Cheyenne Woods – The 22-year-old niece of golfing icon Tiger Woods notched her first professional victory on Thursday, winning a SunCoast Ladies Series event at LPGA International in Dayton Beach, Florida by four shots.
Cheyenne Woods fired a 1-under 69 on the final day of the 54-hole event, after posting previous rounds of 67 and 68 to claim the $3,000 prize and the immeasurable pride that goes with her first career victory. She had finished second at another SunCoast event last week.
“My putting has been really good this week,” she told the Daytona Beach News-Journal. “I really wasn’t hitting the ball all that well – I didn’t have a lot of chances for birdies. But I scrambled and my putting really came through and saved me.”
Her famous uncle quickly took to Twitter-verse to express his pleasure with the outcome.
“Congrats to my niece Cheyenne on winning her first professional event on SunCoast Ladies Series Tour!” Tiger Woods wrote. “Won by 4, very proud.”
Cheyenne Woods took a five-stroke lead into the tournament’s final day after finishing tied for 50th at the Evian Masters earlier this summer and missing the cut at the U.S. Women’s Open.
The younger Woods played her collegiate golf at Wake Forest, where she was a two-time All-American and three-time All-ACC selection.
She finished her career in Winston-Salem with the lowest single-season (73.47) and lowest career scoring averages (74.31) in school annals. She recorded more under-par tournament finishes than any other player in Demon Deacons history.
Cheyenne Woods graduated from Wake Forest this spring with a communications degree.
She played her first professional event at the Wegmans LPGA Championship earlier this summer, but missed the cut at the event.
Cheyenne Woods is the daughter of Earl Woods, Jr., Tiger’s older brother. She has credited her paternal grandfather, Earl Woods, Sr., for introducing her to the game at a young age. Earl Woods, Sr. died in 2006 at age 74.