Fearless. Courageous. Adventurous. A Trailblazer.
These words only begin to paint a portrait of 2019 World Golf Hall of Fame Inductee, the late Peggy Kirk Bell. A teacher, a pilot, a business owner and a charter member of the LPGA – Mrs. Bell never backed down to a challenge and spent her life defying the odds.
But take a closer look and you see that her accomplishments resonated deep beneath the surface. Mrs. Bell did not set out for fame and fortune, she did not bask in her personal success and the historic feats she attained. She was a pioneer for women’s golf – not only forging a successful path in a male-dominated industry for herself, but constructing the foundation of opportunity for the millions of women to follow.
On the course, Mrs. Bell set out to transform professional golf into a legitimate career path for women across the country grinding it out on the amateur circuit. She did just that in 1950, serving as a charter member of the LPGA. Mrs. Bell was always flying high above the rest, especially in her personal airplane when piloting to and from events on the tour. No one could stop Mrs. Bell from accomplishing her goals.
More impactful than her professional career on the tour, Peggy opened doors as one of the top female instructors in the country, understanding the importance of a female-only environment when introducing women to the game. Along with her husband Warren, Mrs. Bell purchased Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club to provide a place for all golfers, both male and female, to play golf and have fun doing it – a philosophy she strongly embraced.
Bell’s “Golfaris”, which began as female-only clinics led by female instructors, created a welcoming environment for women to learn the game without feeling intimidated. She instilled confidence in women to redefine the sport, erasing the connotation of a “man’s game.”
Her legacy lives on through the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour, allowing over 800 girls to compete at the collegiate level and providing a platform for over 900 members to grow and develop on the largest girls’-only tour in the country.
Providing positive yet competitive golf tournaments in a girls-only environment, the goal of the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour was a vision that piggybacked off Ms. Bell’s Golfaris, which still take place at Pine Needles today. Serving as an ambassador for women’s golf and our tour matriarch prior to her passing, we carry out Ms. Bell’s legacy at all-girls’ tournaments across the country: enabling junior girls’ golfers to make friends, compete against the best, and establish life skills that transfer beyond the course.
Ms. Bell paved the way for hundreds of women to live out their dreams – whether it was to be able to play alongside colleagues on the golf course, win their club championship, or compete on the LPGA Tour. Help the PKBGT shape the next generation of female golfers and carry on the legacy of Mrs. Bell by joining us as we strive to create 1,000 girls-only golf tournaments across the US to help more junior girls continue to break barriers #LikeMrsBell.
About the PKBGT Let’s Play Campaign
In 2014, the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour, an initiative of the 501(c)3 non-profit Triad Youth Golf Foundation, launched the Let’s Play Campaign, with the goal to actively sustain girls-golf participation by creating 1,000 Girls-Only Golf Tournaments across the continental US.
Five years into the campaign, the PKBGT has operated nearly 500 events from Florida to Delaware, expanding in 2019 with two new regional series in greater Philadelphia and Kentucky. Junior girl golfers are the fastest growing segment of golfers worldwide and we are pushing to continually establish developmental tournament series, creating more opportunities for girls to play tournament golf in underserved regions throughout the US. Click here to read more about our innovative developmental pathway to keep girls on the path to success >>
Join the PKBGT’s Let’s Play Campaign to celebrate and continue the legacy of Peggy Kirk Bell by providing a pathway for junior girls to achieve their dreams by accomplishing three strategic goals:
- 1. INCREASE LPGA-USGA GIRLS GOLF MEMBERSHIP AND PARTICIPATION
- 2. SUSTAIN GROWTH THROUGH APPROPRIATE COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITIES
- 3. DEVELOP EQUITY IN COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR GIRLS IN GOLF
All donations to the Let’s Play Campaign and the PKBGT are fully tax deductible. To donate, CLICK HERE. Thank you for your continued support of the PKBGT and for ensuring the future of the game by contributing to the Let’s Play Campaign.
Want to Learn More?
Call 336-347-8537 or Email Tour Director Mike Parker
Donation checks can also be mailed to:
PKB Girls’ Golf Tour
Attn: Let’s Play Campaign
5834 Bur-Mil Club Rd
Greensboro, NC 27410
All donations are 100% tax deductible