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Amateur Trent Peterson Seeks to Join Elite Class as Multiple State Open Winners

July 23, 2015

Trent Peterson of Valleywood Golf Course, defending champion of the 2014 Minnesota State Open Championship, after winning an exciting and emotional title last year is not satisfied and looks to build on last year’s success. Peterson aims to join rare company as not only a multiple-time State Open winner but a winner of back to back titles. The group of multiple-time winners consists of the most successful golfers in the state of Minnesota; this list includes Don Berry, John Harris, George Shortridge, Dan Croonquist, Les Bolstad, Tom Lehman, and a few more of the notable, topflight golfers Minnesota has seen.

Peterson knows the task at hand is anything but easy considering this tournament is filled with the best golfers across the state; boasting arguably the strongest field of any other tournament. His first round pairing features two past champions other than himself, Clayton Rask and Jon DuToit, but playing with other great players is something Peterson relishes.

I do not feel any extra pressure because I am good friends with them. Other than knowing them on a personal level, I enjoy playing with other successful players because I feed off their energy and good play. When I see them hit great shots, it makes me play better in turn,” emphasized Peterson.

Getting off to a great start is extremely important, just ask Peterson about his first round in last year’s championship and how it contributed to his victory. “I had a fantastic first round score of 63, my putter was unbelievable. It seemed like everything was dropping which led to nine birdies and gave me a sustainable five shot lead.” Peterson also mentioned his hot start allowed room for error, although as most people know, no lead is insurmountable. He played decently well but not well enough to manage his lead and eventually his competitors caught up for a share of the lead by the end of the second round. From there, the third round was back and forth with lead changes among professionals Justin Smith and Donald Constable as well as Peterson. After the conclusion of the third round, Smith and Peterson were tied heading into a sudden death playoff.

When asked about his mindset heading into the playoff, Peterson said “given the circumstances, I knew I could not afford to make the big mistake; so the focus was to get on the green in regulation and let him take a risk.” It is safe to say that Peterson has a good head on his shoulders, on the first playoff hole Smith launched his approach shot over the green and could not save par. The door was open for Peterson, who hit his approach shot on the green and two putted for par and his claim to the 2014 State Open Title.

Mendakota Country Club, this year’s host course, has not been a host site for the Minnesota State Open in recent years. Peterson, in response to the challenge it presents for the field, states “if you make par you are typically in good shape; the greens are playing well and the course is in great condition as of late. I used to work there, so you can call it somewhat of a small home course advantage.” Knowing the course sure cannot hurt Peterson’s chances this weekend. Follow Peterson this weekend as he tees off at 9:30am this Friday at Mendakota CC alongside Clayton Rask and Jon DuToit.

The 2015 Minnesota State Open is a three day 54-hole event with a cut after the first 36 holes (second round). This year’s State Open will be played at Mendakota Country Club from Friday, July 24th- Sunday, July 26th. For more information visit Minnesota State Open.

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