Amateur Trent Peterson of Valleywood Golf Course went wire-to-wire to win the 2019 Minnesota Golf Champions with a final score of four-under par 212 at Edina Country Club.
Peterson went into the final round with a two-stroke lead over amateur Michael Schmitz of The Bridges Golf Course. He also started the round with the same conditions as the rest of the 19-player field: cold temperatures and misting rain. Although the weather wasn’t ideal, Peterson didn’t let it affect his mindset going into the last round.
“You know what, everyone’s got to play in it, and so I just had a good outlook the whole time.” Peterson said. “I’m wet, they’re wet, everyone’s wet, who cares.”
Peterson also felt the affects of the wet conditions, but it wasn’t necessarily reflected on his scorecard, where he pared 13 holes.
“It played a lot longer, because I hit the ball so low, the fairways have got so much water on it. Yesterday it was hard and firm but today it just rolled nowhere.” But Peterson also mentioned that “the greens were fantastic all week. Even today with the moisture on them they were still fast. I really minimized my mistakes today so it was a little easier.”
Professionals Don Berry of Edinburgh USA and Sam Matthew of North Oaks GC finished tied for second two shots back at two-under par 214. Brent Snyder, who finished the three-day event in fourth at one-over par 217 recorded a hole-in-one on the seventh hole, a 185 yard par 3.
The Minnesota Golf Champions is an invitational event where 2019 state champions and high-place finishers in major Minnesota tournaments compete.
Full Results can be found here.