COLORADO SPRINGS — His first appearance at the Class 4A state tournament meant a lot more to Frederick freshman Jake Chesler than a new set of experiences.
It meant a ton more to his high school program.
On Tuesday at The Club at Flying Horse, Chesler wrapped up his state tournament debut by finishing in a tie for seventh place overall at 8-over for the tournament. When he did, he became the first medalist in the history of the boys golf program at Frederick High School.
“My goal for my first high school season was to get top 10 at state,” Chesler said. “Based on where I was after yesterday, I knew I’d have to have a good round today. I played a lot better today and getting seventh is good for our program and for our school, so I was really happy with hit.”
On the first day of the 2018 state tournament, Chesler was 3-under at the turn but ended up shooting a 45 on the back nine and carding a 78 that landed him in a tie for 17th place to start Day 2. This time going 2-over on the front nine, Chesler birdied three of the first six holes on the back nine and turned in a 2-ovver 74 that ended up making a difference of 10 spots in the final standings.
One of the three players Chesler tied for seventh was Mead senior Kellen Kudrna. Unlike Chesler’s ascent, Kudrna fell from a tie for fifth place at 2-over that had him sitting five strokes back of Day 1 leader and eventual champion Micah Stangebye from Montrose to begin the day.
On Tuesday, Kudrna was 3-over on both the front and back nine to finish 6-over on the final day at state.
“To be honest, I’m a little disappointed,” Kudrna said. “The first day, I gave myself a chance and I just couldn’t get it done on the second day. I think I may have put a little too much added pressure on myself and I just didn’t make the shots I needed to make down the stretch.”
Kudrna entered Tuesday’s final round tied for fifth with senior teammate TJ Shehee. The Mavericks’ top golfer, Shehee made a push on Tuesday and finished with a 1-over round that included four birdies and landed him in third place overall at 3-over for the tournament.
Stangebye shot a 1-under round on Tuesday that lowered his score to 4-under for the tournament and easily held off any challengers. Ponderosa’s Mac Konrad finished runner-up at 1-over.
Class 4A boys golf state championships
At The Club at Flying Horse, par 72
Team scores — Montrose 451, Steamboat Springs 457, Palmer Ridge 468, Ponderosa 477, Mullen 479, Northridge 481, Evergreen 488, Durango 491, Discover Canyon 515, Coronado 531, Woodland Park 533, Pueblo Centennial 531, Lewis-Palmer 536.
Top individuals — 1. Micah Stangebye, Montrose, 69-71-140; 2. Mac Konrad, Ponderosa, 73-72-145; 3. TJ Shehee, Mead, 74-73-147; t4. Traejan Andrews, Northridge, 73-76-149; t4. Jack Rotermund, Steamboat Springs, 7376-149; 6. Hunter Swanson, Northfield, 77-74-151; t7. Mario Dino, Mullen, 79-73-152; t7. Jake Chesler, Frederick, 78-74-152; t7. Kellen Kudrna, Mead, 74-78-152; t10. Oliver Rotermund, Steamboat Springs, 77-76-153; t10. Drew Laake, Palmer Ridge, 79-74-153; t10. Ethan Whidden, Durango, 76-77-153.
Centaurus results — 13. Nick Vaver 75-79-154.
Other Frederick results — t63. Colton Gabbard 87-91-178.
Longmont results — t50. Adam Gannon 91-81-172.
Niwot results — t15. Jack Hoover 77-79-156; t42. Andrew Elliott 85-84-169.
Silver Creek results — t40. Garrett Stansel 80-88-168; 62. David Brett 88-89-177.