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Recap: Hinson, Ellison Win Metrolina Classic at Winthrop Univeristy

– Live Scoring –

On Saturday-Sunday, April 29-30th, the PKBGT will played the Metrolina Classic at Rock Hill Country Club in Rock Hill, SC.  The course is home to the Winthrop University women’s golf team.  The filed features 45 players from four different states in the Prep and Futures Series.

Winning the Prep Series with rounds of 75-74-149 was  Taylor Hinson (Belmont, NC 2017).  In second place by three strokes with rounds of 78-74-152 was Jodee Tindal (Rock Hill, SC 2017).  In third place by one stoke was Isabella Rawl (Lexington, SC 2022) with rounds of 77-76-153.  In fourth place matching cards was Jalen Castle (West Columbia, SC 2020) with rounds of 77-77-154.  In fifth place was Anna Morgan (Spartanburg, SC 2019) with rounds of 75-79-154.

Winning the Futures Series was  Morgan Ellison (Peachtree City, GA 2021) with rounds of 79-76-156.  In second place with rounds of 80-82-162 was Angelique Seymour (Fayetteville, NC 2019).  In third place was Catherine Stoerker (Cumming, GA 2020) with 81-85-166.  In fourth place with rounds of 85-82-167 was Emma Charles (Hartsville, SC 2019).  In fifth place was Tatum Warr (Hartsville, SC 2018).

The PKBGT returns to action with the Carolina’s Classic @ Carolina Trace and the Maryland Classic @ Laytonsville GC on May 5-6, 2017!

The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour is an initiative of the Triad Youth Golf Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation aimed at increasing learning and playing opportunities for youth golfers. Based out of Greensboro, North Carolina, the PKBGT offers affordable, high-quality nationally ranked girls’ golf tournaments designed to prepare junior girls’ golfers for high school and collegiate golf. The PKBGT is the nation’s largest “girls’ only” junior tour with over 500 members in 2016 and over 450 girls playing in or committed to collegiate golf. Learn more about the tour at pkbgt.org or by contacting Tour Director Mike Parker at mparker@pkbgt.org or 336-347-8537.

 

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2017 Season Primer: Which PKBGT Series is Right for Me?

As we begin the 2017 season on the PKBGT, we would like to lay out a few key policies and procedures for the Tour, including a few changes,  that will help you navigate the tour this season.  We are excited about the many new opportunities in this our 11th season.  With the continued growth of the tour, now with over 600 active participants, new Series and events are being offered to provide the best experience for all our members!

Vol. 1 – Event Entry Policies – Important Notes for the 2017 Season
Vol. 2 – Which PKBGT Series is Right for Me? 
Vol. 3 – Rankings & National Exposure on the PKBGT – Get seen, achieving your goals

 


Which Event is Right For Me

Which PKBGT Series is Right for Me?

 
One of the questions I get most often is: Which event is right for my daughter?  One of the most challenging aspects for junior golf families is making educated decisions on when, where and what to play.  Many families do not have an instructor who is educated in competitive girls’ golf or understand the college recruiting process to be armed with the knowledge necessary to make quality decisions for their daughter and her on-course development.

One of the greatest assets that the PKBGT has is a staff of golf professionals who specialize in these arenas.  The tour is constructed to help develop junior girls’ abilities and to provide a platform for them to achieve their collegiate golf dreams.  I am blessed to have the guiding hand of tour co-founder Robert Linville, a past NCAA National Coach of the Year and Carolina’s PGA Teacher of the Year and the consultation of Brandi Jackson, RecruitPKB College Consultant and a past LPGA Tour player.  In addition, we receive constant input from engaged parents, golf professionals and our staff thru our PKBGT Tour committee. Along with my 14 years of experience operating junior tournaments at all levels of development, we have developed a new way of thinking about competitive girls’ golf.

The key difference of the PKBGT is the elimination of age divisions to put the focus on yardage/skill based divisions.  This has proven a stronger platform to attract and retain tournament players.  In addition, the “girls’ only” environment fosters an atmosphere of inclusion, where the girl’s and their families feel special, engaged and prioritized which is too often lacking in the other tours and associations.  By producing larger and deeper fields, the college coaches now have a one-stop shop to recruit players on a regional & national level, illustrated by the over 550 PKBGT members who have played in or committed to play in collegiate golf in the first 10 years of the tour.

I will examine the most common types of players that we come across and the key factors to consider for each.  In addition, I will highlight what the PKBGT has to offer for these players.  In the end, a player should seek out events where she is comfortable, confident and in a position to develop.

>> My daughter is a highly ranked, elite tournament player

Elite tournament golfers, those ranked in the Top 250 in national rankings, have a wealth of opportunities to play, including junior and amateur events.  For players still in the recruiting process, researching collegiate programs and communicating with coaches is a key factor in tournament selection.  As you identify schools that interest you, finding the events that these coaches attend and where players they have recruited played is helpful.  In addition, playing events at their home course or at courses they play during their collegiate season will increase exposure.  For players who have already signed, make sure to not abandon tournament golf all together to stay sharp and be ready to excel when you set foot on campus that fall.

In the end, coaches are looking for low scores, and at the elite level, the ability to prove you can shoot these scores against the strongest competition in the toughest of conditions.  It is these reasons that the PKBGT plays our longest yardages and challenging setups during our Championship events, the most elite being the PKBGT Invitational each fall.  The PKBGT conducts 10 of these Championships each year, all a part of the PKBGT Bell Series which runs from November and August.  During the summer months, focus on raising your profile by qualifying for USGA Championships and strong finishes in state & national championships.

>> My daughter is a regional/national level high school aged tournament player

This player has played competitive golf for multiple years and is competitive playing courses from 5,800+ yards.  This player needs to seek out events that play longer yardages and seek out more regional, larger fields.  In doing this, you strengthen your state and national ranking, many of which utilize factors such as strength of schedule and number of players beat to determine standing.  Your ranking will be a factor, but it will not be the deciding factor.  It is only one tool coach’s use, and keep in mind that many of the ranking systems are only focused on a specific sector of junior golf.  For example, Golfweek only ranks a select number of events in its rankings and Junior Golf Scoreboard only ranks multi-day junior events.  Both leave out amateur events and many golf association events which can be beneficial to your tournament resume.

In the end, the factor the coaches want to see is low scores and high finishes from 5,800+ yardages.   On the PKBGT, our ranking system is called the PKBGT Performance Index.  The principle factor determining your ranking on our index and many of the ranking systems is called Scoring Differential.  Scoring differential is the course rating for that course and yardage subtracted from your score that round.  In addition, the index factors in how many players you have beat and events you have won in the last 12 months.

For this level player, the PKBGT offers two Series which provide beneficial competition and exposure for this level player, the Bell National Series and the Prep Regional Series.

