2024), who is no stranger to low scores, finished just one stroke behind the Virginia Beach native at (+4).
Yvette O’Brien (Greenwich, CT 2025) traveled 406 miles to capture her maiden PKBGT title in the Futures National division. Yvette ended the day at (+8) with one birdie on the card. O’Brien last played on the PKBGT circuit in Central Florida at Eagle Creek for the PKBGT Central FL series presented by IOA Insurance. Yvette and her family will continue to rack up those frequent flyer miles as she now has an automatic invitation into the 2020 PKB Tournament of Champions, and the Prep and Futures Invitational later this year. Finishing just one stroke behind Yvette was Madelyn Linares (2023) of Cary, NC.
Tia McDonald (Midlothian, VA 2027) captured gold in her first PKBGT event in the Discovery division, shooting a solid 41 (+5) on the challenging Lake Chesdin Golf Club front nine. McDonald’s lone birdie on the day came on the par-four third hole. Finishing runner-up was Karoline Sweet (Moseley, VA 2028) at (+7).
The Mid-Atlantic Series continues play at Crofton Country Club in Crofton, MD, on Saturday, June 27.
Rain Drops are Falling on My Head
The PKBGT North Carolina Series was once again plagued by the weather bug forcing a lengthy storm delay at the Bermuda Run West Course in Advance, North Carolina. The Futures Division was forced to end the event after nine holes due to the weather delay. Discovery and Prep were fortunate to get in before the final delay.
A hot flat stick from Sophie Lauture propelled the Charlotte, NC 2024 native into first thanks to a six-birdie card, which included four on her outward nine en route to an even-par round of 71. In Sophie’s last start on the NC regional series, she snagged a runner-up finish at Bryan Park. Sophie now has five top-five finishes since February. Kiera Bartholomew (Wake Forest, NC 2023) finished runner-up after a (+2) round of 73.
In the Futures division, Macy Johnson (Salem, VA 2023) captured the weather-shortened event thanks to her front nine score of 35 (E). Johnson carded her lone birdie on the third hole. This was Macy’s first win of the calendar year. Finishing runner up in the nine-hole tournament was the Waxhaw, NC 2023 native Emma Sperber.
A shootout in the discovery division between two of the Carolina’s best was the highlight of the weather-delayed event. Jenna Kim (Raleigh, NC 2027), winner of three NC regional series events battled it out over nine holes against the 2020 Linville Cup participant Riley Grimm (Pinehurst, NC 2028). The two Tarheels combined for five birdies and an eagle. In the end, the eagle on the third proved to be the difference for Riley Grimm who closed the day at 32 (-4) to take the title over Jenna Kim’s round of 33 (-3).
Good Play Down at Tega Cay
Hilly terrain and temperatures in the high eighties challenged the sixty competitors in the second SC one day event of the calendar. The Carolina Pines and Grande View nines provided breathtaking views from start to finish on the humid and sunny Sunday afternoon.
The Prep division saw a PKBGT national series champion walk away with medalist honors. Gracie Song (Waxhaw, NC 2026), the winner of the Kiawah Island Classic and runner-up at Cobb’s Glen, fired a solid round of 77 (+5). Gracie carded three birdies, including two on her outward nine. Song takes over the top spot in the Prep SE Order of Merit thanks to her win. Finishing runner-up was the Florida native Marissa Cardenas (St. Augustine, FL 2021).
Although the discovery did not post a round under par, the medalist recorded a smooth round of 36 (E). Karysn Herron (Graniteville, SC 2027) carded two birdies, two bogeys, and five pars to capture the title. Herron extended her Discovery SE Order of Merit with the victory. Herron won the Discovery title at Cobb’s Glenn in late May. Finishing runner-up was Riley Grimm (Pinehurst, NC 2028), who carded a (+1) round of 37.
The PKBGT SE series will take a brief hiatus before returning to play on July 11 at The Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg, SC.
Row, Row Row your Canoe down to Timacuan
The first of two thirty-six hole events in the PKBGT Central Florida Series occurred over the weekend at Timacuan Golf and Country Club. Eleven participants competed at the Lake Mary course filled with natural wildlife.
Abigail Fernandez (Windermere, FL 2023) claimed her third Prep CFL series title after posting rounds of 78 (+6) -77 (+5) =155 (+11). Fernandez carded two birdies in her final round on her outward nine. Abigail won medalist honors at Eagle Creek and Mayfair Country Club earlier in the Spring. Finishing runner up was Amanda Gerrish (Hummelstown, PA 2021).
In the Futures National division, Darby Hancock (Lakeland, FL 2025) ran away with the title after rounds of 75-77=152. Darby carded four birdies over the two rounds and won by an astounding 18 strokes! Finishing runner-up in the event was Laurel Haake (Lakeland, FL 2023).
The Central Florida Series resumes play on Saturday, June 27, at Grasslands Golf and Country Club.