Cheyenne Woods American Golfer Wiki / Bio

Cheyenne Nicole Woods is an American-born professional golfer, ranked 487 in The World. She plays on The Symetra, Ladies European, and LPGA Tours. She is also the half-niece of golfing legend Tiger Woods. 

In 2015, Woods debuted on the LPGA Tour, becoming only the sixth African-American to play on the coveted stage. However, she has had to return to Q-school on several occasions to keep her status. She is currently working to make it back onto The LPGA Tour full-time.

Outside of golf, Cheyenne hosted the podcast, Birdies Not BS alongside Doug Smith until May 2021. And, she is also known to participate in fundraisers aimed at growing the game of golf amongst African American women. Since no African-American has ever won on The LPGA Tour, Woods is determined to see that change.

Statistics

  • Age: 30
  • DOB: July 25, 1990
  • Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona
  • Nationality: American
  • Relationship Status: Dating
  • Net Worth: There are no official reports of Cheyenne’s net worth.

Biography

Personal Life

Cheyenne Woods was born in Phoenix, Arizona, on July 25, 1990. She is the only child of Susan and Earl Dennison Woods Jr. Her parents are now divorced. Dennison Woods Jr is the older half-brother of Tiger Woods. As a result, Cheyenne is Tiger’s half-niece, while her paternal grandfather is Earl Woods. 

Woods attended high school at the all-female Catholic institution of Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix Arizona. Her golfing talent and results as a junior earned her a scholarship to Wake Forest University. She would make the journey east and earn a Degree in Communications upon graduating in 2012.

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Early Life

Being the half-niece of Tiger Woods, Cheyenne has found it challenging to forge her own identity in the world of golf. However, she too boasts an impressive resume. Like Tiger, she was introduced to the game of golf by her grandfather Earl Woods, who incidentally was her first coach.

Cheyenne took up golf at the age of five. She had a successful junior and collegiate career before joining the professional ranks. 

High School

At Xavier College, Tiger’s half-niece trained under Coach Sister Lynn Winsor. The nun has led the school to thirty-six Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) Division I girls titles. Wood’s was on the 2006 and 2007 teams that claimed back-to-back Arizona 5A State Championships.

College

In 2009 while studying at Wake Forest, Cheyenne was issued a sponsor’s exemption to compete in the final installment of The Wegmans LPGA tournament. Her debut on the big stage did not go according to plan as she missed the cut by four strokes.

Fast forward to 2011, and Wood’s would go on to win the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship while playing for Wake Forest University. The following year she graduated College and opted to turn professional.

Professional Career

She claimed a spot in the 2012 US Ladies Open by finishing tied for first in her qualifier. A few months later, Cheyenne would make her professional debut when she teed off at the LPGA Championship. In August of that year, she claimed her first Professional win on The SunCoast Ladies Series mini-tour.

In 2013 Cheyenne qualified to play on The Ladies European Tour, giving her more consistent playing time. She went on to finish 78th on the order of merit that year. 

2014 was Woods’ best year as a Pro. She claimed her second win and the first on a major golf tour when she triumphed at The Volvik Australian Ladies Masters. She held on for a two-shot win to defeat the then amateur, Minjee Lee. 

In December of the same year, she tied for 11th in the LPGA Qualifying Tournament, earning her entry to most events on Tour, except for majors. The following year was a challenge for Woods as she made it to the weekend on eight occasions, requiring her to tee off in the LPGA Qualifying tournament once more. This time she finished tied for the thirteenth and earned her card for the 2016 season.

2016 brought Cheyenne a career-best finish on The LPGA of tied for sixth at The Cambia Portland Classic. She ended the season placed 96th on the money list, notching up $106,005. In 2017 she notched up a tie for eighth at The Mckayson New Zealand Women’s Open and one other top 15 finish. 

2018 was a quiet year for Woods as she finished 124th on the money list, making only nine cuts. Since then, she has plied her trade on The Symetra, LPGA, and Ladies European Tours. She also plays in the odd mini-tour event on The Cactus Tour to prepare herself for the upcoming season.

In January 2021, Cheyenne cruised to her third professional victory at Sun City Country Club in Arizona. She carded a 67, 65, and 68 to win by sixteen strokes and claimed $2,000 in the process.

When it comes to major tournaments, Woods has been unable to return any noteworthy results. Her best finish is a tie for 43rd, which she achieved at The Women’s PGA Championship and Evian Championship in 2016.

Podcast

In 2020 Cheyenne joined the podcast Birdies Not BS to co-host with IMG staffer Doug Smith. The pair tackled issues of systemic racism in golf, as well as insights, tips, and interviews with some of the game’s smartest minds.

Activism

Woods has taken an active approach to address issues of racism and the lack of diversity in the game of golf. 

She is playing her part in working with organizations to provide grants to young black girls to pursue the game of golf. Cheyenne recently played a role in a virtual fundraiser for Race Fore Unity who provides The Renee Powell Grant. The grant assists African American girls across the United States to access golf.

Hobbies

When Cheyenne is not honing her golf skills, she is likely to be on a hike, playing ping pong, or traveling to picturesque destinations. Given her qualifications in communications, it is obvious to see why she says she would have a career in broadcasting had she not become a golfer.

Relationship

Woods is dating New York Yankees Centre, Fielder Aaron Hicks. The couple met when Cheyenne interviewed Aaron on the podcast Birdies and BS. They began dating within a few months. 

Before Hicks discovered his baseball talent at the age of 12, he had his sights set on becoming a professional golfer. His inspiration? One Eldrick Tont Woods, better known as Tiger. It is funny how he turned out to date the half-niece of the great one. By the time he was fifteen, Aaron had already carded five aces. He now plays off a scratch handicap.

Cheyenne caddied for Aaron at the 2021 Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions. While no stranger to the cameras, it would be his first time playing golf in a televised event. The week before the event Hicks banged a 3-wood 303-yards to earn a hole in one or albatross on a Par 4 at Silverleaf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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