Fall 2002: Played the best golf of her Illini career during the fall, ranking third on the team with a stroke average of 77.29 … Recorded a career-best ninth place finish at the Shootout at The Legends, shooting a career-low 54-hole score of 223 … Notched another Top 10 finish at the Lady Northern, tying for 10th place … Tied her career-low round a the Pat Bradley Championship, carding a 1-under par 71 … Illinois’ top finisher in two tournaments.
2001-02: Played in 10 tournaments on the season, earning her third Varsity “I” letter … Ranked fifth on the team in stroke average … Highest individual finish was tying for 16th at the Illini Spring Classic … Finished 30th at the Shootout at The Legends with a season-low 54-hole score of 228 … Shot a season-low round of 73 at the Big Ten Championship … Academic All-Big Ten … NGCA All-Scholar Team … Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar … Following the season, Cheney won the 2002 Northern California Women’s Amateur … She shot a 72 at a USGA Qualifier in Carmel, Calif. to qualify for the USGA Women’s Amateur in Long Island, N.Y., missing the cut for match play competition at the Amateur by only three strokes.
2000-01: Competed in 10 tournaments as a sophomore, earning her second Varsity “I” letter … Top individual finish was 18th place at the Illini Spring Classic, where she carded a two-round score of 160 … Shot her season-low 54-hole score of 230 during the fall at the Arkansas-Little Rock Lady Trojan Invitational … Also fired her career-low round, a 1-under par 71, at Arkansas-Little Rock … Tied for 22nd at the Mary Fossum Invitational … Recorded a stroke average of 81.7 on the year … Academic All-Big Ten … NGCA All-Scholar Team.
1999-2000: Participated in three fall and seven spring tournaments, earning her first Varsity “I” letter … Recorded three Top 25 finishes including a season’s-best tie for 13th place at the Illini Spring Classic … Had the third-best season stroke average on the squad (82.6) … Shot a season-low 73 en route to a tie for 21st place at the Lady Aztec Invitational … Tied for 15th at the Springlake Intercollegiate with a two-round total of 156.
High School: Recorded first-place finishes in two tournaments her senior year … Earned four letters on the boys’ golf team, two in girls’ golf and three in field hockey … Won team MVP honors her junior and senior years in golf and senior year in field hockey … Received the Coach’s Award her freshman year and the Most Improved Golfer Award her sophomore year … Was named the Most Inspirational Golfer her senior year … Member of the four-time league champion men’s golf team … Honor roll student.
Personal: Born Oct. 30, 1980 … Nicknames are “Chain” and “Peff” … Daughter of Norman and Brenda Cheney … Majoring in speech communications … Three-time George Huff Award Winner … Made the Dean’s List her freshman and sophomore years … Member of Illini Life Christian Fellowship … Tied for second in the 1997 Maxfli PGA … Won the Northern California Golf Association Championship … Tied for fourth in the 1998 Silver Belle … Competed in the 1996 and 1998 U.S. Junior Girls Championships … Favorite quote is “You must become a part of the change you want to see.” –Ghandi … Enjoys reading, coffee shops, volunteering, outdoor activities and creating new nicknames.
Cheney's Career Statistics:
Year Rounds Shots Avg. Low Round 1999-2000 25 2,058 82.32 73 2000-2001 23 1,880 81.74 71 2001-2002 27 2,205 81.67 73 Fall 2002 14 1,082 77.29 71 Total 89 7,225 81.18 71 (Twice)