Cheyenne Woods won’t rely on family name in Gary Player’s tournament

2013-10-27 14:00

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The presence of Cheyenne Woods as a star attraction at this year’s Gary Player Invitational at the Lost City Golf Course in North West, which runs from November 16 to November 17, has raised questions about her capability on the course.

The petite 23-year-old, who is the niece of world number one Tiger Woods, will be showcasing her talent during golfing legend Gary Player’s charity tournament.

The event features professional and amateur golfers, as well as celebrities and business personalities.

Whether Woods will be here to bask in her famous uncle’s glory or to use her well-known surname as a brand to rubber-stamp her family ties in the competition, will be proven on the fairways.

But the American, who has personally accepted an invitation to showcase her golfing talent, cannot wait to tee off.

She is here to show that she is not merely in South Africa to enjoy the summer or to indulge in the delights of Sun City.

A look at her credentials proves that she is a real professional golfer. The daughter of Earl Dennison Woods Jr, who is Tiger Woods’ half-brother, Cheyenne’s grandfather Earl Woods (Tiger’s late father) was her first mentor.

She had an illustrious amateur career in which she has won more than 30 tournaments since she was introduced to the game at the age of six.

She turned professional last year and made her mark in the top flight by posting her first win in the Suncoast Ladies Series.

Woods, who bears a striking resemblance to her uncle, is in her debut season on the Ladies European Tour and is giving established campaigners a run for their money.

She qualified for the 2012 US Women’s Open by finishing as a co-medallist at her qualifier and made her first professional appearance at the US Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Championship in the same year.

The rising star is now through to Stage 3 of the LPGA Tour Qualifying School as she attempts to gain her playing privileges there.

This will be Woods’ second trip to South Africa.

She played in the SA Women’s Open at Southbroom Golf Club on KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast in April.

Woods will tee off alongside golf legend Gary Player, veteran professional Retief Goosen and a host of other established golfers.

This shows that her presence in the Invitational should be taken seriously and not just with a pinch of salt.

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