To the surprise of absolutely no one, the LPGA announced on Tuesday that Kingsmill Resort In Williamsburg, Va., will continue to host the Kingsmill Championship for three more years.
The 2017 edition, won by Lexi Thompson in May, was the last on the existing contract, and Kingsmill changed owners with Escalante Golf out of Texas buying the resort in March. But Escalante management told The Post in May that the likelihood of the tournament going away was somewhere between slim and none.
“We are thrilled Kingsmill Resort has extended our long-term partnership as it ensures that we will continue the rich tradition of showcasing the best golfers in the world at one of the very best resorts in the world,” LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said on Tuesday. “Everything at Kingsmill is first class, from the beautiful resort, to the championship River Course, to the incredible volunteers, to the way they treat players and fans alike.”
The Kingsmill Championship is one of the most popular non-major events on the LPGA schedule. Players love the course, the galleries are huge and supportive, the accommodations are great and the purse, while not at the top of the charts, is enough to entice a strong field every year.
The only remaining question is where and how the Kingsmill event will fit on the 2018 schedule. With the U.S. Women’s Open moving up to the week of May 28, some reshuffling will be required.
If the ShopRite LPGA Classic moves to late June or early July (when the U.S. Women’s Open historically has been played) and everything else remains the same, then Kingsmill will come two weeks before the Open, a perfect spot on the schedule and a perfect major-championship tune-up for the women.
“I’m excited to hear that the LPGA will continue to have the Kingsmill Championship,” Thompson said. “It’s always been one of my favorite stops on Tour with some of the best fans. I can’t wait to return to the Kingsmill Resort next year to defend my title.”