Marian’s very own Jalea Culliver individual varsity state golf champ of the 2018-19 season. She brought home the gold on hole one, shooting a four over par scoring a 76 for a tie at Norfolk Country Club on Oct. 9 2018.
Culliver started playing around the age of 10. From when she first started, to now at the end of her high school career her love of the sport has had its ups and downs. When she started on varsity as a freshman for the 2015-16 season, she grew an undeniable passion for the sport. All of her high school years have lead up to this moment; through the losses and disappointments, her motivations to practice, practice, practice so she can achieve her goals never faltered. “I was kind of in shock at first because I was expecting to play a second day. Overall, I was proud of myself for working so hard and it was nice to see that hard work pay off,” Culliver said.
She wouldn’t have gotten to where she is today without her parents’ unconditional love and support throughout the process; sacrificing their time and resources to make sure she lives up to her full potential. Culliver is planning to continue her golf career in college searching to find a program that is the best fit for her. As for beyond college, Culliver is not working toward golfing professionally currently. Culliver is the fourth person in the history of Marian golf to win an individual state title and will certainly be remembered for years to come.