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Coronavirus: 2020 LPGA Pure Silk Championship at Kingsmill a no-go

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The LPGA Tour announced Friday that the Pure Silk Championship presented by Visit Williamsburg originally scheduled for May 21-24 at Kingsmill Resort will not happen this year due to coronavirus concerns.

The tournament will return next year. Several other changes were made to the LPGA 2020 schedule.

“We are so thankful to all our partners for their flexibility and willingness to work with us during this very difficult time,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan, in a news release. “This has been a truly collective effort to reschedule tournament dates and work together to provide LPGA players with as many playing opportunities as possible once it is safe for us to resume competing again. As we watch the world come together in this battle against this virus, we are so thankful for all of the support from our valued partners and we continue to wish for the health and safety of all the extended members of our global LPGA family.”

If necessary, should the outbreak continue, further schedule adjustments will be shared when appropriate, Whan added.

The Williamsburg tournament have drawn thousands of spectators each year.

Studies released since the LPGA Tour returned to Kingsmill in 2012 from a two-year hiatus have shown it provides more than $6 million in economic impact each year.

The tournament, which also brings 144 players, their caddies, families and support staff to the area, has been a favorite of the players for years. Organizers said it’s one of the area’s biggest events every year.


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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