Paradise Valley youth golfers earn global accolades

Charlie Palmer, 11, and Tucker Clark, 13, are Paradise Valley residents. (submitted photo)

Charlie Palmer, 11, and Tucker Clark, 13, are Paradise Valley residents. (submitted photo)

Two Paradise Valley residents, Tucker Clark, Charlie Palmer, posted top-10 finishes at the IMG Academy Junior World Championships held July 12 -15 in San Diego.

Clark made four birdies and a bogey to fire a 3-under-par 68 in the second round of the three-round event held at Morgan Run Resort and Club.

He added bookend, even-par 71s to finish T7 for the tournament (71, 68, 71—210), eight strokes off the pace. Only six of the nearly 160 players in the Boys 13-14 Division placed higher, according to a press release.

Palmer started the tournament with a strong 4-under-par 68 made up of six birdies and two bogeys and a back-nine 33 at Sycuan Resort’s Oak Glen course.

He followed with a 2-over-par 74 in the second round before finishing the tournament with a final-round, even-par 72 (68-74-72—214). His 2-under-par tournament total put him at T6, two strokes off the pace in the Boys 11-12 Division.

Gracie McGovern, from Scottsdale, finished in 8th place in the Girls 9-10 Division with a 10-over-par 59, 58, 61—178 performance at Lomas Santa Fe Executive Course.

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