Jackson Solem’s hot start couldn’t sustain itself.
The Longmont Christian grad and member of the Silver Creek boys golf team lost his match in the U.S. Junior Amateur to North Carolina’s Aman Gupta 2 and 1.
It looked like it would be Sole’s day as he sank an eagle on the par 4 third hole and made birdie on No. 5 to go 2-up on Gupta.
The two golfers then matched scores for the next three holes until Gupta finally got one back with a par on nine.
It was the first of four straight holes that Solem would surrender, and he suddenly found himself 2-down.
Solem got one back with a birdie on 13, but Gupta regained a two-hole lead on 15. Solem couldn’t close the gap and it was Gupta who advanced to Thursday afternoon’s round of 16.
Solem was the Class 4A runner-up in 2016 and will play his collegiate golf at the University of Denver.