Chickasaw citizen Peyton "Beans" Factor is an up-and-coming junior championship golfer who is taking the golfing world by storm. After picking up a golf club at the age of three, she was playing competitively by the age of six and now strives to be one of the first American Indians in the LPGA. Beans, as she's known by her family and friends, is already gaining attention from college golf programs, including the elite program at Wake Forest University.
At just 13 years old, she regularly competes in tournaments against golfers several years older than she is, including seniors who have already committed to D1 universities. But that doesn't intimidate her. Beans loves the challenge and says that competing against older girls makes her golf game better. "It takes a lot of practice," she says. "It takes you losing and realizing it's not the end of the world." For her, golf is the greatest game ever because it teaches life lessons and how to overcome new challenges.
In addition to her golf training, Beans gets up every morning at the crack of dawn to work out at a local gym, takes tumbling lessons to strengthen her core and is a member of the cheerleading squad. She also excels in the classroom as an honors student who takes multiple AP classes. Beans has dreams of going pro but also aspires to become a brain or heart surgeon.