35 hours a week, most high school students spend that much time working a summer job. But to jake deforest, his full time job for the summer is golf.
3 years old, that's the age jake deforest started hitting the links with his grandpa and uncle.
"I've just grown up with those two golfing all the time, and i've just learned and watched, and seen what they do, and they've helped me the whole way through." says deforest.
When deforest teed off in junior high, he put his skills to the test, joining the st. Mary's varsity golf team in the 7th grade. As a junior he won the state tournament, and decided he had accomplished all he could in north dakota--next stop, arizona.
"It was hard leaving all my friends and just having to make new friends, but leaving all my closest friends here, and just having to adapt, but it went great."
And the greatest part of moving out west--the weather.
"Knowing that i've been able to really only play four to five months a year and seeing what my game, what my game can do being able to play all year around is pretty big for me."
In just one year-- he proved to the grand canyon state, he has no problem finding the bottom of the cup. The senior added an arizona high school state runner up trophy to his already loaded case.
Jake says, "I worked really hard before and we had a lot of like tournaments at the course, so the course was familiar and i mean i was happy with my finish but i would have liked to win it."
Moving to an area where golf can be played year round-- meant more exposure and bigger opportunities when it came to picking a college.
"I chose south mountain just not trying to jump into something too big right away and try to gain some experience next year and hopefully i'm only there for a year but if not go somewhere bigger after that and try to compete at the next level." says DeForest.
DeForest's biggest goal right now--- landing a spot at a division one school.
DeForest will be spending his summer here in bismarck catching up with friends and spending hours a day sharpening his golf skills.