Guest Author - Letta Meinen
I was happy to read about Cheyenne in the Fox Sports web site by Scott Pitoniak who is an author and free lance writer from Rochester, N. Y his web site is www.scottpitoniak.com. Cheyenne is a niece of the famous Tiger Woods and is making her first appearance in the LPGA tour. This week she was given a sponsorís exemption invitation to the Wegmans tournament at Locust Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York. She accepted this invitation after talking to Uncle Tiger and he recommended she go for it as these invitations are few and far between.
Cheyenne is 18 years old and a student at Wake Forest University and a member of their golf team. She is following in Tigerís foot steps and hopefully making professional golf her career. I wish her well and hope it does not mean she is being pushed to fast. If she has the fortitude and determination she should stand up to the pressure. This tournament should help make up her mind if golf is going to be her career.
According to this article when Cheyenne was two years old she picked up a club found in her grandfather Earl Woodís garage and made a perfect swing that matched Tigerís. It made the family laugh and wondered will she be another Tiger. Earl started to give her lessons when he saw that she really had the gift of a fluid swing and she won her first tournament at the age of 10.
After winning that tournament and her name became known the news media wanted to find out more. Her family was wise in limiting this as she was still quite young. After have a successful freshman year with her College Team at Wake Forest her mother Susan Woods said they thought she was ready. They were surprised when this invitation to the Wegmanís tournament came but thought it would give her a chance to see how she plays in front of a huge crowd. They thought she was ready to give it a try.
It is true that relative of celebrities have a hard fight to be themselves when others look for great expectations because of the success of their famous relative. Cheyenne seems to be comfortable knowing her uncle is famous and would like to be known for her own talent. It will be hard to overcome what others think of you and would be nice to be known for her personal success. By playing in this tournament she will have to prove if she has what it takes to play in the LPGA. I wish her well as the LPGA needs a star to help bring the fans to their events.
I caught the Wegmans tournament and Cheyenne was interviewed and as she is an amateur she played well but did not make the cut. There were camera shots of her giving out autographs. She has a great presence about her and seems quite at easy on camera. Give her a couple of years and she will be right up there with the best of them.
Watching the women play I was taken in by a young South Korean player named Jj Yai Shin and can this tiny gal play. She is a little over five feet with a compact smooth swing that kept going down the middle of the fairway. She was 16 under after two days and was 18 under after the first nine until the rains came ending 17 under. WOW!