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Sports Briefs: Metropolitan Open tees off July 10

Men’s Golf

The ninth Metropolitan Open for professionals and amateurs begins July 10 and concludes July 12 at The Country Club of St. Albans.

The tournament will feature the richest first-place prize yet.

With a full field of 72 professionals, first place will be $15,000 this year, up from $13,500 last year.

Marthasville native Shawn Jasper, the 2010 and 2011 champion, said the event has developed into one of the top tournaments in the area.

“In just a few short years, the Metropolitan Open has become one of the premiere events in the Midwest,” said Jasper, a University of Missouri and Francis Howell graduate who finished in a tie for second last summer. “The membership of St. Albans has raised the bar with their leaderboards and Plaza Motors has given this open a real Tour event feel. The Metropolitan Open is one of the most well executed events I have played in at any level of competition.”

Drew Stoltz came from two shots back on the final day to capture the 2013 title. The pro from Whisper Rock Golf Club (Scottsdale, Arizona) finished one shot ahead of Chris Thompson (Lawrence, Kansas) and Jasper (Boone Valley Golf Club) to put his name on the James S. Manion Trophy.  Alex Cusumano (Metropolitan Golf Club) finished low amateur and in a tie for 14th place.

This year’s championship play begins with all competitors playing 36 holes on the first two days before a cut to the low 40 scores and ties is made for the final round.

The tournament is free for spectators.

 

Dominic Valencia

Dominic Valencia

College hockey

Lindenwood University men’s head ice hockey coach Rick Zombo has announced the transfer of Dominic Valencia to the Lions.

CBC graduate Valencia is a sophomore forward who was with Mercyhurst University last year, where he had a strong freshman season for the Lakers – including 13 goals and 24 assists in 35 games.  His scoring came at key times with four game winners and four on the power play.

Valencia also played junior hockey with the St. Louis Bandits in the North American Hockey League and for the St. Louis Junior Blues in the North American 3 Hockey League, and was a member of CBC’s state championship team.

Zombo said he was happy to sign the St. Louis native.

“Dominic is a talented local player and we are excited about the opportunity he will now have to play for us,” Zombo said.  “He brings a high skill level and if he comes in focused, he can make a big impact on our team.”

Valencia will join a Lions squad that lost in the first round of the American Collegiate Hockey Association national tournament in 2014, but played in the championship game in five of the previous seven years, winning two national titles. One senior graduated from the 2013-14 team, which posted a 13-20-2 record last season.

 

High school soccer

It’s official. Member schools of the Missouri State High School Activities Association have approved a proposal to add a fourth class to boys and girls soccer beginning this fall.

That means the state’s high schools will be divided into four classes instead of three.

The MSHSAA Board of Directors at its recent meeting, voted to have Classes 2, 3 and 4 each have 64 teams. All other schools will be in Class 1.

The new district assignments for the next two-year cycle will be announced Aug. 15, according to the MSHSAA.

The state tournaments for both boys and girls are set to be played at Blue Springs through 2016.

 

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