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Minnesota (MGA) Players' Championship

EDINA, MN (June 22, 2006) -- To say Andrew Paulson, a native of White Bear Lake and current member of the University of Minnesota men's golf team, had a good day Thursday would be an understatement. Ten birdies over 30 holes and one MGA Players title later, Paulson had what was arguably his most triumphant day on a golf course at the 28th annual MGA Players Championship at the TPC-Twin Cities in Blaine, Minn. today.

In fact, Paulson was nearly on his way to the TPC course record (63, in case you're wondering) when he birdied the first three holes in his semifinal match against fellow collegian, Eric Deutsch of Rochester Golf and Country Club.

However, Deutsch didn't exactly roll over. The senior golfer from University of Notre Dame made three birdies of his own on the first six holes and squared the match with a birdie three on the par-4 7th. However, the red-hot Paulson took back the lead quickly making birdie on the par-3 8th and par-4 9th to go 2 up.

After some even play on the first few holes of the back side, Paulson closed out Deutsch with, fittingly, a birdie on the par-4 16th winning the match 3&2. Next up, Paulson matched up with Theo Frentzos of Elk River Country Club, who had continued his surprising play earlier in the day upsetting Robbie Kelley of Minneapolis Golf Club 4&2. Again, Paulson used a barrage of early birdies on the par-4 2nd, par-4 7th and par-5 12th to open up a commanding 5-up advantage over Frentzos.

Paulson closed out the match on the par-4 14th with a par and hoisted the MGA Players trophy.

For the University of Minnesota sophomore, it's his first MGA title, but not his first win on the big stage. Paulson also won the 2004 Minnesota State High School League Championship at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids, Minn.

For complete match play results, click on the tournament link above.

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