Cheyenne Woods is a professional golfer and the sixth African American woman in history to earn status as a professional on the LPGA Tour. She won her first professional event, the Australian Ladies Masters in 2014 at the age of 23. Since earning her tour card in 2015, Cheyenne has had two LPGA Tour top 10’s and has maintained full status as an LPGA professional. Cheyenne also has a very famous uncle. You may have heard of him. His name is Tiger Woods.
Sydnee Mack: How did you get into golf?
Cheyenne Woods: I started playing golf when I was around two years old. I can remember swinging a club in my grandfather, Earl Woods’ (father of Tiger Woods) garage. He saw me and recognized my potential. He ultimately got me started in the game. I started playing competitively when I was eight and was a member of the very first Tiger Woods Foundation Junior Golf Team where I was able to play in my first Junior World tournament in San Diego, California.
Sydnee Mack: What does golf mean to you?
Cheyenne Woods: To me, golf means opportunity. Golf has given me the opportunity to do so many things. I have gotten the opportunity to get a free education. I have gotten the opportunity to travel the world. I have had the opportunity to make an impact on the lives of others just through my presence as an African American woman on the LPGA Tour. I have gotten the opportunity to create a better life for myself and my family.
But more than any of those things, golf has given me the opportunity to have an amazing career and live a truly charmed life. Think about it, I get to wake up in the morning, play golf every single day and people pay me to do it. Seriously, what more could I ask for in life?
Sydnee Mack: If you weren’t a professional golfer what would you do?
Cheyenne Woods: That’s a tough question because I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. I was a communications major in college and so I would probably be involved in reporting or the media in some way. I could definitely see myself as a millennial Dottie Pepper…LPGA professional turned golf commentator/reporter.
However, because I am a professional athlete with both social and economic influence, I could also see myself as a successful entrepreneur. I am extremely blessed that golf has given me a voice and a platform to create something really amazing that I can call my own. A few years ago, I started my business, CNW International, to build a solid foundation for the global brand I hope to build in the next couple of years. I can see myself doing a clothing line, golf accessories, blogging, media and television hosting. I really think that I can do it all and I plan to.
Sydnee Mack: As a successful professional athlete and brand, what’s your greatest fear in life?
Cheyenne Woods: My greatest fear in life is the same as probably many other successful women: not setting aside enough time for my personal goals and dreams. Cheyenne, the athlete has achieved almost every goal she has set. Earn a full golf scholarship to a top university: check. Graduate from college as a decorated student and athlete: check. Earn an LPGA Tour Card: check. Win a professional golf tournament: check. Create a life and career for myself as a professional athlete: check. I have checked off a ton of my professional goals, but not as many of my personal goals.
As a woman, whether you’re a businesswoman or an athlete it’s hard to find the balance between having a personal life and a professional life. I wish I had more time to go on fabulous dates with exciting men and exotic vacations with my girlfriends. I also hope to get married and have a family one day, but sometimes that seems impossible to accomplish with the millions of other things I have to get done in a day. I am ultimately terrified that one day I will look back on my life and realize that I didn’t get to do all of the things personally that I wanted to do. I guess I have a serious case of personal life FOMO.
Sydnee Mack: What is your best piece of advice for future golfers and entrepreneurs?
Cheyenne Woods: The best piece of advice I have for future golfers and/or entrepreneurs is to always find the fun and joy in what you do. I was very lucky to find joy in what I do (golf) very early. That joy has kept me involved and passionate about my work. Golf, just like life, is a fickle game. Some days I hit every shot perfectly and every putt seems to fall effortlessly. Other days feel like, despite all of my preparation and best effort, nothing will go my way. But whether I’m having a good day or a bad day, I get to spend every day doing what I love and that makes it all worth it.
Sydnee Mack: Ok, time to get fun and personal!
Sydnee Mack: Golf, Sex or Money?
Cheyenne Woods: All Three 😉
Sydnee Mack: M’baku, T’Challa or Killmonger?
Cheyenne Woods: M’Baku
Sydnee Mack: Chicken Wings or Sushi?
Cheyenne Woods: Chicken Wings
Sydnee Mack: Skinny Jeans or Leggings?
Cheyenne Woods: Leggings
Sydnee Mack: Beyonce or Cardi B?
Cheyenne Woods: The Queen of course (Beyonce)
Sydnee Mack: Patron or Ciroc?
Cheyenne Woods: Patron
Sydnee Mack: One Gotta Go: Usher, Trey Songz or Chris Brown
Cheyenne Woods: Usher gotta go
Sydnee Mack: Team Jacob or Team Edward?
Cheyenne Woods: Neither
If you would like to connect with Cheyenne you can follow her on Instagram @cheyennewoods or by clicking the link: https://www.instagram.com/cheyenne_woods/
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