That Cheyenne Woods claimed medalist honors at the ACC Championship Sunday was notable for a variety of reasons. A bogey-free final-round 68 at Sedgefield CC in Greensboro, N.C., gave the Wake Forest junior a five-under 208 total, seven shots clear of North Carolina's Allie White.
Woods' 54-hole score is the lowest a Demon Deacon has shot in the conference championship, and she became only the third Wake golfer to post three subpar rounds in any women's tournament. More importantly, her victory showcased the maturity and character that those who know the 20-year-old Phoenix native have come to admire.
That Cheyenne has a famous uncle is a fact of life she embraces yet has never let define her. Even though she knew her choice to play competitive golf would elicit numerous comparisons, she made it anyway, questions be damned. Her journey hasn't been easy, what with so many eyes curiously following her around the course. Still, she has steadily improved in college, appreciating the rewards that come with hard work. Perhaps it's too much to ask that one day Tiger Woods will be known as Cheyenne's uncle. But the days when Cheyenne is referred to solely as Tiger's niece are starting to be numbered.
-- Ryan Herrington