Lexington, Va. – On June 11, after three days of highly competitive play, the Women’s Eastern Golf Association (WEGA) named 17-year-old Megan Khang the 2015 Amateur Champion. With a score of 209, Khang dominated the field by five strokes.
“This is my first year [at the WEGA Amateur Championship] and I couldn’t ask for anything more,” said Khang. “Everyone in charge of the tournament and at Lexington did a fabulous job … It was a great event for my first one and I see many more to come.”
From June 8-11 top women amateur golfers from 16 states plus the District of Columbia traveled to The Lexington Golf & Country Club for the 54 hole stroke play tournament. This prestigious tournament is celebrating its 104th anniversary.
“We were honored to be chosen to host the WEGA 2015 Amateur Championship,” said Shaun Fronk, general manager of The Lexington Golf & Country Club. “We offer our sincerest thanks to the WEGA and all the contestants for a wonderful event. We hope to welcome you all back to Lexington in the future.”
A native of Rockland, Mass., Khang is quickly becoming a well-known contestant at top tournaments including the LPGA tournament at Kingsmill in May, for which she shot 3-under-par to qualify.
“My experience [at Lexington] was a lot of fun,” said Khang. “I had to think a lot — before the green … making sure I knew where the pin was to make sure I didn’t go above the hole. It was definitely challenging. [The scenery], looking out over the mountains, it is so beautiful. I had a great experience and I would love to come back and play again.”
Competing at this level would be daunting for any golfer, but the 17-year-old champion contends that “I take each tournament one day at a time, and particularly one stroke at a time … I try to just think in the moment.”
In addition to highlighting high-level golfers like Khang, the WEGA also shined a spotlight on the local community. On the opening night of the tournament, WEGA President Doris Bennett presented a check for $1,000 to the Lylburn Downing Middle School Golf Team. Scott Steele, a member of The Lexington Golf & Country Club and coach of the 2014-15 Lylburn Downing Middle School Golf Team, and Scott Jefferies, principal of Lylburn Downing Middle School, were both present to receive the check.
“We are a small school of 190 kids,” said Jefferies. “This donation will make an incredible impact on junior golf. On behalf of the school, thank you to the Women’s Eastern Golf Association for your generosity.”
According to their official website, “WEGA is a regional golf association founded in 1906 to sponsor and support women’s golf … Our territory includes Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.”
For more information about this event or The Lexington Golf & Country Club, please visit lexingtongolfandcountryclub.com.
About Lexington Golf & Country Club
For more than 100 years, families have enjoyed the Lexington Golf & Country Club, a private, equity-owned club nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia. Lexington features an 18-hole golf course known as the Jewel of the Valley, four tennis courts, a shortgame facility, a junior Olympic swimming pool, and an on-site restaurant. An elegant event venue on the upper floor of the club house is often host to weddings and large gatherings. Lexington is also home to the Washington & Lee University golf teams, and has hosted the VSGA Women’s Stroke Play Championships and MAPGA Junior Golf Tour as well as many fundraising events. Lexington Golf & Country Club is managed by Up to Par Management, LLC.