Smoky Hill senior-to-be Chris Kennedy shot a lifetime best 4-under-par in a qualifying tournament on June 26, 2018, to make the field for the U.S. Junior Amateur in July in New Jersey. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Sentinel)

COMMERCE CITY | Smoky Hill senior-to-be Chris Kennedy earned his way into the prestigious U.S. Junior Amateur golf tournament and he did it in style Tuesday.

Kennedy made an eagle on the par-5 Hole No. 18 at Buffalo Run Golf Course to put the finishing touches on a qualifying round of 4-under-par 68. He shared medalist honors with Fort Collins’ Dillon Stewart, who also made an eagle on the final hole.

Kennedy and Stewart finished a shot clear of Andrew Rodriguez of The Woodlands, Texas, who claimed the third qualifying spot in the U.S. Junior Am, which is scheduled for July 16-21 at Balustrol in Springfield, N.J.

Eaglecrest grad Davis Bryant — who made the U.S. Junior Am on two previous occassions — shot a 1-under 71 to finish a stroke out of a possible alternate spot, while Regis Jesuit grad Cal McCoy carded a plus-2 74.

The U.S. Junior Amateur begins with two days of stroke play, with the top 64 players moving on to match play to decided the championship.

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2018 U.S. JUNIOR AMATEUR QUALIIFIER

June 26 at Buffalo Run G.C.

Qualifiers (par 72): T1. CHRISTOPHER KENNEDY (AURORA) 68; T1. Dillon Stewart (Fort Collins) 68; 3. Andrew Rodriguez (Woodlands, Texas) 69; 1st alternate: Jack Castiglia (Lakewood) 70; 2nd alternate: Matthew Denton (Austin, Texas) 70

Local results: Davis Bryant 71; Cal McCoy 74; Beam Boonta 78; Walker Fuller 84