First PBC Womens Golf Championship to Begin on Monday
PINE MOUNTAIN, GA – Some history will be made on Monday as, for the first time ever, a PBC women’s golf championship, part of the PBC Championship Series Presented by GEICO, will begin at the Calloway Gardens Lake View course in Pine Mountain, Ga. The Peach Belt began sponsoring women’s golf as a championship sport in 2009-10 and the first season will come to an end with 18 holes on Monday and 18 more on Tuesday to crown the first PBC women’s golf champion.
UNC Pembroke has led the PBC in team stroke average all season long and hold a seven-stroke lead, on average, over the rest of the conference. The Lady Braves have finished in the top five in eight of their nine tournaments this year, coming in second five times including three in a row heading to the PBC. Katja Damman has been named a PBC player of the week four times this season and is second in the PBC in stroke average. The junior won the season-opening Battle at Bayonet and was third at the Tusculum Fall Classic and the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate. Christina Crovetti is second on the team in stroke average and was the low finisher in a tie for sixth at the recent Ralph Hargett Invitational.
Armstrong Atlantic State has shown steady improvement over the course of the season and may be playing their best heading into the PBC Championship. The Lady Pirates have two top-three finishes in their last three events, including a season-best second place at last week’s SCAD Spring Invitational. AASU fired their low team round of the year at that event and were only six strokes out of the lead. Victoria Bennett was named the PBC Player of the Week after finishing fourth at the SCAD, one stroke out of the lead. It was her second straight top-10. Freshman Kelly Pearce leads the team in stroke average and was the low finishers at the Kiawah Intercollegiate.
Flagler has the third-lowest team stroke average in the Peach Belt and have two top-five finishes on the season including a fifth-place at the Barry Buccaneer Invitational, their most recent outing. Kaitlyn Edwards has twice been named a PBC Player of the Week and is third in the league in stroke average. She has three top-10s this season including a season-best fifth-lace at the Flagler Fall slam and was eighth at the Barry Invitational.
Montevallo comes to the PBC Championship on a bit of a roll with a third-place at the West Georgia Invitational and seventh at the SCAD Spring Invitational. Emily Gibson leads the PBC in stroke average by a comfortable margin. The junior has been named the PBC Player of the Week four times and has three wins this season at the Newberry Invitational, the Ann Rhoades Shootout and West Georgia. Emma Breen is second on the team in stroke average and shot the lowest single-round by any Lady Falcon this year with a 70 in a tri-match with North Georgia and Shorter.
Columbus State began their women’s golf program in 2009-10 and will serve as host of the 2010 PBC Championships. The Lady Cougars finished third at the Battle of Bayonet and were sixth at West Georgia. Kimesha Anthony leads the team in stroke average and has the three lowest single rounds shot by a CSU player this year. She was second at Bayonet and third at West Georgia.
North Georgia also founded their women’s golf program this season. Brittany Kemp leads the team in stroke average and joins Charley Whitmire and Courtney Hall as the only players to participate in every round this season.
Tee times for Monday’s opening round of the PBC Championship have not been announced. Admission to Calloway Gardens for both the men’s and women’s tournaments is free. The 2010 All-Conference teams will be announced at a banquet on Sunday evening. Columbus State will provide live stats for both rounds of the PBC Tournament through Golfstat, fans unable to make the trip to Pine Mountain can follow all the action here.