Trent Peterson of Eagan received the Minnesota Golf Association Men’s Player of the Year award at the MGA annual awards dinner Oct. 28 at Brackett’s Crossing Country Club in Lakeville.

It’s the third player of the year award for Peterson, who also won in 2008 and 2014. He had four victories this year – the Minnesota Public Golf Association State Public Links, MGA Mid-Players, Minnesota Golf Champions and the Lyle Cran Shortstop. He reached the semifinals of the MGA Players’ and tied for 11th at the MGA Amateur. Peterson, with partner Troy Johnson, qualified for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and tied for second at the MGA Amateur Four-Ball. Peterson also tied for second at the Twin Cities Championship, tied for fifth at the MPGA Mid-Public Links, and competed in the Minnesota State Open.

Peterson, 32, played for Eagan High School’s state Class AA boys golf championship team in 2005 and was co-medalist. He played college golf at South Dakota State University.

Minnesota Sports Awards

Two Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference athletes with local connections are among finalists for the Minnesota Sports Awards, which will be presented Dec. 11.

Rosemount native and St. John’s University football player Jackson Erdmann was nominated for Men’s Collegiate Athlete of the Year. Erdmann, the Johnnies’ senior quarterback, was the NCAA Division III player of the year in 2018. Parker Mackay of Minnesota-Duluth and Jimmy Schuldt of St. Cloud State, both hockey players, are the other two finalists.

Record-setting Augsburg University soccer player Ashley St. Aubin of Burnsville is a finalist for Women’s Collegiate Athlete of the Year, along with University of Minnesota softball player Amber Fiser and University of Minnesota gymnast Lexy Ramler. St. Aubin led the MIAC in goals and points in 2018 and was MIAC Player of the Year – Offense in 2017. St. Aubin had nine goals and four assists in Augsburg’s first 12 games of 2019.

Awards also will be presented to the girls and boys high school athletes of the year, professional athlete of the year and coach of the year at the Dec. 11 event, which starts with a reception at 5 p.m. at will be at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot. The awards presentation starts at 7:30.

Drop the puck

The first high school winter sport to begin practice was girls hockey on Oct. 28. Teams can play official games beginning Thursday, Nov. 7.

Burnsville will travel to Tartan for a 7 p.m. game Thursday. On Friday, the first South Suburban Conference game of the season will take place between Eastview and Lakeville North at Apple Valley Sports Arena. On Saturday, 2019 Section 3AA runner-up Eagan is home against Wayzata at 2 p.m. and Apple Valley is host to defending Section 3AA champion East Ridge at 7.

Defending Section 1AA champion Farmington begins its regular season Nov. 16 at Lakeville South.

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