Payton Hodson

Payton Hodson

Yr. Jr.
Hometown Middleton, Wis.
High School (Prev. School) Middleton

2021-22 MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention

2021-22: Featured in MVC Scholar-Athlete Spotlight... Named MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention... Finished with a season scoring average of 81.15 and a career scoring average of 81.96 that ranks fifth in program history... Carded a 230 at the Butler Fall Intercollegiate (Oct. 4-5), tied for the eighth-best 54-hole tournament score in program history... Stroked a season-best 74 in the first round of the Benbow Invite on March 7... Valparaiso University Top of the Class Award and Presidential Academic Honors.

2020-21: Averaged a team-best 82.24 while golfing in 17 rounds over seven events… Led all participants with a 77 despite battling windy conditions in a Sept. 30 dual match vs. Grace College… Stroked a team-best 244 over 54 holes at the Diane Daugherty Invite in Kirkwood, Mo. (March 29-30)… Again served as the team leader with a 36-hole score of 158 (+14) while notching a top-20 finish in the ISU Spring Invitational in Terre Haute (April 4-5)… Turned in a season-low 76 in the second round of the ISU Spring Invitational on April 5 in Terre Haute… Had the team’s top finish for a third consecutive meet when she posted a pair of sub-80 rounds and totaled 237 in the 54-hole Redbird Invitational on April 9-10 in Normal, Ill… Finished the season with a career scoring average of 82.41 that ranked eighth in program history… Earned Valparaiso University Presidential Academic Honors, MVC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award and MVC Honor Roll.

2019-20: Finished second on the team with a scoring average of 81.08 over 12 rounds spanning five tournaments… Finished her sophomore season with a career scoring average of 82.52, eighth in program history (minimum 20 rounds and two seasons)… Was second on the team in the MVC Fall Preview and the APSU Intercollegiate… Had a season-best 74 (+4) in the second round of the Dayton Fall Invitational on Oct. 15… Finished the Dayton Fall Invitational with a team-best 153 over two rounds, a score that ranked tied for 10th in program history for 36-hole tournament low… Was second on the team and ninth of 74 overall with a 78 (+6) at the Braun Intercollegiate (Oct. 22), which was shortened to a single round due to weather.

2018-19: Golfed 17 rounds as a freshman and posted an 82.53 scoring average… Tied for the best round by a Valpo player all season when she carded a 76 (+4) in the third round of the Loyola Fall Invitational on Sept. 18… Enjoyed a Top 10 finish at that event with a 54-hole score of 236 (+20), which placed her tied for 10th... Was a part of Valpo’s lineup for the MVC Championship from April 15-16 at Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton.

Prep: Named First Team All-State in 2017… Was an academic all-state honoree in 2016-17 and 2017-18… Placed fifth individually at the Division 1 WIAA State Golf Tournament in 2017… Team had strong success in the state tournament, placing first in 2015-16, second in 2016-17 and eighth in 2017-18… Placed first individually in conference tournament in 2016-17… Named  2017-18 Big 8 Conference Player of the Year… Won the 2016 Cardinal Invite, placed second at the 2016 Triton Invite and placed second (2016) and third (2015) at Regionals… Three-year letter winner in golf… Also won varsity letters in basketball and soccer… Won the WIAA Sportsmanship Award in girls basketball in 2017… Was a varsity reserve team co-captain in soccer... Had a 4.0 GPA all four years of high school… Was an AP Scholar with honors award winner and an outstanding academic achievement award winner (all four years)… Member of Key Club, Captain’s Table member, school tutor and writing buddy (National Honor Society), Gilda’s club member… St. Francis Xavier Parish member and youth volunteer.

Outside Achievements: Won the WPGA Tournament at Yahara Hills in 2017 and finished as the runner-up in 2016… Placed fourth in WPGA Tournament at Evansville (2016 and 2017), fourth at the Sherri Steinhauer Invitational Tournament (2016 and 2017) and 16th at the Wisconsin Women’s State Amateur in 2018 and 14th in 2017.

Personal: Enjoys camping and skiing… Daughter of Jeanette and Chip Hodson… Born on May 15, 2000… Double majoring in psychology and Spanish.