Weekend Review – October 5-6, 2019
It was another action-packed weekend on the PKBGT circuit! From the kickoff event of the 2020 National series, to record breaking performances and newly secured LPGA Tour Cards, success surrounded the PKBGT’s past and present.
Season Kickoff – Peachtree Girls Classic
This weekend, the PKBGT played the debut event of the 2020 PKBGT National Season just miles from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta, GA. Nestled amongst the scenic trees and backdrop of the widely known Stone Mountain National Park, the Peachtree Girls Classic featured players from across the Southeast.
A field composed of both new and familiar faces, seven players teed it up on the PKBGT for the first time – four of which are attending from the newly formed G2 Academy, the nation’s first girls-only golf academy and the Official Academy of the PKBGT!
Taking home her first Bell Division title was Averi Cline (Suwanee, GA 2022) after posting rounds of 73-74 to win by seven stroke margin. In addition, Cline, along with Bell Runner-Up Katie Scheck (Greensboro, GA 2021), earned their spot in the coveted 2019 PKBGT Invitational played next month at Bermuda Run Country Club in Advance, NC.
Making just her second start in a PKBGT event, Zoe Duval (Cumming, GA 2025) also earned her first PKBGT title after capturing the Futures Division title by eight strokes. With her victory, Duval punched her ticket into the 2019 PKBGT Tournament of Champions contested at Pinehurst #8 in December.
CGA/PKBGT Jimmy Anderson Girls Invitational
Conducted jointly by the Carolinas’ Golf Association and the PKBGT, the Jimmy Anderson Girls Invitational is contested each fall at Jacksonville Country Club just miles from Camp Lejuene, NC.
Although the weather finally cooled down, the scores were heating up after the first round of the event with the leaders at five and six-under-par, respectively. But as all golfers know, it can be anyone’s game heading into the final round.
For Cindy Song, this proved to be the case. After firing a first round of even-par 72, Song proceeded to birdie five out of nine holes on her front nine to shoot 30, followed by three birdies and an eagle on the back nine to shoot 65 (-7).
With her two-day total, Song not only set a record for lowest round posted but also a record for lowest two-day total of the championship.
PKBGT Alumnus Jillian Hollis Earns LPGA Tour Card
With strong play throughout the entire season, Jillian Hollis secured her LPGA Tour Card after guaranteeing a spot on the Volvik Race for the Card top-10. Highlighted by wins at both the Forsyth Classic and the IOA Championship, Hollis finished fifth on the money list, securing her card in mid-September with three events still left in the season.
A native of Rocky River, OH, Hollis won the PKBGT Open Championship at the Country Club of Salisbury in 2013 before moving on to play collegiately at the University of Georgia.
Congratulations to Jillian! We can’t wait to watch you excel on the LPGA Tour next year!
PKBGT Alumni Shine on Professional Tours
Earning her second professional title this weekend was PKBGT Alumnus Laura Wearn after edging out the competition by a two-stroke margin at the 2019 Symetra Tour Championship!
Wearn fired rounds of 65-70-69-67 to take home first place a winner’s check for $37,500. An alumnus of Furman University, Wearn finished 22nd on the official money list.
Also with a strong performance on the women’s professional circuit was PKBGT alumnus and Ambassador Katherine Perry Hamski who finished in a tie for 6th place at the LPGA Volunteers of America Classic. Perry entered the final round just two strokes back from the leader, but dropped a few spots after posting a final round of 73.
Upcoming Open Event Deadlines
Oct 21st: River Landing Girls Classic [Wallace, NC | November 2-3]
Nov 4th : Palmetto Dunes Girls Classic [Prep Preview Only |HHI, SC| November 16-17]
Dec 7th : Eagle Classic at Georgia Southern U. [Statesboro, GA | December 14-15]