Junior Golf Association of Northern California: Turlock’s Van Gaalen, 15, has 76 at Silverado, sweeps awards

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Clark Van Gaalen wasn’t about to let a sore right wrist, which he injured about a week ago, stop him from playing at Silverado Resort and Spa.

“I love coming to Silverado,” said Van Gaalen, who is from Turlock in Stanislaus County. “It’s always in great shape. The set-up is always really nice.”

In early July, Van Gaalen won both the boys’ 14-15 age-group division and overall titles at the Johnny Miller “Champ” Junior Championship, a two-day, 36-hole Junior Golf Association of Northern California premier points event at Silverado. He surged right to the top of the leaderboard, shooting a 3-under-par 69 on the South Course and followed that up with a 2-over 74 on the North Course, completing the tournament with a 1-under 143 total.

At the time, it was his sixth age-group win and fourth overall victory of the year.
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