Three years ago, Cam Harrell was winning the second of his back-to-back Metro League golf titles.
On Monday, the Air Academy graduate will be playing in one of the biggest amateur tournaments in the country.
Harrell, a Colorado State student, qualified for the U.S. Amateur Public Links championship at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Va. The tournament runs Monday to July?20.
Using a hometown advantage, Harrell qualified by finishing second at Highland Meadows Golf Course in Windsor, a course Harrell was familiar with.
"I knew I could do well there," Harrell said recently. "I knew I would play well enough to have a chance to make it."
Harrell played better than well enough. He shot a two-day score of 8-under-par 133, two behind medalist Derek Fribbs and two better than fourth place, which would have landed him in an alternate spot.
Harrell finished a couple spots out of qualifying in 2012, the only other time he's attempted to qualify.
The former Kadet finished in the top 10 in the state high school tournaments three consecutive seasons, including a personal best third at the 4A level in 2010. He also won the 4A Metro League individual crown in 2010 as a senior and the 4A-5A Metro League title in 2009.
Despite a field of more than 150 entrants for the championship, Harrell is confident he can get through at least the first round of the amateur tournament. Harrell said the field will be cut to about 60 after a two-round total scoring. After that the tournament turns to match play.
"I'm looking to make match play as a high seed, hopefully top 20 or 30," he said. "If you get hot the first couple days you can make a run to the finals. I should be able to win a couple matches. Once you get there, it's match play and you never know."