Golfer Woods swings in for Open

STAR ATTRACTION: Tiger Woods' niece Cheyenne Woods will compete in the Victorian Open in Barwon Heads next month.

The niece of 14-time men’s major champion Tiger Woods, will compete in the Oates Vic Open at 13th Beach Golf Links in Barwon Heads next month.
Cheyenne Woods has signed on to tee it up in Barwon Heads for the first time for a share of $650,000 from 1 to 4 February.
The Oates Vic Open’s unique appeal and the co-sanctioning agreement between the Ladies European Tour and the ALPG Tour will again deliver one of the strongest women’s fields seen on Australian shores in 2018.
“I’ve heard quite a bit about the Oates Vic Open from girls I know that have played and I’ve heard so many good things,” said Woods.
“Last year, I tuned into the live stream of the playoff between Sandra (Gal) and Mel (Reid) and I could just tell it’s a great event.
“I made sure to put it on my schedule and this year I’m so glad I’m able to play.”
The 2018 Oates Vic Open will be the first time the 27-year-old has played a professional event with alternating men’s and women’s groups, something she’s keen to experience.
“It’s something that has definitely stood out in the past when people have talked about it and how well that combination works,” said Woods.
“It’s a really interesting aspect to the event and I’m looking forward to playing alongside the men’s tour.”
Woods will be chasing her second crown on Australian soil after she trumped Australia’s current number one female golfer Minjee Lee at the 2014 RACV Ladies Masters.
After some time away from the game, Woods will be one of a number of big names taking on defending English champs and Solheim Cup stars Mel Reid (2017) and Georgia Hall (2016) around 13th Beach next month.
“I had the longest break I’ve had in I don’t know how many years! It was nice to spend some time at home, rest and enjoy being with family before getting back into practising,” said Woods.
“I’ve been working with my coach here in Phoenix on a few swing tweaks that I think will help with consistency and a bit of distance.
“I’m planning out my schedule now so I don’t find myself too exhausted throughout the year and I’m always able to bring my A-game.”
City of Greater Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood is also excited to welcome some of the game’s top talents to the Bellarine Peninsula.
“The City is proud to sponsor the 2018 Oates Vic Open and with high calibre players such as Cheyenne Woods, Mel Reid and Georgia Hall signed up, this will be an event not to be missed,” said Harwood.
“If you’re into golf, or just want to experience a world-class sporting event in one of our region’s most spectacular locations, make sure you get along to this year’s Oates Vic Open.”