The Bell National Series is a 17 event series that features events played from 5,800 – 6,200 yards at some of the top-venues on the east coast.  We focus on collegiate courses that are either on college campuses or host elite women’s collegiate events.  This allows are junior players to get exposure to the programs and facilities they will compete on at the next level.  Most Bell Series events are ranked by the Golfweek Rankings system and offer enhanced AJGA Performance Based Entry in addition to exemptions from elite national events including the Joe Cheves Invitational and the Optimist International Jr Championships.  For example, the PKBGT Invitational, Tournament of Champions and Tar Heel Classic were all listed as Top-100 events in the country by ranking and 3 of the few available on the East Coast.

The Prep Regional Series includes 46 events that run year-round in 3 regions across the country, North Carolina, Southeast & Middle Atlantic and players must meet eligibility criteria to participate.  Prep events are played from 5,600 – 6,000 yards and provide collegiate level competition and setups for players developing a regional and national profile.  Players transitioning to the longer yardage should start in the Prep One-Day events while players looking to enhance their ranking and profile can focus on the multi-day events.

For each Series, the multi-day events field sizes average in the upper 40’s, many of the premier events offering full fields of 66 girls.  The Order of Merit champions for these Series in the first 10 years of the tour have been some of the top junior players on the East Coast, including 2-time champion and current LPGA Professional Katherine Perry.

>> My daughter is a developing high school player with a limited tournament resume

This player has played on her high school team and some competitive tournaments.   The focus for this player needs to be 100% on development.  Disregard the rankings, competition level or any other factor that is not specifically about developing the skills your daughter is lacking.  Golf in the end is a game between the player and the course.  The factors that lead to higher scores for this level player do not lie in what others around her are doing or how far she hits her driver, it lies in the execution of irons, short game proficiency and putting.

For the high school player who is in this category, I understand the pressure that comes with feeling behind in the process and the rush to play longer yardages because that is what the “coaches want to see” instead of where you at it in the development process.  The reality is golf is a very difficult game to “figure out” by wading in the deep in.  A longer course setup is not overcome by long drives.  Your average approach increases, especially on par 3’s and 4’s, and greens hit in regulation decreases which put an even greater strain on your short game and putting to score.  Remember, the biggest thing the coach that will be recruiting your daughter wants to see is lower scores and the tools they feel they can develop.  There is no doubt that every player wanting to play in collegiate golf needs to show what they shoot from 5,800 but from my experience, even a player who focuses on development and does not rush back will find a home on a college roster.

It is for these reasons that the PKBGT designed our divisions by yardage and not age.  Many girls come to come from team sports at a later age than boys and this player has a much greater opportunity to play collegiate golf than their male counterparts.  The PKBGT progression starts with our Futures Series which plays competitive, nationally ranked tournaments from 5,100 – 5,500 yards.  The Futures National Series features multi-day events and Championships, with nationally ranked events and a competitive atmosphere.  The Futures One-Day Series provide the starting point for many players looking to gain 18-hole competitive experience in an environment specific to their place in the developmental process.

High school players in this grouping should be focused on the multi-day events on the Futures Series which are playing more difficult setups and more competitive fields.  In my opinion, a player in this situation can gain more confidence competing near the top of the leaderboard and shooting lower scores than posting a mid/high-90’s round at the bottom of the leaderboard just for the sake of playing the longer yardage.  Shooting lower scores is a mindset just as much as it is an accumulation of skills that allow it to happen.  Once this player has reached this stage, they are ready to compete in the Prep Regional Series which plays 5,600 – 5,900 yards.  On the PKBGT, high school players automatically qualify for Prep Regional Series eligibility by having a scoring differential under 18 which equates to a scoring average in the high 80’s

>> My daughter is an accomplished 14 & under player tournament player

The growth of the U.S. Kids tournament model has been a great asset for developing more tournament tested 14 & under juniors.  These players know what lower scores feel like as they started with age appropriate yardages at an earlier age.  Mentally, it is much easier to maintain a level of scoring as you increase distance than the old model of starting day 1 at the red tees and trying to work your way down from 120, to 100, to 90, etc…  For that reason, it is very beneficial for this player to find tournaments at the transitional yardage (5,000 – 5,400 yards) and not allowing caddies as they come out of US Kids around age 11 or 12.

Many times, the hardest part of this phase is on the parents, not the kids.  The girls are very versed in competition and playing golf at this point but are in need of confidence and emotional development that comes from doing it on their own.  The parents have to go “cold turkey” from the protector of their daughter’s game as caddie to a spectator.  It is not an easy transition!  The biggest thing parents need to realize is the quicker your player can take ownership of her own game, the sooner she will make the jump from elite US Kids player to elite junior player.  The collegiate game requires independence and self-discipline to excel, skills that your daughter will have to learn for herself.

I highly encourage all parents following their kids to never be in earshot of your player while on the course.  If they hit a bad shot, their first reaction cannot be to turn and look for mommy or daddy.  You do not want to be the emotional crutch for your player on the course.  That is what a good hug after the round is for!  Your player is already a good player, now she has to develop the intangibles to a great golfer.

The PKBGT offers a competitive Futures National Series which provides nationally ranked competitions from 5,000 – 5,400 yards.  These events are all multiple days and provide USGA Rules officials on-site to assist these players as they make the adjustment to playing on their own.  The player should set specific goals for competing (break 75, win an event, win a PKBGT Championship).  The most elite 14 & under players may only spend one season at the Futures level before moving to the longer yardage.  The main factor to consider in this move is does your daughter drive the ball long enough to compete at 5,800 yards and has she fully accomplished all that she set out to at this level?

>> My daughter is new to tournaments and looking to get her feet wet

The biggest impact the PKBGT has had in our 10 years is in this group of players.  We are most proud of the fact that high school girls’ golf competition has grown considerably in our region during this period.  The most important factor for this player is having a quality first event experience to motivate and engage the player.  Golf tournaments are scary, especially at first… Am I good enough to be here?  Do I know the rules well enough?  Am I wearing the right outfit?  Are the other girls going to laugh/sneer at me?  I do not need to tell you the social dynamic is a huge component to a 12 – 16 year old female.

With these questions in mind, seeking out positive tournaments can be a challenge.  The co-ed environment by in its inherent nature can be problematic for new tournament players who are female.  The small girls’ field sizes that are typical to these events lend the girls to be after thoughts, teeing off last and given little attention.  In addition, players are paired by age and not skill, creating anxiety in groups as stronger players can be annoyed and less experience players are self-conscious and nervous as to the effect they are having on others.

The PKBGT has specifically structured our system to accommodate this player.  No matter the player’s age, the Futures One-Day Series provides an ideal starting point.  Players who scores are under 100 per 18-hole round should look either to the Futures National Series (multi-day events) or the Futures One-Day Series as an entrance point.  Players who scores are over 100 should look to the Futures One-Day Series as a starting point as these events use modified scoring and rules to assist in player development.

One other key aspect for the new tournament player is the PKBGT pairing policy.  For all first rounds, our pairing policy includes creating sub-groups in each division based on a marriage of player skill and age.  We randomly pair players within these sub-groups to foster a group of likeness and commonality, creating an opportunity to make new friends and enjoy the day.    Eliminating these environmental and social obstacles allow the player to focus on the task at hand, competing against the golf course!

