LOVELAND — Jake Chesler of Frederick and Gavin Hagstrom of Fossil Ridge went toe-to-toe all 18 holes they were paired together for at the Walt Clark Invitational at the Olde Course in Loveland.
Chesler was the one who took the early lead and sat at the top of the leaderboard for a good portion of the round. A pair of double-bogeys late opened the door for Hagstrom to take the lead. He would jump to the top and hold the top spot while Chesler was able to finish second with a 70 for the day.
“I thought I did pretty good,” Chesler said. “I did have six birdies, but then I had two doubles. On hole 15, I just hit a bad tee shot and three putted. Then on 17, there was a bad ruling call and I doubled that. Thankfully I pared 18 and birdied 1.”
Chesler was second individually and Frederick as a team finished in third place. Colton Gabbard was ninth in the field and finished with an 80 thanks to three birdies and multiple pars on the course. Nick Formy was six strokes behind with an 86 and Cole Greff finished at 95 to round out the scores for Frederick.
The top three finish continues a trend of team success at tournaments for Frederick this season.
“We’re feeling really good,” Chesler said. “Before this one, we tied for first place in our second tournament and then won three straight. We felt pretty good heading into this. I don’t think we all played that great, but overall we’re doing pretty well so far.”
The other individual highlight came from Adam Gannon of Longmont. Shooting par or bogey on his first 10 holes of the round, he managed to hit his first birdie on hole 17 and added a couple more on holes 6 and 7 to complete his day with a 73. The late push was enough to finish in third place in the field.
“I felt great and very relaxed all day,” Gannon said. “Nothing really felt bad with my swing.”
The round by Gannon was his best of the season. While the physical part of the game has improved, it’s the mental side he says is starting to turn around and allowing him to improve his score that was displayed on Wednesday.
“At the beginning of the year, my head wasn’t screwed on straight,” Gannon said. “I wasn’t thinking clearly and was kind of out of it until today. After this round today, I just want to come out and do better the next time.”
Bennett Wiley shot an 82 and Longmont would finish 10th with a team score of 258.
Other tournament notes
Tanner Strong was near the top 10 on the leaderboard at the midway point of the tournament thanks to a steady start to the round. He would finish with an 85 and Caden Campbell shot an 86 as Mead finished 11th overall.
Skyline and Centaurus both had stead rounds from all four players and shot a 97 or better between the four of them. John Reed had the best finish for Skyline with his 85 and the Falcons would come in six strokes behind Mead for 12th place. Centaurus, four strokes behind Skyline in the final team standings, was led by Ryan Vaver and his 83.
While Niwot finished with a team score of 310, they did see top golfer Christopher Cunlikson shoot an 82 to finish near the top of the individual leaderboard. Erie was led by Ben Leach with a 95 and the best score for Silver Creek came from Jake McCaffrey with his 99.
The top winner in the field was Fossil Ridge, who had the top medalist and the best team score. Hagstrom shot a 70 as well and won the tiebreaker with Chesler for the medalist position. He was followed by Owen Cornmesser with a 74, Alex Rodgers with a 75 and Charlie Wang with an 80. Their team score was a 219 and saw them win by 13 strokes over Cheyenne Mountain.