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Wesley Bearden finished tied for seventh place at an Atlanta Junior Golf event last week at Chestatee Golf Club. - photo by File photo

Wesley Bearden has been busy on the junior golf circuit in June. The Dawson County High School senior played in his most recent tournament last Wednesday, June 30 at Chestatee Golf Club in Dawsonville.


Bearden finished in seventh place with an 18-hole score of 78 at Chestatee. Atlanta Junior Golf sanctioned the event.


Bearden shot a par on the first two holes at Chestatee before trouble set in. He bogeyed the next three holes. A double-bogey on No. 8 also didn’t help his chance, as the golf course proved tough. The highlight of his round was a birdie on No. 16 and despite paring 10 of 18 holes, it wasn’t enough as Bearden finished tied for seventh place.


Winning the event in the 15-18 division was Reeves Bell from Gainesville with an 18-hole total of 72 and +1 score.


There where 27 golfers in the 15-18 division at the event at Chestatee.


Bearden also played in two other Atlanta Junior Golf events in June.


On June 7 he played at Brookfield Golf Club in Roswell and finished in fifth place. There were 31 golfers in his division, which was won by John Yi who shot a remarkable 70 for a -1 score.


Bearden shot an 80 for a +8 score.


On Monday, June 28 Bearden played at Laurel Springs Golf Club in Suwanee.


The showing was one of Bearden’s best finishes of the month. He finished in second place in the event, after shooting a 77 for a +6. His score was just two shots off the winner’s score. James Bernhardt of Atlanta won the event.


The Dawson County High School senior is currently in 22nd place overall for the player-of-the-year in the 15-18 age group for Atlanta Junior Golf.


The busy golfer also took part in an event sponsored by the Georgia State Golf Association. On Monday, June 14 Bearden played in an event at Crystal Falls Golf Club in Dawsonville.


With a strong showing Bearden finished in second place with an 18-hole total of 73 in the 16-17 division.


Winning the event was Will Brackett of Calhoun who shot a 72.


The association began in 1946 as a non-profit organization dedicated solely to serving the game of golf and its membership of more than 360 member clubs and their 85,000 members.


Their mission is to promote and preserve the traditions and integrity of golf in Georgia and enhance its enjoyment.


Also playing at Crystal Falls was Dawsonville native Madison Caldwell.


Caldwell finished first in the 11-12 division with a 9-hole total of 39.


Caldwell defeated Dallas Vaughan of Calhoun.


Atlanta Junior Golf was established in 1974 to provide an environment where a junior golfer, male or female ages 7-18, can enjoy golf and programs at his/her own rate, from beginner to a proficient level, while promoting and preserving the traditions and integrity of the game.