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Friday Night Sports Hero: Baylee Steele

North Platte golfer will be playing at collegiate level after high school
Published: Sep. 18, 2020 at 10:00 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -

Anyone who grows up with a golf course on their front door steps is bound to get hooked on the game, and that is exactly what happened to Baylee Steele.

“My brother just started walking across the street and playing some golf and I eventually got old enough to play with him and that’s how we got started,” said Steele.

Baylee never saw the game of golf having the impact on her life that it has had until she was given a chance to practice with the high school team when she was only in the eighth grade.

“Coach Orcutt gave me the opportunity to practice with the team in the eighth grade and I think that just really made me realize I really wanted to focus in and try to do my best at the game,” Steele said.

Jim Orcutt, who has been the head coach for the boys golf team for 37 years and served as an assistant coach for the girls team since 2007, said Steele puts in more work on the course than anyone he has ever seen.

“She’s been known to hit golf balls before school, when the sun is barely coming up in the morning, and then after school she puts in more work than I’ve ever had any golfer do,” said Orcutt.

Steele recently committed to play golf at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

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