June 26, 2013
University of Minnesota junior Genki Hirayama defeated Trent Peterson of Valleywood Golf Course 3 and 2 in the final match to take home the title at the 35th Annual Minnesota Golf Association Players’ Championship. The championships, played at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, started with a field of 64.
Hirayama becomes the 10th player with Gopher ties to win the event, including current Golden Gopher head coach John Carlson and former Minnesota All-American Tom Lehman. Carlson took home the title at the 2000 championships at The Wilds Golf Club while Lehman won the 1980 event at White Bear Yacht Club.
The entire list of past champions can be found here.
Hirayama, a native of Nagaski, Japan made it to the finals by outlasting Dalton Charboneau in 20 holes in the semifinal match and a 2 and 1 victory over Scott Gustafson in the quarterfinals.
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