Welcome to the 2017 Peggy Kirk Bell Memorial Invitational, hosted by Rollins College March 13-14. The Tars are honored to welcome 13 teams to Tuscawilla Country Club for what is one of the premier early spring events in the country. Played every year since 1977, the PKB honors Mrs. Bell’s legacy in the world of golf.
This year, the name of the event was changed to the Peggy Kirk Bell Memorial Invitational as Mrs. Bell passed away November 23, 2016 at the age of 95. (Obituary from LPGA.com)
Born in Findlay, Ohio, Mrs. Bell started playing golf at age 17. She took to the game immediately and quickly won a number of titles. Mrs. Bell played college golf at Rollins, graduating in 1943. A long list of titles and honors were captured by Peggy Kirk Bell in both amateur and professional golf. In 1947, Peggy teamed with Babe Zaharias to win the International Four-Ball. Peggy is a charter member of the LPGA and in 1990, she was voted the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. She became the first woman voted into the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame in 2002.
Teams are scheduled to play 36 holes on Monday, Feb. 29 and finish with a final 18 on Tuesday March 1. Both days are an 8:15 a.m shotgun start. Tuscawilla will play par-72, 6,089-yards.
Since the inception of the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2000, 15 of the last 16 eventual national champions have played in PKB before hoisting the trophy in May.
The 2016 field features 13 Division II teams ranked in the GolfStat top 50 and the defending Junior College National Champion.
About Tuscawilla Country Club
Enjoy the lifestyle of an exclusive family-oriented Private Country Club at Tuscawilla. The golf course features Champion Bermuda greens, stately Live Oak trees draped in Spanish moss surround the course, and the gently rolling terrain enhances the beauty of Tuscawilla. ...read more