>> We live in the north and want to get exposure to southern colleges

Many players are looking for warmer climates for the college golfing experience and they seek exposure to the southern colleges and coaches.  For this reason, the largest growth sector of the PKBGT has been players from the Midwest and Northeast, making up almost 18% of the tour membership despite the fact no tournaments are currently being operated in these areas.  Either by playing in events at these southern colleges or attending a summer camp at the school, use these travel weekends as a chance to tour the local schools and communities.   You will gain awareness to what is available to you while providing the coaches a barometer to elevate your skill against the players they are most familiar with.

 

I hope this has helped you better understand the process and how the PKBGT is working to provide quality opportunities for all junior girls’ wishing to compete.  Do you have any feedback on this article or your personal experiences in selecting tournaments?  Please join the conversation below.  We believe the PKBGT is the right place for your daughter and we strive to accomplish the mission each day.

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About the Author:

Mike Parker is a Co-Founder and Tour Director of the PKBGT.   Mike has been directing junior golf tournaments for the last 13 years including local, regional and national events.  To contact Mike, please call 336-347-8537 or email mparker@pkbgt.org.

 

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2017 Season Primer: Event Entry Policies

As we begin the 2017 season on the PKBGT, we would like to lay out a few key policies and procedures for the Tour, including a few changes,  that will help you navigate the tour this season.  We are excited about the many new opportunities in this our 11th season.  With the continued growth of the tour, now with over 600 active participants, new Series and events are being offered to provide the best experience for all our members!


 
Priority Based Entry

The PKBGT Priority Based Entry system exists to create a registration method for Championship & elite national Classic events.  This system guarantees our top players are ensured the strongest fields for these events to promote ranking growth and national exposure by having some of the strongest fields on the East Coast. For example, the PKBGT Invitational, PKBGT Tournament of Champions and Tarheel Classic were all top 75 events in the country in 2016 and most of the PKBGT Championships were inside the Top 200.

For each event that uses the Priority system, a players ranking on the PKBGT Performance Index, National Junior Golf Scoreboard and other ranking factors will be considered to determine the field. Please note the registration deadline for these events has been moved forward a week to accommodate the waiting list players to provide adequate time to arrange travel plans. Read the full explanation about PKBGT Priority Based Entry by clicking here.
 


 

Standard Deadlines

Below are the standard deadlines for the different type events on the PKBGT

Event Type Closing Date
(Prior To Closing)
Discount Deadline
(Prior To Closing)
Championships 26 Days with Priority Based Entry
19 Days without
N/A
Classics 19 Days with Priority Based Entry
12 Days without
45 Days
One-Day’s 5 Days 45 Days

 


 

Withdraw Policy

Below is the official PKBGT policy for withdrawing from events either prior to or at an event.  ALL withdrawals will be accessed a $25 processing fee.

  • Withdrawal BEFORE the Event Deadline - Any player withdrawing before the event deadline will be granted a tour credit to be used at a future event or a refund minus a $25 processing fee.
  • Withdrawal BEFORE the Withdrawal Deadline – Any player withdrawing after the event close date and before the withdraw deadline will be charged a $25 processing fee. The remaining balance will be placed as a credit on their PKBGT account.
  • Withdrawal AFTER the Withdraw Deadline – Any player withdrawing after the withdraw deadline will not be entitled to any tour credit. Many courses require the Tour to lock-in an amount of players and thus the Tour is charged for this amount. Individual cases will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Withdrawal AT an event – Any player wishing to withdrawal from an event during competition must do so directly with a tournament or rules official.  Your scorecard and the player you are marking for must be attested before leaving your group.  Failure to do so will result in a “No Card (NC)” and will be reported to the rankings systems.  Note – All withdrawals are reported to the ranking systems without note to the justification for them and listed on your tournament listing as such.  You will need to explain all WD’s on your personal tournament resume to coaches directly.

 

Next Post: Player Classification/Status & Tournament Options

Our next post will focus on the different levels of competition and player classifications within the PKBGT.  Players can compete at various levels on the PKBGT Performance Pathway and can earn advancement through play on and off the PKBGT.  Make sure to check back for more information.

 

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Preview: Hampton Roads Classic @ Cahoon Plantation

The PKBGT returns to action on July 23-24 with the Hampton Roads Classic at Cahoon Plantation Golf Club.  Cahoon has served as one of the practice courses for the Old Dominion University women’s golf team.  It is also home to the Girls Golf site of Hampton Roads.  Cahoon Plantation Golf Club

Featured in the Prep Series are Mackenzie Battle (Aberdeen, NC 2018), Casey Morrow (Mars, PA 2017) and Rebecca DiNunzio (Norfolk, VA 2019).  Battle is ranked 10th on the Prep Series Order of Merit and had three top-5 finishes this season.  Morrow is ranked 73rd on the PKBGT Performance Index and had two top-5 finishes this year.  DiNunzio is ranked 33rd on the Performance Index and placed second at the Commonwealth Classic this year.

Featured in the Futures Series are Paris Fieldings (Suffolk, VA 2023), Katelyn Kenthack (Pinehurst, NC 2020) and Shalie Williams (Shawboro, NC 2018).  Fieldings is currently ranked seventh on the Futures Series Order of Merit and has not finished outside of 5th place in in the five tournaments she’s played with the PKBGT this season.  Kenthack is ranked 11th on the Futures One-Day Order for Merit and finished in second place at the One-Day Series event at Pinewood CC.  Williams is currently ranked 12th in Futures Series and placed fifth in the Tar Heel Classic.

Awards will be presented to the top-5 finishers in each series.  We look forward to a great event!

The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour is an initiative of the Triad Youth Golf Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation aimed at increasing learning and playing opportunities for youth golfers. Based out of Greensboro, North Carolina, the PKBGT offers affordable, high-quality nationally ranked girls’ golf tournaments designed to prepare junior girls’ golfers for high school and collegiate golf. The PKBGT is the nation’s largest “girls’ only” junior tour with over 450 members in 2015 and 450 girls playing in or committed to collegiate golf. Learn more about the tour at pkbgt.org or by contacting Tour Director Mike Parker at mparker@pkbgt.org or 336-347-8537.

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Update: Tindal, Elliott lead Metrolina Classic

On Saturday, May 9, the 2015 Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour played the first round of the Metrolina Classic at Rock Hill Country Club. Rock Hill, home to the Winthrop University women’s golf team, is a fantastic course for this two-day tournament. The event features a field 38 players from the PKB Girls’ Golf Tour, the nation’s largest “girls’ only” junior tour with over 425 members in 2014 and over 350 girls playing in or committed to collegiate golf.

In the Bell Series after round one, Jodee Tindal (Rock Hill, SC 2017) is leading the field by five strokes at two over par with a score of 74. Jensen Castle (West Columbia, SC 2019) and Keri Kenkel (Charlotte, NC 2017) are tied for second at seven over par, each with scores of 79.

