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Khang contending in LPGA debut

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Megan Khang will be looking to turn Sunday’s final round of the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic into a fairytale start to her LPGA career.

Khang, 18, is in position to make a run at winning her debut as a tour member. With a 2-under-par 71 in the third round, she’s two shots off the lead.

“I definitely am excited for tomorrow,” Khang said.  "I don't know what tomorrow will bring, so hopefully all good things.”

Khang is the only child of Lee and Nou, who are Hmong and immigrated separately from Laos to escape persecution of their ethnic group 40 years ago, when they were both children. They met and married after high school. Lee, 48, is the  only coach Megan has ever known, a freelance golf instructor who taught himself the game after first picking up a golf club when he was 32. Nou is a kindergarten teacher. Despite her family’s limited resources, Khang developed as a formidable junior, finishing as low amateur at the U.S. Women’s Open last summer and rising to No. 8 in the amateur world rankings before turning pro and winning a tour card at LPGA Q-School last month.

Lee and Nou are back in their Rockland, Mass., home this weekend watching Megan on television.

Megan’s been speaking to them by phone after her rounds.

“My dad was just telling me how proud he was,” Megan said. “It’s good to hear that all the time. And my mom was just constantly saying `great job,’ so it's good to hear that. I wish they were here, but it's good to always talk on the phone with them before the round and after.”