Two Regional Series’ Wrap Up, Two More Events Left in ’22 Season
North Carolina Series Open at Colonial Country Club
The North Carolina Series headed to Colonial Country Club on Saturday and Sunday to play the final event of the season, the North Carolina Series Open. Players were looking to play well and put themselves in position to win the North Carolina Series Storie Order of Merit race. At the end of the day, three players stood alone atop their respective divisions and earned their spot in the 2022 PKBGT Regional Tournament of Champions.
Paige Sidney (Clemmons, NC 2024) got hot on Sunday with a 5-under 32 on the front nine. This included a seven hole stretch she played in 6-under! She would finish the round at -3 for the day and won the Prep series division by two strokes. This was Paige’s second PKB win.
It was a tight race in the Futures division after the first round with seven players within four shots of the lead. On Sunday, Kaylee Nguyen (Charlotte, NC 2026) pulled away with six pars and a birdie on the back nine and shot a 75(+3) to win by one stroke. This was Kaylee’s third PKB win of the season!
Kayla Jackson (Charlotte, NC 2031) came from behind on Sunday to bring home the championship trophy. Jackson birdied three of her final seven holes to force a playoff with Makenzie Aaron (Browns Summit, NC 2029) which Jackson ultimately ended up winning. This was Jackson’s second consecutive victory and her fourth top-3 finish in four starts!
North Carolina Series Storie Order of Merit
With the final North Carolina Series event wrapped up, that means the North Carolina Series Storie Order of Merit was decided as well! The season-long points race awards spots in the PKBGT Regional Invitational with the top-25 Prep and top-37 Futures finishers earning spots in the field!
Sanaa Carter (Jacksonville, NC 2025) had a strong showing with a third place finish at Colonial Country Club to claim the Prep Series Storie Order of Merit title! Her year was highlighted by 6 top-four finishes including back-to-back North Carolina Series Open Wins at Forest Oaks CC and UNC Finley GC.
Kaylee Nguyen (Charlotte, NC 2026) won at Colonial Country Club and subsequently the Futures Series Order of Merit as well! Nguyen had an impressive season with three victories and all top-10 finishes in her North Carolina Series starts.
The playoff between Kayla Jackson (Charlotte, NC 2031) and Makenzie Aaron (Browns Summit, NC 2029) at Colonial Country Club ultimately was the deciding factor in the Discovery Series Storie Order of Merit. Jackson brought home the North Carolina Series Open championship and the Order of Merit as well! Congratulations to both girls on incredible seasons!
Middle Atlantic Series at Shenandoah Valley GC
This was the penultimate event on the Middle Atlantic Series schedule so girls were hoping to put themselves into position to claim the Storie Order of Merit race at next week’s Middle Atlantic Series Open. At the end of the day, three girls stood alone at the top of their respective leaderboards and brought home the hardware!
Olivia Vigliante (Leesburg, VA 2023) opened her round with a 39 on the front-nine that included two birdies and would finish her round scoring an 79(+7). This would be enough to claim a three shot victory. This was Vigliante’s second PKB win of the season!
Sydney Dinh (Fairfax, VA 2028) took home the championship trophy at the Middle Atlantic Series at Shenandoah Valley GC. Her round of 75(+3) included 10 pars and 3 birdies. This was her first PKB win!
South Carolina Series Finale at Golden Hills G&CC
The South Carolina Series headed to Golden Hills G&CC on Saturday to play the final event of the season. Players were looking to play well and put themselves in position to win the South Carolina Series Storie Order of Merit race. At the end of the day, three players stood alone atop their respective divisions and earned their spot in the 2022 PKBGT Regional Tournament of Champions.
Savannah Sansom (Myrtle Beach, SC 2025) played her front nine without dropping a shot and in 2-under! Her birdie on the 18th hole gave her a round of 74(+3) and a run-away victory in the Prep Series! This was Savannah’s second win of the season!
Emmeline Niolon (Athens, GA 2025) played excellent down the stretch birding two of her final seven holes to shoot 85(+14). She would win up defeating Katelyn Cubbison (Greer, SC 2028) in a playoff to win the championship trophy. This was also Niolon’s first PKB win!
Madison Woodrum (Statesboro, GA 2029) made five birdies over her nine holes to win the discovery division by 5 strokes. This was Madison’s third start of the season and her third win!
South Carolina Series Storie Order of Merit
With the final South Carolina Series event wrapped up, that means the South Carolina Series Storie Order of Merit was decided as well! The season-long points race awards spots in the PKBGT Regional Invitational, the top-7 Prep and top-16 Futures finishers earned spots in the field!
Savannah Sansom (Myrtle Beach, SC 2025) won the South Carolina Series Finale and subsequently the Prep Division Storie Order of Merit! Her two wins this season were the most in the Prep Series this year.
Landry Hamm (Charlotte, NC 2027) season was highlighted by nine top-10 finishes including two victories at the CC of South Carolina and Spring Valley CC! Her strong play pushed her ahead to claim the Futures Series Storie Order of Merit race.
Madison Woodrum’s (Statesboro, GA 2029) victory at the South Carolina Series Finale was enough to overtake the top-spot in the Discovery Series Storie Order of Merit race! Her three wins of the season were the most by any South Carolina Series player!
Alumni in the Spotlight
Last week the ANNIKA Foundation hosted the ANNIKA Intercollegiate tournament which brings together 12 of the top women’s collegiate programs in the country. Eight PKBGT alumni played in the event and four finished in the top-10 including Amanda Sambach (Virginia) the individual champion!
This weekend there are two regional series events. The Middle Atlantic Series wraps up with the Middle Atlantic Series Open at Kiln Creek Resort on Saturday and Sunday. The Delaware Valley Series Open will be played at Tanglewood Manor GC on Saturday and Sunday to finish up the Delaware Valley Series. This will be the final chance for players in the Middle Atlantic and Delaware Valley series to qualify for the 2022 Regional Tournament of Champions and earn Storie Order of Merit points.
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/.