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First-round 65 helps North Hall's Forrester to junior golf tournament victory
Gainesville's Weaver earns 3rd, North Hall's Kallab takes 10th
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Bartley Forrester was draining one putt after another Wednesday at the Georgia Club in Athens.

“I don’t think I missed any putts inside 10 or 15 feet,” said Forrester, who is a rising junior at North Hall High.

During Thursday’s second round of the Athens Junior Classic, he was stellar too.

Two solid rounds under par were enough to bring Forrester victory during the two-day, 36-hole event on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour with an 8-under par (136) — seven shots clear of the rest of the field.

Draining so many putts equated to Forrester’s 65 and marked his best round by about five shots, he said, then played under-par with just three bogeys on the final 18 holes.

“It was really exciting to win,” said Forrester, who won the individual 2016 Hall County championship. “It was my first win of the summer.”

With two years of high school remaining, Forrester is still in the process of getting his name out there with the college coaches. With a round of 7-under par, it shouldn’t take long.

Victory at the Athens Junior Classic was set up for Forrester as a result of a six birdies on the back nine during the first round. On the front nine he carded two birdies and a single bogey.

Also at the Georgia Junior Classic, Gainesville High’s Davis Weaver placed third at 2-over par, while North Hall’s Michael Kallab tied for 10th (153).

After winning this week, Forrester moves on to start play Monday in the Bubba Conlee Tournament at Quail Ridge Golf Club in Memphis. He qualified for the field of more than 100 golfers through a selective application process.

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