In the Future Series after round one, Madison Elliott (Little River, SC 2017) is leading the field by one stroke at six over par with a score of 78. Not far behind Elliott is Emily Dunlap (Greenville, SC 2019) at seven over par with a score of 79 and Muskan Uppal (Cornelius, NC 2019) at nine over par with a score of 81.

Sunny skies with temperatures in the mid 80s are in the forecast for Sunday. Looks like a beautiful day for the final round!

The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour is an initiative of the Triad Youth Golf Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation aimed at increasing learning and playing opportunities for youth golfers. Based out of Greensboro, North Carolina, the PKBGT offers low cost, nationally ranked girls’ golf tournaments designed to prepare junior girls’ golfers for high school and collegiate golf. Learn more about the tour at pkbgt.org or by contacting Tour Director Mike Parker at mparker@pkbgt.org or 336-347-8537.

 

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TGG: Rankings, Do they Matter? – How to get seen and achieve your goals on the PKBGT

Rankings, Do they Matter? – How to get seen and achieve your goals on the PKBGT

As 2015 begins, we are excited for our 9th season of the PKB Girls’ Golf Tour.  During January, I am providing a tour primer, outlining what’s new on the tour, answer some frequently asked questions and alert you to some items to be sure not to miss.   This week, I will focus on the rankings systems, their importance to your junior golfer, and how increased national exposure is being generated by the PKBGT.

As I discussed two weeks ago, many families struggle with tournament selection and choosing the right tournament for your level.  Many feel the need to chase a ranking or status that they see another player may have.  My feeling is the rankings have value for many players, but not as much as you would think and almost zero to the majority of players, especially those not playing a national schedule.  If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at 336-347-8537 or mparker @ pkbgt.org.

1/4 – What’s new for 2015? – Collegiate Series, Let’s Play Campaign and more
1/11 – PKBGT Series & Choosing which is right for me?
1/18 – Accomplishing the Mission – Why the PKBGT is right place for your daughter
1/25 – Rankings, Do they matter? – How to get seen and achieve your goals on the PKBGT

 


National Exposure on the PKBGT

>> Rankings, Do they Matter?

For the established and aspiring national level player, the national rankings systems establish a benchmark for the recruiting process.  Coaches review the rankings to identify players and gain an initial knowledge of the player’s ability.  This is especially true for players from outside their traditional recruiting area.  We experience often with players from the Midwest who are looking to come to school in the South.  A coach will compare this player against a local recruit to establish an initial comparison.

The key word here is “initial” as the rankings systems do carry an inherent bias to players in warmer climates as the majority of ranked events play in these areas, increased practice time availability, etc…  Do not fret if your ranking may be higher, this is only the starting point for coaches.  They will make their decision on recruitment off what they see in person and the scores you shoot, not by who is ranked the highest.  Though, do not be surprised if they request you play additional tournaments where other players they are recruiting are playing.  The ranking systems are trying to judge fairly and evenly, but creating these apples to apples comparisons in person are the best method of evaluation.

For players still in the development process, a ranking is only a number on paper and should have no bearing on the decisions you make.  Stay focused on lowering your scores, not your ranking.   The Junior Golf Scoreboard currently ranks 2687 junior girls.  For reference, players ranked in the 2,000’s currently have signed to play college golf next year.  Being that so few players above 100-200 in the national rankings ever play head to head, the rankings become very subjective to the methodology used per system and thus get more and more inaccurate the higher up the rankings you go.  For that reason, the PKBGT utilizes a ranking system called the Performance Index which is heavily weighted towards scoring differential, your score versus the course rating, which is more accurate throughout the ranking.

On the PKBGT, our partnerships with the Golfweek/Titleist Ratings, AJGA Performance Based Entry, Junior Golf Scoreboard, the Joe Cheves Invitational and the state ranking systems of North & South Carolina we are increasing the opportunities for our members.  These rankings allow PKBGT members to be recognized on a national stage by collegiate coaches as well as provide a forum to attract more exposure and recognition to the PKBGT and our players.  Below I will highlight the different ranking systems and how they relate to your junior and the PKBGT.

 

>> PKBGT PERFORMANCE INDEX

The Performance Index, http://pkb.shotstat.com/TournamentScoring/PerformanceIndex.aspx, is the official ranking system of the PKBGT.  All players who participate on the tour earn a ranking on the Index, with official status on the Index being earned when a player completes 5 tournament rounds on the PKBGT.  Players who have yet to complete 5 rounds are given a provisional index rank that shows where they will rank once they complete the minimum rounds requirement.  The Index ranks each player based on scores, finish in events and tournaments won.  Players scoring is ranked based on scoring differential, the players score each round subtracted by the course rating for that course.  Scoring differential is a more accurate judge of player scoring than scoring average as it factors in the difficulty of the course and setup.  The Index also factors in a weighted points earned which examines how many players a player beats in each event and the series they are participating in.  Players also receive a bonus for event victories and the level of the event.

 

>> GOLFWEEK/TITLEIST JUNIOR RATINGS

Golfweek explains their system as “Jeff Sagarin’s rating system is based on a mathematical formula that uses a player’s won-lost-tied record against other players when they play on the same course on the same day, and the stroke differential between those players, then links all players to one another based on common opponents. The ratings give an indication of who is playing well over the past 52 weeks.”  The rating is calculated using a player’s record, stroke differential and connection to all the other players in the database.  In addition, the rating looks at schedule strength, schedule rank and the overall player win/loss record and requires 5 Golfweek approved events be played in before a player is given a rating.

The Golfweek ratings are very selective as it ranks only 289 events yearly and are the elite ranking system for junior players.   Learn more at http://www.golfweekrankings.com/ellington/default.asp?t=girls.  Players who play a national schedule are very accurately ranked as all national events are included.  Though, with this limited pool of events to judge players and its reliance on head to head competition to rank players, players who do not play a national schedule are not always accurately ranked.  The ratings illustrate the strength of national events like the US Girls’ Championships and Joe Cheves Invitational and the AJGA Invitationals.

Of the 289 ranked events, the average strength of tournament for all PKBGT events is 156 per the Golfweek tournament database as of January 25, 2015 with the strongest event being the 2014 PKBGT Invitational at 99.  This means the average PKBGT event you can play in would be ranked 156th out of 289 events.  This is the 2nd strongest of all national tours east of the Mississippi, with the AJGA in 1st at 98.  For reference, other tours in the east average event ranking include the Hurricane Junior Tour (HJGT) at 194, the PGA Junior Series at 203, the International Junior Tour (IJGT) at 209, and Southeastern Junior Tour (SJGT) at 237 to name a few.  With the inclusion of strength of schedule and schedule rank in their calculation, the strength of tournament is a factor to consider in choosing a tournament.

For 2015, Golfweek/Titleist Ratings will continue to rank PKBGT Championships and the Tar Heel Classic at UNC Chapel Hill.  Ratings will be submitted for all Bell & Prep Series players who complete the maximum amount of holes played per ranking regulations.  As noted above, PKBGT events continue rank highest among junior tours, earning event strengths well above other regional tours in the East and rivaling some of the biggest tournaments in the country for our PKBGT Championships.

