Cheyenne Woods Turns ProMay 21, 2012 - There's another Woods among the ranks of professional golfers as of this date. Cheyenne Woods has turned pro. And she's signed on with Excel Sports Management, the agency of her uncle's agent, Mark Steinberg. Steinberg is one of the most powerful agents in sports. So good for her.
Cheyenne Woods recently completed her career as a golfer at Wake Forest University, where she finished four years as the school's all-time scoring leader in women's golf. She also won three tournaments (two individual titles, one in a 2-person team event), including the ACC Championship in 2011. And she was a 3-time Atlantic Coast Conference all-conference selection.
In an announcement of the signing on Excel's website, Steinberg says of Woods, "She had an outstanding career at Wake Forest and has the chance to be a major star on the women's golf scene."
Woods has played one LPGA event to this date, the 2009 Wegmans LPGA following her freshman season at Wake Forest. She missed the cut, but with respectable scores of 75-74.
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1) Play mostly on lower tours
2) Play some on LET and some on LPGA with return trips to Q-School
3) Longtime LPGA Tour member but infrequently in contention
4) Win on LPGA Tour, but rarely
5) Frequent contender on LPGA Tour but with fewer than 10 career victories
6) Strong LPGA career with many wins
Another Win for Cheyenne WoodsAug. 5, 2010 - Today was a bad day for her Uncle Tiger (who opened the WGC Bridgestone Invitational with a 74), but a very good one for Cheyenne Woods and her Wake Forest teammate, Michelle Shin.
Woods and Shin teamed to win the Hooters Women's Collegiate Team Championship, a 3-day event in which 2-woman teams played alternate shot in Round 1, better ball in Round 2, and combined scores in Round 3. The Woods/Shin team shot 72-62-139 for a 275 total, two strokes ahead of the University of Alabama team in second place.
Woods, a junior, made an eagle on the 15th hole of the final round while Shin birdied, propelling the Wake Forest team to the victory.
"The whole day I really wasn't making any putts," Woods said after the tournament, presented by the National Golf Coaches Association. "Going into No. 15 I had a great putt for eagle and fortunately I made it and that really gave us some momentum going down the stretch."
Woods' first win at the collegiate level happened in April 2010 at the Bryan National Collegiate.
As a sophomore during the Spring 2010 golf season, Woods had six Top 10s in 10 starts, including that victory, and set a school single-season scoring record with a 73.47 average. She finished her sophomore season ranked No. 24 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
Cheyenne Woods' First College WinApril 4, 2010 - Cheyenne Woods won her first NCAA golf tournament on this date. Cheyenne, a sophomore at Wake Forest University at the time, won the Bryan National Collegiate tournament in Greensboro, N.C., for her first tournament win at the collegiate level.
Woods posted rounds of 70, 69 and 72 to finish at 5-under 211, two strokes clear of Nathalie Mansson of the University of Tennessee. Her second-round 69 was the best score she'd posted so far in collegiate competition, and her 211 total was the second-lowest 54-hole total in the history of Wake Forest women's golf.
Cheyenne had a good freshman season at Wake Forest in 2008-2009. During Summer 2009 she played in her first LPGA tournament as a sponsor invite to the Wegmans LPGA.
In the Fall portion of her sophomore season, Woods finished in the Top 10 in three of four tournaments and led her team in stroke average (72.8). One of those Top 10s was at the Lady Tar Heel tournament, where, like at the Bryan National Collegiate, she was the 36-hole leader. In that earlier event, however, Woods lost the lead, shooting 77.
In the Spring 2010 season thus far, Woods has improved her finishes from 54th to 12th to sixth, and now to her first victory.
Cheyenne Woods Makes Successful Collegiate Debut
Wake Forest is famous for its golfers; Arnold Palmer, Lanny Wadkins, Curtis Strange and Jay Haas, among others, played golf at the North Carolina school.
Cheyenne's debut took place earlier in the month at the NCAA Fall Preview, where she made the 5-woman starting lineup and posted scores of 75-76-74--225. She finished 26th. An Associated Press article on Woods' collegiate debut included this:
"She's going to have an impact on the team right away," coach Dianne Dailey said.
Woods has played in charity matches with Tiger in support of his foundation and, though she doesn't speak with her uncle on a regular basis, said he inspires her.
"Just seeing him on TV and knowing that someone in my family is succeeding, it's just really motivating," she said.
Cheyenne is from Phoenix and played high school golf at one of the top programs in the country, Xavier Prep, for legendary coach Sister Lynn. There Woods was the three-time team MVP, and two-time (2006-07) Arizona state champion. The Arizona Republic, the largest newspaper in the state, named her the Arizona High School Golfer of the Year in 2007, and her junior career includes more than 30 tournament victories.