by Gary Baines
The team representing Colorado, which has never finished better than third place in the boys Junior America's Cup, has opportunity knocking on the door.
Colorado will go into Thursday's final day of the JAC just three strokes out of the lead in Anaconda, Mont. The With a 19-under-par 413 total after Wednesday's second, Coloradans hold third place out of the 18-team field, trailing leader Mexico (410) and second-place Utah (412). The JAC features squads from the western U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Colorado backed up a first-round 205 with a 208 on Wednesday, and every team member is in the top 25 individually out of the 72-player field.
Dillon Stewart (left) of Fort Collins, who shared the individual lead with a first-round 64, is in second place after Wednesday, three back of Utah's Zachary Jones, who shot a course-record 63 at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Golf Course. Jones made an eagle and eight birdies on Wednesday, offset by one bogey.
Stewart, the 2018 AJGA Hale Irwin Colorado Junior champion, carded a 4-under-par 68 on Wednesday, recording an eagle, four birdies and two bogeys.
Davis Bryant of Aurora, a Colorado State University-bound golfer who's competing in his fourth JAC, moved up to 14th place with his second straight 70. He played his final four holes in 4 under par, with one eagle and two birdies.
And Walker Franklin of Broomfield and Cal McCoy of Highlands Ranch share 24th place at 143, with Franklin firing a 70 on Wednesday and McCoy a 72.
3. (out of 18 teams) Colorado 205-208--413
2. Dillon Stewart, Fort Collins 64-68--132
14. Davis Bryant, Aurora 70-70--140
24. Cal McCoy, Highlands Ranch 71-72--143
24. Walker Franklin, Broomfield 73-70--143
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