Khang finds long overdue AJGA title at Ping Invite

Megan Khang lines up a putt during the U.S. Girls' Junior.

For Megan Khang, an AJGA title seemed long overdue. Khang will turn 16 this week, but the petite player from Rockland, Mass., seems as if she’s been on the junior golf scene forever.

In reality the Ping Invtiational, which Khang won on Oct. 14, was only Khang’s 14th starts in an AJGA event since 2010. But along with that, Khang has played in four U.S. Girls Juniors and has become a familiar name in Northeast junior golf. She also won the Connecticut Women’s Open and played in the U.S. Women’s Open in 2012.

Khang had found the top of the leaderboard after a second-round 2-under 70 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., the lowest girls’ round of the tournament. She was only one stroke off the pace, and made the turn at 4-over for the tournament, as the lead continued to fluctuate. Her final-round 72 left her three shots ahead of Lilia Vu. Khang shot 2-over 218 for the tournament.

This win is definitely big,” Khang said. “This golf course is stupendous and I just really like playing AJGA events, especially a big one like this. It means a lot to win here.”

An invitational victory also sends Khang to No. 3 in Golfweek’s Junior Rankings. She trails only Nicole Morales and Amy Lee.

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