[caption id="attachment_6615" align="aligncenter" width="763"] Pat and Bonnie McGowan with Futures National Division Champion Caroline Hawkins (center)[/caption]   The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls' Golf Tour (PKBGT) was founded in 2007 by Girls Golf of America, a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, with 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 2021 season features over 130 tournaments in 11 states on the East Coast, and with over 1,100 yearly participants, the PKBGT is the largest girl’s only tour in the country.  The...

In my imagination, I walk over to my bag and reach in and take the head cover off of my driver. I pull the driver out and walk over to the tee. I reach in my pocket and get a tee. I tee up my Maxfli 1 with the name facing the target. I walk behind the ball and pick out my imaginary line from the ball to my target. I’m visualizing a line 24 inches long - 12 inches in back of the ball to 12 inches beyond the ball, pointed in the direction over which I expect to...

This article originally appeared on USGA.org on May 19, 2019. By Scott Lipsky, USGA Throughout her three-decade career, Helen Alfredsson has won wherever she’s played. A major champion. Seven wins on the LPGA Tour. Eleven victories on the Ladies European Tour. And now, she can finally add USGA champion to her list of accolades. With a final-round 72, Alfredsson, 54, topped Trish Johnson and Juli Inkster by two strokes to capture the 2nd U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship on Sunday at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, with a 72-hole total of 1-over 285. “Just to have something USGA, it feels very nice. Since...

Fifty years ago, Peggy Kirk Bell started Youth Golfari as a way to get kids involved in the game of golf, while they experience a week of fun unlike any other. She and her husband Warren “Bullet” Bell ran the camp together, where she was one of the lead instructors and he ran the day to day operations. Over the years their own children attended the camps, but every kid felt like family. Peggy Bell Miller, daughter of Peggy and Bullet, started attending the camp herself at age 10. Back then, families would come together and the kids would stay for a...

Southern Pines, English golfer Laura Davies crushed her tee shot. The defending U.S. Senior Women’s Open champion had dropped by to play a round at the home stomping grounds of the grande dame herself, the late Peggy Kirk Bell, in anticipation of the 2019 U.S. Seniors Women’s Open Championship....

This article originally published on ThePilot.com on March 24, 2019. By Hunter Chase, The Pilot Peggy Kirk Bell’s impact on women’s golf lives on. Bell, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 95, was a pioneer in promoting women’s golf, a passion she carried throughout her life, including the more than 60 years she was the Grand Lady of Pine Needles. She still is making an impact on women’s golf, with her legacy and contributions to the game a driving force behind the USGA bringing the U.S. Senior Women’s Open to Pine Needles in May. The Senior Women’s Open, the newest national championship overseen by...