 

>> AJGA PERFORMANCE BASED ENTRY

As stated by the AJGA, the “Performance Based Entry was introduced in 2003 as the means to determine AJGA tournament fields. This enables 12- to 18-year-old members to earn their way into AJGA tournaments based on performances at the national, regional and state levels”.   Performance Stars are required for players to gain entry into any AJGA events.  By playing events at the regional and local level, players earn these Stars to gain entry.

Again for 2015, the PKBGT maintains elevated status in the AJGA PBE.  Players in all PKBGT divisions are eligible for AJGA PBE Performance Stars with qualifying performances.  In the Bell & Prep Series, all PKBGT Championship winners receive 8 Performance Stars.  The 2nd and 3rd place finishers will receive 4 Stars.  For Classic events, all Bell & Prep champions will receive 4 Stars.  For events with at least 18 in the Bell or Prep field, those who finish in the Top 10% of field are guaranteed 1 Star.  For the Futures Series, all Championship & Classic event champions will receive 1 Performance Star.   With an average of 50 players in Classic events in 2014, PKBGT is poised to provide the most opportunities on the East Coast this spring for players to earn AJGA status.  The PKBGT will automatically submit tournament results to AJGA for players to receive recognition.  Learn more at http://www.ajga.org/TournInfo/PBE/TOC.asp.

 

>> JUNIOR GOLF SCOREBOARD

All multi-day events will be ranked by JGE in 2015 for the Bell, Prep and Futures Series.  PKBGT will automatically submit results to JGE with each division being ranked separately.  All players will earn a national and state ranking through JGE which offers a searchable database for all players on their website.  Learn more at http://www.juniorgolfscoreboard.com/rankings_display.asp?gender=G.

DID YOU KNOW: Three PKBGT members are currently ranked in the Top-20 in the Junior Golf Scoreboard national rankings, 2010 Colonial Open champion Lauren Stephenson (2015, Lexington, SC), 2013 Carolina’s Classic champion Bailey Tardy (2015, Norcross, GA) and 2013 PKBGT Open Championship champion Jillian Hollis (2015, Rocky River, OH).

 

>> ADDITIONAL RANKING PARTNERSHIPS

Additionally, players may seek entry into national Invitation only events or in the case of the states of North & South Carolina, gain points in the statewide ranking systems.  On the PKBGT, all champions in PKBGT Championship events in the Bell & Prep Series earn an exemption into the 2015 Joe Cheves Invitational.  In addition, the runner-up in the PKBGT Open Championships will earn an exemption to one of most prestigious Invitational’s in junior golf.

For our North & South Carolina members, performance in the Bell & Prep Series will earn ranking points with the State Ranking Systems.  For NC, increased multiplier status exists for the PKBGT Invitational & Open Championships in addition to the additional PKBGT Championships.  All Bell/Prep players who compete at a PKBGT event will earn ranking points.  For the South Carolina rankings, a 4x multiplier status is awarded for all PKBGT Championship events and the NC University Classic in the Bell & Prep Series.  All PKBGT Classics events in GA, SC or NC will also count towards SCJGA rankings provided the player finishes in the top 50% of players per SCJGA guidelines.

 

In the end, many different systems exist to rank junior golfers.  Players should seek out events that challenge them and maintain the focus on the key goal, shooting low scores.  Once you have maintained consistent success at a level, supplement your schedule with stronger events to test your game.  Follow this formula and you will find your ranking will take care of itself.

 

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About the Author:

Mike Parker is a Co-Founder and Tour Director of the PKBGT.   Mike has been directing junior golf tournaments for the last 11 years including local, regional and national events.  To contact Mike, please call 336-347-8537 or email mparker@pkbgt.org.

 

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PKBGT – Accomplishing the Mission – 8 years of the PKBGT and what it means for you

As 2015 begins, we are excited for our 9th season of the PKB Girls’ Golf Tour.  During January, I am providing a tour primer, outlining what’s new on the tour, answer some frequently asked questions and alert you to some items to be sure not to miss.   This week, I will focus on the growth of the PKBGT and what it means for you.  Through growing participation across the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest the tour continues to grow and remains the largest “girls’ only” tour in the country.  In addition, new sponsorship partnerships, the Let’s Play Campaign and support from the LPGA further assist the PKBGT in fulfilling our mission of increased competitive opportunities for female golfers and creating a pathway to college golf.  If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at 336-347-8537 or mparker@pkbgt.org.

1/4 – What’s new for 2015? – Collegiate Series, Let’s Play Campaign and more
1/11 – PKBGT Series & Choosing which is right for me?
1/18 – Accomplishing the Mission – Why the PKBGT is right place for your daughter

1/25 – Rankings & National Exposure on the PKBGT – Get seen, achieving your goals

 


Accomplishing the Mission

>> INCREASED COMPETITION & EXPOSURE

 2014 saw the tour membership grow to 440 girls, an 18% increase from 2013, including large growth in the Mid-Atlantic & Midwest.  During the 2014 season, membership was evenly distributed between the Bell & Futures divisions.  For 2015, with the inclusion of a more robust third competitive option, the Prep Series, we project our growth to continue, providing even stronger and diverse fields.  With the addition of the Prep & Futures One-Day Series in the 2015 tour, we will have numerous opportunities for players of all stages of the development process to compete and be recognized.

With the influx of new players from new regions, the strength and size of tournament fields were the benefit, as noted by the elevated national ranking recognition of tour events by Golfweek and the AJGA Performance Based Entry System.  For example, for all multi-events, all champions in the Bell, Prep & Futures Series will receive Performance Stars with additional recognition for the 10% of finishers in the Bell & Prep Series.  In the Bell & Prep Series, PKBGT Championship winners will receive 8 stars, 2nd & 3rd finishers will receive 4 stars while in traditional 2-day Classic events the event champion will receive 4 stars.  Next week’s article will focus more in depth on rankings, their importance, and how PKBGT utilizes them.

>> GET SEEN – COACHES ON SITE AT PKBGT EVENTS

 RecruitPKB College Consultant Brandi Jackson keeps in regular communication with collegiate coaches to learn what they are looking for and inviting them to attend and recruit at PKBGT events.  Our college database of engaged coaches has grown to over 250 schools, including 133 schools who have successfully recruited a PKBGT member.  PKBGT Championships and Classic events are prime opportunities to see numerous coaches following the action on-site while many are in regular contact with PKBGT offices for players contact information and available players for recruitment.  PKBGT maintains a current list of uncommitted players for upcoming graduation years which are distributed to coaches on request.  Learn more about programs recruiting PKB at http://recruit.pkbgt.org/collegeresearchcenter.php.

