Already the only medalist in the history of either the boys or girls golf programs at Frederick, junior Jake Chesler has long been a trailblazer for the Warriors.
Before he arrived, Frederick wasn’t considered by anyone to be a golf school.
But Chesler showed up as a freshman in 2018 and immediately became the Frederick boys’ first-ever state placer. Now a three-time state medalist, he placed seventh in Class 4A as a ninth-grader, 10th as a sophomore, and this fall, Chesler took home a fourth-place medal at the Country Club of Colorado.
He has already lifted Frederick golf to new heights and winning an individual state title is seemingly the only accomplishment left for Chesler to achieve in high school golf. When he chases after the 4A crown as a senior in 2021, he’ll do so as the reigning BoCoPreps.com boys golf player of the year.
“When I first started as a freshman, we had a pretty solid group of guys,” Chesler said. “I’ve always been really serious about the game and the guys made it pretty fun for me. As a freshman, I struggled to stay under par and then as a sophomore, I started to learn how to keep those good rounds from getting out of control. These last three years, I feel like the mental side has really improved a lot for me.
“I’ve learned that all you can do is your best on every shot and in every moment. If you don’t win, you don’t win.”
Given how much he has improved over his first three prep seasons, Chesler now enters every tournament expecting to win. Much of the time, he does.
Playing in a new league under unusual circumstances this fall, Chesler also nabbed the Longs Peak League individual championship while leading the Warriors to a league title as a team.
At the state tournament, Chesler shot a 78 on Day 1. He then carded a 2-over 73 on Day 2 — the final hole of his junior campaign a birdie — to move up several spots on the leaderboard and into a tie for fourth place with a two-day score of 151.
“I felt like the season was pretty good,” Chesler said. “I felt like I was always in the hunt to win every tournament. I worked hard all summer and through the fall to put myself in that spot and I’d say it was a good year.”
One of only a few top-10 state placers returning in 2021, Chesler said he’ll be gunning for the title as a senior. There to help him, of course, will be Warriors head coach Chris DeSantis, who is a Frederick alumnus.
After watching Chesler press onward and rise upward over the past three years, DeSantis has the utmost confidence that his pioneering ace will do everything in his power to bring Frederick its first individual golf championship.
“I can say he has definitely taken this game so seriously that it puts a smile on my face,” DeSantis said. “For someone so young to understand and grasp this game and to surprise people the way he has, it has been such a pleasure to watch his progress and how he’s improved every year. He’s just a special kid and coaching him has been an incredible experience.”