Peyton "Beans" Factor, the eight-year-old from Ada who won a national contest that gave her a VIP week at the LPGA’s season-ending CME Group Titleholders in Naples, Fla., late last month, came back to her LPGA/USGA Girls Golf Club meeting Saturday at the Jenks High School indoor golf facility to give a report to her home club on her big week.
Beans had an amazing week, including interviewing Lydia Ko, a few clips of which are here. You can read her Q&A here and see more about her schedule for the week here.
Maggie Roller, who runs the northeast Oklahoma chapter of the LPGA/USGA Girls Golf program, usually held at LaFortune Park in Tulsa, said the other young girls in the program were fascinated by Beans’ stories from her week at the LPGA Championship, including her stay (along with her family) in a $1,700 per night room at the Ritz Carlton.
Beans won the Little Girls, Big Dreams contest on the LPGA Girls Golf website thanks to a social media storm that included more than 20,000 votes for her picture from around the world. She got votes from China, Korea, Australia and other countries as well as strong support here in Oklahoma.
Her mother Sara Factor said Beans, who acquired the nickname for her voracious appetite for beans, was right at home during her special week, whether interviewing Ko or following Sandra Gal and Allison Lee for 18 holes during the first round, or hanging out in the practice area with Inbee Park, Brittany Lang and others on the second day.
"They were all great to her," Sara said. "They all got to know who she was and would just walk by and say, "Hey Beans, or ‘what’s up Beans.’ She met Juli Inkster, Michelle Wie, Morgan Pressell and many others. None of it seemed to faze her very much. She just took it all in stride, like she was supposed to be there."
Beans practices and plays at Oak Hills Country Club in Ada and plans to play on both the North Texas PGA Junior Tour and the U.S. Kids Tour in Oklahoma City in 2016. She has a dream of attending Wake Forest, though Sara thinks the fascination with the name is because Tinkerbell lived in the forest. And why not make decisions based on magic. Look what’s happened already.