>> PLAY COLLEGE GOLF – RecruitPKB MEMBER SIGNINGS

 The early signing period this past November was the biggest yet for the PKBGT with 58 members from the Class of 2015 signing national letters of intent to play collegiate golf this fall.  In the 8 year history of the tour, 333 members have fulfilled this dream!  Also exciting is another 14 members from the Classes of 2016 & 2017 have already made verbal commitments to play collegiate golf in the future.  A key mission of the PKBGT since its founding, these statistics re-energize our efforts as our players reach their goals.  With the RecruitPKB initiative led by College Consultant Brandi Jackson, we are poised to continue this trend and provide the events and resources to help PKBGT families navigate and be seen during the college recruiting process.  Learn more at http://recruit.pkbgt.org/.

>> EXCEL BEYOUND JUNIOR GOLF – ALUMNI EXCELLING IN THE COLLEGIATE RANKS & BEYOND

It is exciting for us to see the girls continue to have success when they reach the collegiate ranks and beyond.   Most exciting is to see two past PKBGT members earning professional status for 2015 on the LPGA Symetra Tour.   2008 & 2009 PKBGT Order of Merit season champion and UNC Chapel Hill graduate Katherine Perry (Cary, NC) earned full-time status through LPGA Qualifying School while Laura Wearn (Charlotte, NC) returns for a second season.

In addition, PKBGT alumni are making waves on the amateur golf circuit. Recent UNC Wilmington graduate Lori Beth Adams (Burlington, NC) earned Top-5 finishes at both the Harder Hall Women’s Invitational and the Women’s South Atlantic Amateur Championship “the Sally”, two of the most prestigious women’s amateur events in the country.  Current Wake Forest golfer Allison Emery (Charlotte, NC) also placed in the Top 5 at the Harder Hall.

At the collegiate ranks, 11 PKBGT Alumni are currently ranked in the Top 100 in the Shotstat Collegiate Rankings.  At the Division 1 level, Emery is currently ranked 28th, Kayla Jones (Alpharetta, GA, Florida State University) at 62nd,  Lucia Polo (Greensboro, NC, Tennessee University) at 89th, and Eunice Yi (Evans, GA, Augusta State University) at 99th.  At the Division 2 level, Ashlii Thompson (Brown Summit, NC, UNC Pembroke) is 42nd, Maddisen Cox (Easley, SC, Converse College) is 46th, Rachel Moore (Lexington, SC, Erskine College) is 51st, Madison Kennedy (Salisbury, NC, Catawba College) is 63rd, Laura Bird (Maxton, NC, UNC Pembroke) is 74th, Ali Green (West Chester, OH, Ashland University) is 87th, Paige Lyle (Orlando, FL, Rollins College) is 91st.  In addition, Mary Frances Hall (St. Road, NC, Washington & Lee University) is currently ranked 8th in Division 3 national rankings.

 

About the Author:

Mike Parker is a Co-Founder and Tour Director of the PKBGT.   Mike has been directing junior golf tournaments for the last 11 years including local, regional and national events.  To contact Mike, please call 336-347-8537 or email mparker@pkbgt.org.

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Which Event is Right for my Daughter?

As 2015 begins, we are excited for our 9th season of the PKB Girls’ Golf Tour.  During January, I will be providing a tour primer, outlining what’s new on the tour, answer some frequently asked questions and alert you to some items to be sure not to miss.  If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at 336-347-8537 or mparker@pkbgt.org.

1/4 – What’s new for 2015? – Collegiate Series, Let’s Play Campaign and more
1/11 – PKBGT Series & Choosing which is right for me?
1/18 – Accomplishing the Mission – Why the PKBGT is right place for your daughter
1/25 – Rankings & National Exposure on the PKBGT – Get seen, achieving your goals

 


Which Event is Right For Me

One of the questions I get most often is: Which event is right for my daughter?  One of the most challenging aspects for junior golf families is making educated decisions on when, where and what to play.  Many families do not have an instructor who is educated in competitive girls’ golf or understand the college recruiting process to be armed with the knowledge necessary to make quality decisions for their daughter.

One of the greatest assets that the PKBGT has is a staff of golf professionals who specialize in these arenas.  The tour is constructed to help develop junior girls’ abilities and to provide a platform for them to achieve their collegiate golf dreams.  I am blessed to have the guiding hand of tour co-founder Robert Linville, a past NCAA National Coach of the Year and Carolina’s PGA Teacher of the Year and the consultation of Brandi Jackson, RecruitPKB College Consultant and a past LPGA Tour player.  In addition, we receive constant input from engaged parents, golf professionals and our staff thru our PKBGT Tour committee. Along with my 12 years of experience operating junior tournaments at all levels of development, we have developed a new way of thinking about competitive girls’ golf.

The key difference of the PKBGT is the elimination of age divisions to put the focus on yardage/skill based divisions.  This has proven a stronger platform to attract and retain tournament players.  In addition, the “girls’ only” environment fosters an atmosphere of inclusion, where the girl’s and their families feel special, engaged and prioritized which is too often lacking in the other tours and associations.  By producing larger and deeper fields, the college coaches now have a one-stop shop to recruit players on a regional & national level, illustrated by the 343 PKBGT members who have played in or committed to play in collegiate golf in the first 8 years of the tour.

I will examine the most common types of players that we come across and the key factors to consider for each.  In addition, I will highlight what the PKBGT has to offer for these players.  In the end, a player should seek out events where she is comfortable, confident and in a position to develop.

>> My daughter is a highly ranked, elite tournament player

Elite tournament golfers, those ranked in the Top 150 in national rankings, have a wealth of opportunities to play, including junior and amateur events.  For players still in the recruiting process, researching collegiate programs and communicating with coaches is a key factor in tournament selection.  As you identify schools that interest you, finding the events that these coaches attend and where players they have recruited played is helpful.  In addition, playing events at their home course or at courses they play during their collegiate season will increase exposure.  For players who have already signed, make sure to not abandon tournament golf all together to stay sharp and be ready to excel when you set foot on campus that fall.

In the end, coaches are looking for low scores, and at the elite level, the ability to prove you can shoot these scores against the strongest competition in the toughest of conditions.  It is these reasons that the PKBGT plays our longest yardages and challenging setups during our Championship events, the most elite being the PKBGT Invitational each fall.  The PKBGT conducts 7 of these Championships each year, 4 of them as part of the PKBGT Bell Series which runs from November and May.  During the summer months, focus on raising your profile by qualifying for USGA Championships and strong finishes in state & national championships.

>> My daughter is a regional/national level high school aged tournament player

This player has played competitive golf for multiple years and is competitive playing courses from 5,800+ yards.  This player needs to seek out events that play longer yardages and seek out more regional, larger fields.  In doing this, you strengthen your state and national ranking, many of which utilize factors such as strength of schedule and number of players beat to determine standing.  Your ranking will be a factor, but it will not be the deciding factor.  They are only one tool coach’s use, and keep in mind that many of the ranking systems are only focused on a specific sector of junior golf.  For example, Golfweek only ranks a select number of events in its rankings and Junior Golf Scoreboard only ranks multi-day junior events.  Both leave out amateur events and many golf association events which can be beneficial to your tournament resume.

