Tiger who? The way things are going in the Woods family, the ailing PGA Tour star may soon have the moniker, “Cheyenne’s uncle” following his name.
Indeed, there’s no letup in Cheyenne Woods this week, as the 20-year-old Wake Forest senior with the unmistakable heritage crushed her most recent opponent on her way into the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.
Woods, who began the event by taking medalist honors, defeated Bethany Wu, 2-up, in Thursday morning’s second round and then walloped Alex Stewart, 8 and 7, in the afternoon competition. For sure, Woods, who keeps piling up awards, such as the Atlantic Coast Conference individual scoring title during her junior year, is well on her way to making a name for herself over and above that of her famous uncle, a nine-time USGA winner himself.
Woods won her second and third rounds on the 6,095-yard, par-71 Bandon Trails course. Her win Thursday afternoon matched the second-largest margin of victory in WAPL history, according to the USGA.
Next up for Woods in Friday’s quarterfinals will be Annie Park, who bested Julie Yang, 1-up, in her quarterfinal contest. Some of the others advancing include Brianna Do, who beat defending champ Emily Tubert, 1-up; Stanford University student and two-time Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup player Sally Watson, a convincing 6 and 5 victor over Angel Yin; and standout New England amateur Brittany Altomare. Altomare, from Shrewsbury, Mass., bested Kelsey Vines, 2-up, to make her way to the quarterfinals.
Quarter- and semifinal matches take place Friday, with the 36-hole championship final on Saturday. The golfers will play all of their remaining matches on the Old Macdonald course.
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