North Platte’s Steele Finishes Freshman Year 4th in State

north-platte BulldogsNorth Platte Bulldog golfer Kort Steele placed fourth in the NSAA Class A Boys Golf State Championship on Thursday.

Steele is one of only two freshmen that qualified for the Class A State Championship Tournament held at Holmes Park Golf Course in Lincoln. The other freshman, Reece Rhodes, from Grand Island finished tied for 38th. Steele, however was one of only six players that finished the tournament below par. Steele shot a first round 72 for even par and was tied for fifth after the first day. He followed that up with a three under par 69 on Thursday to finish the tournament with a three under par 141 over the course of the two days the championship was held.

Steele was steady through the front nine on Thursday shooting even par and looking like he was going to hold even like the first day. The difference is that on Wednesday he was plus-1 after the front nine before going minus-1 on the back nine. He played great on the back nine Thursday to finish three under. The only hole he bogeyed on the back nine in the first round he got a birdie on in the second round.

Benjamin Maschka from Creighton Prep took State as a senior at 8-under par. Another senior, Clayton Peterson from Lincoln Southeast, placed second at 7-under par, and a sophomore, Alex Schaake from Creighton Prep, finished third at 5-under par.