University of Minnesota senior Yu Katayama strung together 54-holes of consistent golf this weekend and came away with the Minnesota State Open Golf Championship at Bunker Hills Golf Course. He carded rounds of 68, 69 and a 2-under par 70 in Sunday's finale for a 9-under par 207 and a two-shot victory. Trent Peterson, the MGA Amateur champion and senior at South Dakota State, finished second with a 7-under par 209
Katayama, who saw action in four tournaments in his first season at Minnesota after transferring from Scottsdale Community College, opened the final round with pars on the first three holes before carding back-to-back birdies on holes four and five. Three more pars on holes six through eight and a birdie on the ninth put the Tokyo, Japan native at 10-under at the turn. Eight pars and a bogey on hole 15 rounded out the champion's scorecard in the final round.
Former Gopher All-American Clayton Rask carded the low round of the day to finish in a three-way tie for fourth place at 5-under par. Rask turned pro shortly after his collegiate career ended this spring at Minnesota and competes on the Canadian Tour. Another former Gopher All-American Adam Dooley shot a 1-under par 215 and finished in a four-way tie for 15th place. Rask's teammate last season, sophomore Cameron White (Plymouth, Minn.), finished in an eight-way tie for 26th at 2-over par.
University of Minnesota recruit Tim Peterzen (Elk River, Minn.) finished in a four-way tie for 11th place at 2-under par while fellow recruit Robert Bell (Pierz, Minn.) finished in a tie for 60th place.