SAN LAMEER, KwaZulu-Natal (18 September 2014) – With the Cell C SA Women’s Open leading a resurgence in South African women’s professional golf as part of the inaugural Sunshine Ladies Tour, American Cheyenne Woods also believes the global women’s game is fast gaining the recognition and support it deserves.

Woods returns to South Africa for the 16-19 October Cell C SA Women’s Open at San Lameer Country Club on the Hibiscus Coast hoping to make an even bigger impact as a maiden winner on the Ladies European Tour (LET) this year. The niece of Tiger Woods claimed her maiden LET victory this year in the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters.

“It felt great to finally have that breakthrough and play to a level I know I’m capable of,” said Woods. “It was exciting to have it come at the beginning of the year. It’s my second year on the LET and I’m feeling a lot more comfortable, and the win was a great way to start this season.”

As one of the most recognisable faces in international women’s golf, Woods believes women’s professional golf is on the rise.

“I think it’s definitely improving with more tournaments and greater sponsorships every year. And it’s great to see because there’s a lot of talent out here. It’s good to see it being recognised.”

Woods will be making her third tournament appearance in South Africa after last year’s Cell C SA Women’s Open and the Gary Player Invitational.

“I’ve always been interested in South Africa and its history. I think what has surprised me most about the country is the energy you feel once you’re there. Everyone is so welcoming and so positive. You get a real positive energy in South Africa and that’s what I love about it.”

Woods’s appearance in the Cell C SA Women’s Open is part of her build-up to the LPGA Tour’s Qualifying School in December.

“That’s the main goal for me this season. Everything is building up to the Q School.”

The R4.5 million Cell C SA Women’s Open is co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Ladies Tour (in partnership with the WPGA of South Africa) and the Ladies European Tour.