In 2015, Megan Khang earned a spot in the Pure Silk Championship presented by Visit Williamsburg field by way of the Monday Qualifier. Her experience at Kingsmill Resort that year ignited an affinity for the tournament and greater Williamsburg, Va. area, especially the people.
“It’s an incredible event,” said Khang, making her sixth start on the River Course this week. “I stay with a host family, the same one every year. Cliff and Jen . They live here full time and actually just moved into a new house, an even better spot than before. But it's the people, not the place.
“I met them when I Monday qualified at 17 years old. There was a rain delay, and we were on like the furthest part of the golf course, like on 13 the par-3. I was playing with Candie Kung and they blew the horn, pretty much told us to walk all the way to the road off No. 14. Candie was like, ‘I’m not doing that,’ and I was like, ‘Are we allowed to go into that house?’ They [Cliff and Jen] are waving us up to come sit inside and wait it out. It was great. My dad [Lee, who was my caddie] got talking to my host dad and it is just kind of a beautiful friendship that has come a long way.”
Back at Kingsmill Resort after the pandemic axed the Pure Silk Championship from the 2020 LPGA Tour schedule, old traditions remain for Khang. Cliff and Jen welcomed her back into their home and the 2019 Solheim Cup Team USA member went under par for an eighth time in 16 competitive rounds at Kingsmill Resort.
“A lot of birdies, a lot of bogeys, but definitely happy there were more birdies than bogeys,” said Khang, who carded six birdies on Thursday route to a 3-under 68. “I’m happy with the first round. It is always great when you go birdie-birdie-birdie to start. I did get a little frustrated because there were a couple silly bogeys. [Caddie] Kurt  really tried to keep me in the moment and just stayed present.”