New winner Cheyenne to face a tough battle in Melbourne

Cheyenne Woods Ladies Masters win

CHEYENNE WOODS will probably still be glowing when she takes to the fairways at the Victoria Golf Club for the 2014 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open this week.

The 23 year old had her first win on a major tour when she hung on for a two stroke victory at the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters at Royal Pines on the weekend.

“I played really steady,” said Woods after taking the European Ladies Tour sanctioned event “I didn’t panic. I’m just really excited for whatever this leads me to.”

Also backing up in Melbourne this week will be the hugely impressive and obviously fiercely competitive Aussie Amateur Champion Minjee Lee. The 17 year old took Woods right to the wire on the Gold Coast.

Woods, niece of a quite well known male golfer with the same surname, finished the Ladies Masters with a final round 4-under 69 for a tournament total of 16-under, two better than Lee (69) with South African Stacy Lee Bregman  and Sweden’s Camilla Lennarth tied for third on 12-under.

Things will be even tougher this week for all those making the trek from the Gold Coast to the famed Melbourne sandbelt with a star-studded cast assembling for the LPGA sanctioned Women’s Australian Open.

Competitors include Paula Creamer, Suzann Pettersen, Stacy Lewis, Lydia Ko, Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda, Laura Davies, Yani Tseng and of course Karrie Webb, who no doubt will be itching to get back into action after her early disqualification in Queensland for signing an incorrect scorecard.

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