Colorado golfers fail to advance in USGA Junior Amateur championship

5A boys state golf Dillon Stewart Fossil Ridge

Dillon Stewart. (Ryan Casey/

Fossil Ridge's Dillon Stewart was so close to repeating what Davis Bryant and Jackson Solem were able to do a year ago.

After Day 1 of the 2018 USGA Junior Amateur championship at Baltursol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Stewart was inside the cut line and looked like he could advance to the match play portion of the tournament. But a string of bogeys on the back nine of his second round proved to be just enough to keep him out.

Stewart shot a 5-over-par-76 in the second round to finish his tournament at 8-over. Eight players were tied in 62nd place, with only three advancing after a playoff.

Smoky Hill's Chris Kennedy was also in the field for the boys. He shot a 76 in the first round, which meant he had ground to make up for on Tuesday.

A triple-bogey on No. 2 and a double-bogey on No. 8 killed any momentum he hoped to build on the day. He finished with a string of eight-straight pars, but shot a 79 to end his week at 14-over.

Both players will return for their senior seasons in the fall. Stewart finished second in last year's Class 5A state tournament, losing to Eaglecrest's Bryant, who along with Silver Creek's Solem advanced to match play in last year's Junior Amateur. Stewart and Bryant were the only two golfers end the state tournament under par.

Kennedy finished tied for 15th.

Broomfield's Meghan Vogt qualified for this year's Junior Girls Amateur. She finished the second round of stroke play at 26-over to miss the match play cut.