In the end, the factor the coaches want to see is low scores and high finishes from 5,800+ yardages.   On the PKBGT, our ranking system is called the PKBGT Performance Index.  The principle factor determining your ranking on our index and many of the ranking systems is called Scoring Differential.  This is the course rating for that course and yardage subtracted from your score that round.  In addition, the index factors in how many players you have beat and events you have won in the last 12 months.

For this level player, the PKBGT offers two Series which provide beneficial competition and exposure for this level player, the Bell Series and the Prep Series, each playing 5,800+ yardage setups.  The Bell Series is a 12 event series with events from November to May and players must apply to be eligible to participate.  The Prep Series includes 18 events from March to August and players must meet eligibility criteria to participate.  For each Series, the multi-day events field sizes average in the upper 40’s, many of the premier events offering full fields of 63 girls.  The Order of Merit champions for these Series in the first 8 years of the tour have been some of the top junior players on the East Coast, including 2-time champion Katherine Perry who will compete on the LPGA Symetra Tour in 2015 following an All-American career at UNC Chapel Hill.

>> My daughter is a developing high school player with a limited tournament resume

This player has played on her high school team and some competitive tournaments.   The focus for this player needs to be 100% on development.  Disregard the rankings, competition level or any other factor that is not specifically about developing the skills your daughter is lacking.  Golf in the end is a game between the player and the course.  The factors that lead to higher scores for this level player do not lie in what others around her are doing or how far she hits her driver, it lies in the execution of irons, short game proficiency and putting.

For the high school player who is in this category, I understand the pressure that comes with feeling behind in the process and the rush to play longer yardages because that is what the “coaches want to see” instead of where you at it in the development process.  The reality is golf is a very difficult game to “figure out” by wading in the deep in.  A longer course setup is not overcome by long drives.  Your average approach increases, especially on par 3’s and 4’s, and greens hit decreases which put an even greater strain on your short game and putting to score.  Remember, the biggest thing the coach that will be recruiting your daughter wants to see is lower scores and the tools they feel they can develop.  There is no doubt that every player wanting to play in collegiate golf needs to show what they shoot from 5,800 but from my experience, even a player who focuses on development and does not rush back will find a home on a college roster.

It is for these reasons that the PKBGT designed our divisions by yardage and not age.  Many girls come to come from team sports at a later age than boys and this player has a much greater opportunity to play collegiate golf than their male counterparts.  The PKBGT progression starts with our Futures Series which plays competitive, nationally ranked tournaments from 5,100 – 5,400 yards.  High school players in this grouping should be focused on the multi-day events on the Futures Series which are playing more difficult setups and more competitive fields.  In my opinion, a player in this situation can gain more confidence competing near the top of the leaderboard and shooting lower scores than posting a mid/high-90’s round at the bottom of the leaderboard just for the sake of playing the longer yardage.  Shooting lower scores is a mindset just as much as it is an accumulation of skills that allow it to happen.  Once this player has reached this stage, they are ready to compete in the Prep Series which plays 5,600 – 5,900 yards.  On the PKBGT, high school players automatically qualify for Prep Series eligibility by having a scoring differential under 18 which equates to a scoring average in the high 80’s

>> My daughter is an accomplished 14 & under player tournament player

The growth of the U.S. Kids tournament model has been a great asset for developing more tournament tested 14 & under juniors.  These players know what lower scores feel like as they started with age appropriate yardages at an earlier age.  Mentally, it is much easier to maintain a level of scoring as you increase distance than the old model of starting day 1 at the red tees and trying to work your way down from 120, to 100, to 90, etc…  For that reason, it is very beneficial for this player to find tournaments at the transitional yardage (5,000 – 5,400 yards) and not allowing caddies as they come out of US Kids.

The hardest part of this phase is on the parents, not the kids.  The girls are very versed in competition and playing golf at this point but are in need of confidence and emotional development that comes from doing it on their own.  The parents have to go “cold turkey” from the protector of their daughter’s game as caddie to a spectator.  It is not an easy transition!  The biggest thing parents need to realize is the quicker your player can take ownership of her own game, the sooner she will make the jump from elite US Kids player to elite junior player.  The collegiate game requires independence and self-discipline to excel, skills that your daughter will have to learn for herself.

I highly encourage all parents following their kids to never be in earshot of your player while on the course.  If they hit a bad shot, their first reaction cannot be to turn and look for mommy or daddy.  You do not want to be the emotional crutch for your player on the course.  That is what a good hug after the round is for!  Your player is already a good player, now she has to develop the intangibles to a great golfer.

The PKBGT offers a competitive Futures Series which provides nationally ranked competitions from 5,000 – 5,300 yards.  These events are all multiple days and provide USGA Rules officials on-site to assist these players as they make the adjustment to playing on their own.  The player should set specific goals for competing (break 75, win an event, win a PKBGT Championship).  The most elite 14 & under players may only spend one season at the Futures level before moving to the longer yardage.  The main factor to consider in this move is does your daughter drive the ball long enough to compete at 5,800 yards and has she fully accomplished all that she set out to at this level?

>> My daughter is new to tournaments and looking to get her feet wet

The biggest impact the PKBGT has had in our 8 years is in this group of players.  We are most proud of the fact that high school girls’ golf competition has grown considerably in our region during this period.  The most important factor for this player is having a quality first event experience to motivate and engage the player.  Golf tournaments are scary, especially at first… Am I good enough to be here?  Do I know the rules well enough?  Am I wearing the right outfit?  Are the other girls going to laugh/sneer at me?  I do not need to tell you the social dynamic is a huge component to a 12 – 16 year old female.

With these questions in mind, seeking out positive tournaments can be a challenge.  The co-ed environment by in its inherent nature can be problematic for new tournament players who are female.  The small girls’ field sizes that are typical to these events lend the girls to be after thoughts, teeing off last and given little attention.  In addition, players are paired by age and not skill, creating anxiety in groups as stronger players can be annoyed and less experience players are self-conscious and nervous as to the effect they are having on others.

The PKBGT has specifically structured our system to accommodate this player.  No matter the player’s age, the PKBGT Futures Series provides an ideal starting point.  Players who scores are under 100 per 18-hole round should look either to the Futures Series (multi-day events) or the Futures One-Day Series as an entrance point.  Players who scores are over 100 should look to the Futures One-Day Series as a starting point as these events use modified scoring and rules to assist in player development.

One other key aspect for the new tournament player is the PKBGT pairing policy.  For all first rounds, our pairing policy includes creating sub-groups in each division based on a marriage of player skill and age.  We randomly pair players within these sub-groups to foster a group of likeness and commonality, creating an opportunity to make new friends and enjoy the day.    Eliminating these environmental and social obstacles allow the player to focus on the task at hand, competing against the golf course!

