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Although slow to get interested in golf, Nutt keeps up a fierce pace on the golf links.

COURTESY PHOTO: JOE GIRRES - Kylee Nutt takes part in her favorite sport, aiming for the green. As a young girl, Kylee Nutt had no interest in golf. She didn't even watch golf tournaments on television.

Yet with some prodding from her father, Nutt has emerged as a standout golfer on the Scappoose High School girls golf team.

Prior to high school, birdies, eagles, bogies and sand traps were not in her vocabulary.

"I actually never touched a golf club until my freshman year of high school," Nutt said. "I blew my knee out my eighth-grade year playing soccer, because that was my main sport."

However, in an effort to keep his daughter active, Nutt's father made her join the golf team at school.

"I joined three weeks late," Nutt said. "I was golfing varsity, too, soon after that. … It took a while for me to actually enjoy it. I kind of went in with a negative idea of it."

But in short time, that all changed.

"I, like, fell in love with it," said Nutt, who is now a senior. "Now I literally can't wait to get out on the golf course."

And, once on the golf course, she said concentration is important.

"It's more like a mindset," Nutt said. "After a bad shot, if you don't bounce back, that could totally ruin all 18 holes."

Nutt said she doesn't necessarily prefer one aspect of the game over another.

Nutt admitted, "It's hard, because some days, your long game will just be magnificent, but that also means that your short game usually is awful. It varies day to day."

The part she enjoys most, however, is teeing off.

"I love teeing off. It's just the adrenaline rush on the first hole, teeing off in front of everybody," Nutt said.

Although it's easy to think of golf as an individual sport, Nutt enjoys the team aspect of it, too.

"My team has been doing really well," she said. "I'm super-excited to see all of our scores."

Nutt is particularly pleased with the performance of fellow team member Reagan Witt, a junior.

"She is killing it this year," Nutt said. "I'm really excited to see what she has in store this season. She is going to kill it her senior season, next year."

While coach Joe Girres has described Nutt as his No. 1 golfer and Molly Hagen as his No. 2 player, Nutt does not consider herself the senior member of the team.

"All of the rest of the seniors on my team started their freshman year," she said. "They've actually been golfing longer than I have. I joined three weeks late into the season, my freshman year."

Competition is well underway this season for the Indians. Nutt recently scored 45 points at a golf course in Banks.

In NWOC girls golf at Quail Valley Golf Course, on Tuesday, April 19, Scappoose finished second (179 points) behind Wilsonville (194 points). The Scappoose girls were led by senior Dylan Dietz with 50 points. She was followed by senior Molly Hagen with 46 points. Nutt had 45 points while junior Reagan Witt collected 38 points.

Nutt has her eyes set on going to Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota, where she hopes to get on the golf team. Her career ambition is physical therapy.

When it comes to golf, Nutt doesn't want a day to go by without practice.

"I absolutely love it," she said. "I look forward to going to practice every single day."

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