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April 23, 2009
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Baxter Culler recently finished his golfing career at USC Upstate with a seventh-place finish at the Atlantic Sun Conference Championships in Buies Creek, N.C. The senior had many strong finishes throughout the 2008-09 season, including a second-place finish at the Rutgers Invitational, an 11th-place finish at the Sea Trail Intercollegiate, 12th-place position in the Larry Nelson Collegiate Invitational, and a 16th-place finish at the Wexford Plantation Invitational among numerous other top-20 finishes.
Hailing from Hartsville, S.C., Culler has been an impact from the beginning, claiming two top-5 finishes and four top-10 efforts for the Spartans in his freshman season, finishing second on the team with a 76.5 stroke average. In his sophomore campaign, he finished in the top-5 on six occasions, winning two individual titles at the Kiawah Island Invitational and the Peach Belt Conference Championships. He was an All-America, All-Region and All-Conference selection for his efforts, finishing second in the entire league with a 73.0 stroke average.
His junior year was of similar stature, as he helped the Spartans make a solid transition into Division I play, turning in top-15 finishes at the Sea Trail Intercollegiate, Frank Landrey Invitational, BSC Invitational and Wofford Invitational. His top performance came at the BSC Invitational, where he claimed the fourth spot and helped the Spartans take the team title.
Culler also proved himself in the classroom, being named to the A-Sun All-Academic team last year. He recently sat down with Sarah Hurd of upstatespartans.com and discussed his playing career at Upstate and what he has in store for his future in golf.
After having just finished 7th at the A-Sun Conference Championships, how do you look back and reflect on your golfing career at Upstate?
With a three-way tie going into sudden death in the (2009) Masters, who did you pick to win?
As part of the USC Upstate golf team, you got the opportunity to play in Hawaii this spring. What was that experience like?
How do you handle a bad hole or round of golf and what's your mentality when moving on to the next hole or game?
If you could play on any golf course in the world, which one would you choose?
What were the most significant adjustments you had to make when transitioning to Division I your junior season?
In your opinion, what's the strongest part of your golf game?
Can you describe your playing experience under head coach Todd Lawton?
What is your favorite course that you have had the opportunity to play on in your college career?
Do you want to stay competitively involved with golf in the future?