Altvater: Cheyenne (not Tiger) Woods wins Volvik RACV Ladies MastersWritten by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
Tiger Woods’ niece Cheyenne Woods won the Ladies European Tour (LET) sanctioned Volvik RACV Australian Ladies Masters held at Royal Pines Resort in Queensland on March 9. It was her first win as a professional.
Ms. Woods was first taught the game by her grandfather, Earl Woods. Her father is a half-brother to her famous uncle Tiger.
Woods won the 2011 ACC Championship while a member of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons golf team. She turned professional upon her graduation in 2012, with more than 30 amateur titles on her resume.
She took a one-stroke 54-hole lead over Stacy Lee Bergman into the final round. Woods posted five birdies versus one bogey for a four-under par 69 on Sunday, good for a two-stroke win over 17-year-old Australian amateur Minjee Lee.
Jessica Korda, playing in her first event since her win in the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, shot a first-round five-under-par 68, but rounds of 73-74 moved her well down the field. She carded a three-under par 69 on Sunday to finish T-8.
Former world No. 1 Yani Tseng, coming off a win in Taiwan, continued her good play with a final round 66 and finished at seven-under par T-10 for the tournament.
Teenager Charley Hull also had another good week, finishing T-10 along with Tseng and Gwladys Nocera.
Caroline Hedwall carded a seven-under-par 66 to finish joint fifth. Belen Mozo fired the low round of the day an eight-under par 65 to move up 30 spots to finish T-8 with Korda.
Defending champion and eight-time Ladies Masters champion Karrie Webb was disqualified after Friday’s second round for signing an incorrect scorecard. She had signed for a par-four on No. 12, but had actually made a bogey-five.
Realizing her mistake, Webb immediately notified tournament officials and was disqualified. She struggled all day Friday in the second round, but would have the made cut on number.
The women next move to the Victoria Golf Club for the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open a joint-sanctioned event on the LET and the LPGA Tours.