It was Cheyenne Woods’ late grandfather, Earl Woods — Tiger Woods’ father — who first put a club in her hand at age five. She has said that playing golf is something that came natural to her, and having a competitive spirit only fueled her even more. The Arizona native was inspired by Tiger’s work ethic and succes, but doesn’t want to live under his shadow. Woods is now in her fifth season on the LPGA Tour. She has two top ten finishes in her career, and is seeking her first tournament win.
Woods is one of only eight African-American women have been members of the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour in its 70-year history. She credits programs like The First Tee, an initiative which teaches golf to economically disadvantaged areas, helping those aged from 7 to 18. With the scarcity of Black women in golf, Woods hopes to inspire other Black women to take up space in fields that are not traditionally inclusive. In the era of social justice at odds with many sports leagues and Black Lives Matter advocacy, she told Women’s Golf Magazine, “I do feel strongly about the issues, especially having a black father and black cousins. These men out here, they look similar, you can’t help but compare situations, to relate to these situations. It is scary and it is really a topic that I feel is important.”
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