>> We live in the north and want to get exposure to southern colleges

Many players are looking for warmer climates for the college golfing experience and they seek exposure to the southern colleges and coaches.  For this reason, the largest growth sector of the PKBGT has been players from the Midwest and Northeast, making up almost 11% of the tour membership despite the fact no tournaments are currently being operated in these areas.  Either by playing in events at these southern colleges or attending a summer camp at the school, use these travel weekends as a chance to tour the local schools and communities.   You will gain awareness to what is available to you while providing the coaches a barometer to elevate your skill against the players they are most familiar with.

 

I hope this has helped you better understand the process and how the PKBGT is working to provide quality opportunities for all junior girls’ wishing to compete.  Do you have any feedback on this article or your personal experiences in selecting tournaments?  Please join the conversation below.  Check back next week for an in-depth look on why the PKBGT is the right place for your daughter  and how we strive to accomplish the mission each day.

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About the Author:

Mike Parker is a Co-Founder and Tour Director of the PKBGT.   Mike has been directing junior golf tournaments for the last 11 years including local, regional and national events.  To contact Mike, please call 336-347-8537 or email mparker@pkbgt.org.

 

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TGG: What’s New in PKBGT for 2015?

What’s New in PKBGT for 2015?

As 2015 begins, we are excited for our 9th season of the PKB Girls’ Golf Tour.  Over the next four weeks, I will be providing a tour primer, outlining what’s new on the tour, answer some frequently asked questions and alert you to some items to be sure not to miss.  If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at 336-347-8537 or mparker@pkbgt.org.

1/4 – What’s new for 2015? – Collegiate Series, Let’s Play Campaign and more
1/11 – PKBGT Series & Choosing which is right for me?
1/18 – Accomplishing the Mission – Why the PKBGT is right place for your daughter
1/25 – Rankings & National Exposure on the PKBGT – Get seen, achieving your goals


 

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>> Series Construction

As the tour membership continues to grow, we look for more ways to meet the needs of all our players.  In particular, creating more opportunities for high school age players to have more access to tournaments at collegiate yardages and creating positive initial tournament experiences for those new to tournament golf.  To accomplish these goals, we also must be mindful of what is working currently and make sure to continue these positives going forward.

For 2015, the tour is divided into 4 principle “Series” that allow junior girls’ golfers to compete in a yardage and competition level appropriate for their developmental needs.

  • Bell Series – elite, national level competition playing 5,800 – 6,200 yards
  • Prep Series – collegiate preparatory division playing 5,700 – 6,000 yards
  • Futures Series – competitive, ranked tournaments playing 5,000 – 5,300 yards
  • One-Day Open Series – developmental one-day tournaments playing 5,000 – 5,300 yards

By separating into these 4 Series, players will be able to maximize the competition and exposure they can receive in each.  Next week’s article will go in depth on these Series and which options are right for you.

 

>> PKBGT Performance Index

The PKBGT Performance Index is the official ranking system of the PKBGT.  All players who participate on the tour earn a ranking on the Index.  The Index ranks each player based on scores, finish in events and tournaments won.  Players scoring is ranked based on scoring differential, the players score each round subtracted by the course rating for that course.  Scoring differential is a more accurate judge of player scoring than scoring average as it factors in the difficulty of the course and setup.  The Index also factors in a weighted points earned which examines how many players a player beats in each event and the series they are participating in.  Players also receive a bonus for event victories.

For 2015, the Performance Index will be used for standing for all events that use “Priority Based Entry”.  Players with an official Index ranking (those who have completed 5 PKBGT rounds in the last 12 months) are eligible.  Those players who have not yet completed five PKBGT rounds will be granted a provisional ranking which shows where the player would be ranked if they had played the required five rounds.  The Index is updated following each event and ranks the last 12 months for each player on the PKBGT.

 

>> Collegiate Series

With over 340 current and past members committed to and/or playing in the collegiate ranks, we have found that many struggle to find positive playing opportunities in the summer months to stay sharp and compete.  This summer, the PKBGT will offer five 2-day events between Memorial Day Weekend at Country Club of Salisbury and ending at Pine Needles Lodge & GC in early August.  Additional courses include Lonnie Poole GC at NC State University, the Champions Course at Bryan Park and a TBA event near the coast in North Carolina in July.

Players register by themselves or with a partner, with each event featuring gift certificate prizes for the low-team and individual medalist.  2-player teams will compete in a best ball format, with the low score recorded between the two players for each hole making the team score.  Registration for the PKBGT Collegiate Series will begin February 1st.

 

>> Let’s Play Campaign

After 8 years, we are excited about what is next for the PKBGT and that is the Let’s Play Campaign.  Our vision through the Let’s Play Campaign is to establish 1,000 “girls’ only” tournaments in the next 10 years based on a multi-level competitive framework which cultivates, enhances, and recognizes girls’ successes in the game. We aim to accomplish this vision through 3 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

By replicating the successful model that has built the PKBGT from scratch, we aim to increase opportunity and participation in junior girls’ golf.  Many initiatives exist to attract new players at a young age to the game, but few focus on sustaining the game by keeping these players interested and engaged.  Our belief is this is only possible with fun, appropriate competitions that allow the player to play the game on the course, enjoy it and make friends, fostering a commitment to the sport that will keep the player practicing and engaged.  Learn more about the campaign at http://letsplay.pkbgt.org.

 

Check back next week for an in-depth look on the different events offered and how to choose the right competition for your child.

 

About the Author:

Mike Parker is a Co-Founder and Tour Director of the PKBGT.   Mike has been directing junior golf tournaments for the last 11 years including local, regional and national events.  To contact Mike, please call 336-347-8537 or email mparker@pkbgt.org.

 

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Join the Let’s Play Campaign

In 2015, the PKB Girls’ Golf Tour enters its ninth season. In its short history, the Tour has grown leaps and bounds. Started in 2007 as a venue for aspiring collegiate golfers in the Carolinas to develop, compete, and be recognized, the Tour has expanded to host events in seven states, with over 450 members, and more than 300 members advancing to the collegiate ranks. We are excited about the Tour’s growth and the profound impact it has had on its participants’ recruitment and success in college. In addition, it is rewarding to hear the many stories of friendships made both on the course and in the gallery. We strive to make the PKBGT more than just a golf tournament. We aim for a positive environment to grow and sustain girls golfers.

Our vision through the Let’s Play Campaign is to establish 1,000 “girls’ only” tournaments in the next 10 years based on a multi-level competitive framework which cultivates, enhances, and recognizes girls’ successes in the game. We aim to accomplish this vision through 3 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

In partnership with the LPGA and the PKB Girls’ Golf Tour, our goal is to raise $100,000 in Phase I to make this vision a reality. This will allow us to grow the current PKBGT structure to new event series in new regions of the country. These events would include the Bell, Prep, and Futures Series event structure to attract all level of players.

We are looking for interested individuals, companies or foundations that would like to join in the campaign. If you would like to learn more or participate in a more detailed presentation about the Campaign, please email me or call 336-347-8537.

To learn more about the Let’s Play Campaign or to make a donation, click here. All donations to the Let’s Play Campaign and the PKBGT are fully tax deductible.


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