Payton Culler
Payton Culler
Height: 5-6
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Hendersonville, N.C.
Major: Political Science
Last School: West Henderson HS

2015-16:  Played in all 10 events and 24 rounds throughout the season…Compiled a team-leading stroke average of 79.38 and posted one top 10 finish…Recorded a low round of 73 at the ASUN Championships, which also tied for lowest on the team…Had 12 rounds in the 70’s…Earned her first career top 10 performance at the Seminole State Spring Break where she placed tied for 8th…Finished tied for 14th at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate and followed two events later by tying for 18th place at the Winthrop Intercollegiate…

 Turned in a solid freshman campaign…One of three Spartans to play in all 11 tournaments during the season…Ranked fourth on the team with an 81.6 stroke average…Shot a 73 in her first collegiate round at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate…The round ended up being her lowest of the season…Shot five rounds in the 70’s…Averaged 81.4 in the fall and 81.7 in the spring…Posted two Top 15 finishes…Finished tied for 12th at the Winthrop Invitational and tied for 13th at the Seminole State Invitational… Helped the team shoot a season average of 321.4 per round, breaking the old program record of 322.0 shot in 2012-13.

High School:  A four-year letterwinner at West Henderson High School...Played in the No. 1 position her last three years...Named the co-Western North Carolina Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a senior... Also the 3A Western Regional champion as a senior...Finished ninth at the 3A state tournament...Averaged 72.6 for the year...Earned All-State and All-Western North Carolina honors...Led her team to the 3A Western Regional title...An All-State selection as a junior in 2012..Earned Western North Carolina Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors after posting a 72.8 stroke average...Helped lead West Henderson to a second-place finish in the 3A state tournament...Finished sixth individually with a final round 76, which was the lowest round of the day...Also spent plenty of time playing junior golf tournaments...Played in eight tournaments in 2013...Claimed two Top 20 finishes and four Top 30 efforts...Was 17th out of 70 players at the Pinehurst North/South Junior Championship with rounds of 72, 74 and 78...Finished 19th at the Peggy Kirk Bell Tour Players Championship...Had a pair of 12th-place finishes in tournaments in 2012...Also a standout student in the classroom after carrying a 4.3 GPA.

Personal:  Born on June 17, 1996…Parents are Baxter and Diane Culler…Has three older brothers, Baxter (29), Tony (28) and Vinny (26)…Brother, Baxter, played golf for USC Upstate and pursued a professional career after graduation…Is majoring in political science…Enjoys eating, playing with dogs and hanging out with friends…Lists her favorite food as Mexican…Says her favorite movie is “She’s The Man” and “Friends” her favorite TV show…Her favorite actors are Seth Rogan and Jennifer Aniston…Claims One Direction is her favorite musical group…Fall is her favorite season…Peyton Manning and Rory McIltroy are her favorite athletes…Her favorite quote is The Bible verse 2 Corinthians 4:8-10…Says her dream job is to be the PGA Tour commissioner.