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.
Gophers Finish Seventh at Royal Oaks Intercolliegiate
The Gophers finished tied for seventh at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate with Thomas Longbella recording his first career top 10 finish.
Longbella in Top 10 After Day One at Royal Oaks
Seeking the first top-10 finish of his career, freshman Thomas Longbella leads the way for Minnesota and sits tied for 10th after the first day one.
Gophers Head to Royal Oaks Intercollegiate
The Gophers hit the road once again as they travel to Dallas, Texas for the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate.