Annie Park, 16 of Levittown, scored the most eye-opening win in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, taking a lead on the front nine and maintaining it to beat Cheyenne Woods, Tiger’s niece, 3 and 2.
Park advances to the semifinal round Friday afternoon in the national tournament at Bandon Dunes in Bandon, Oregon. She has played a lot of big tournaments all over the country, but never has been on a stage like this. She has won four matches against quality opponents.
Beating Woods is at the top of her career list, at least so far. It is a testimony to her work and the lessons she has learned from her teacher, Sean Foley. Park started studying with Foley long before he became Tiger Woods’ swing instructor last year. When the Foley-Woods connection became apparent, Park said that one of her dreams would be to meet Woods.
She didn’t realize it would be meeting Cheyenne Woods, the daughter of Earl Woods Jr., Earl Sr.’s son from his first marriage. Cheyenne, 20, is a senior at Wake Forest and was the medalist in the stroke-play qualifying rounds at Bandon Dunes this week.
“A lot of my friends don’t like to play golf. They say, `It’s so boring.’ But I have a lot of friends who say, `It’s so cool’ and they’re really interested in my competitions,” she said after she shot 72 during a sectional qualifier for the Women’s Public Links at Neshanic Valley G. C. in New Jersey.