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The Kansas City Royals are excited to announce the Inaugural Career Fair taking place inside the Diamond Club at Kauffman Stadium on Friday, April 29, 2011 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Looking for a job, internship, or a career change? Join the Kansas City Royals and other business leaders for a unique networking opportunity to connect with representatives from a variety of corporate businesses and organizations. Fees and Game Information: $13.00 Career Fair Registration. Cost includes admittance to the Career Fair and a ticket to the Royals vs. Twins Game at 7:10 p.m. on April 29, 2011. For more information on the Royals Career Fair please contact Laurie Ambroson at (816) 504-4390 or email laurie.ambroson@royals.com.

Sweeney, Figueroa Win Big 12 Honors

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The Big 12 Conference announced today the 2010-11 Big 12 Swimming and Diving postseason awards, and two Tigers were selected to receive postseason honors. Jamie Sweeney received the honor of Big 12 Women's Diving Coach of the Year for the first time, while freshman Loren Figueroa also nabbed her first Women's Diver of the Year honor for the conference.

Rise Finishes as National Runner-Up

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With one event left in the heptathlon at the 2011 Indoor NCAA Championships, senior Lars Rise (Trodheim, Norway) found himself in fourth place. Rise was sitting in the middle of a logjam - 62 points separated the second place and seventh place competitors. Rise ran a huge five-second personal-best of 2:40.92 for 863 points in the 1,000m run to jump over two competitors and finish the event as the national runner-up.

Soccer 5k this Sunday!

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3rd Annual Tiger Trot 5K Run/Walk Benefitting True North 9:00 A.M., Sunday April 17, 2011 at Memorial Stadium $25 per person or pledge a dollar amount per mile* (Donations also Accepted) A portion of the proceeds will benefit True North in Columbia, Mo. T-Shirts and Prizes for participants. Please contact Shaunna Daugherty @ daughertys@missouri.edu with any questions and for registration details and visit WeAreMizzouSoccer.com for further detail.

Six Tigers Earn Academic Awards

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Six Missouri Gymnasts have been honored by the Big 12 conference for their academic achievement over the past year. Five Tigers have been named to the 2011 Academic All-Big 12 first team and one to the second team. Juniors Mary Burke and Allie Heizelman earned first team honors along with sophomore teammates Sandra Ostad, Lauren Swankoski and Tori Howard. Senior Alex Gold was named to the All-Big 12 second team as well.

Bouchard Takes Bronze Twice at World Trials

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Dominique Bouchard posts lifetime best finish in first event of the competition, and qualifies for World Games in the 200 back. Bouchard qualified for the World University Games with her bronze medal finish in the 200 back Saturday. She finished the event in 2:10.30, just ahead of fellow Missouri swimmer Lauren Lavigna, who finished fourth in 2:10.80. Bouchard will represent Canada at the Games held in August. Lavigna also led off a relay with her club team, earning a gold medal and setting a new Canadian record.

Sophomore Jace Long claims second victory of the spring season

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Jace Long (Dixon, Mo.) led Missouri Golf to its third consecutive victory of the spring season as he shot a second-round 67 and an even-par 72 to win the 2011 Arkansas-Little Rock First Tee Classic on Tuesday afternoon in Little Rock, Ark. The 2011 First Tee Classic was played at the par-72, 7,326-yard Chenal Country Club. The victory was Long's second straight for Head Coach Mark Leroux's club. Long won the Jackrabbit Invitational on March 15 in Las Vegas.

Bradley Takes Third, Schavrien Sixth

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Junior Dom Bradley picked up two wins to secure third place while senior Todd Schavrien finished in sixth as the Tiger wrestling team wrapped up the 2011 NCAA Championships. Bradley is the second heavyweight All-American in program history, joining two-time honoree and National Champion Mark Ellis. Bradley finished the year with a 30-4 record. Schavrien finished 30-9 in his senior season, and wrapped up his career with an 86-44 record while earning his first ever All-America honors along the way.

After four years as a member of the Mizzou Tigers golf team, I'm now paying for my own golf tournaments... That is the downside to being a young gun in the world of professional golf. The upside, however, is that I do have the opportunity to make money playing a game that I have loved for the last 10 years of my life. As long as the weather is decent, I go to work everyday in the greatest office the world has to offer: a golf course!

In May of 2009, I graduated with a degree in Communication, and was suddenly no longer a student-athlete. While all the responsibilities that go along with being a student-athlete definitely can make life seem pretty stressful, I quickly realized that the "real world" has stresses of its own. All of a sudden I was paying more bills than ever (because I had to pay for my own entry fees and travel expenses for golf tournaments), and I wasn't getting a scholarship check anymore. I wanted to play amateur golf for one last summer, too, which meant no cash winnings from the golf course. Needless to say, I was feeling a little strain by the end of the summer.

Despite financial hardships, I knew that I had the motivation, talent and desire to play golf professionally, and I set about making that a reality towards the end of the summer. After achieving a life-long goal by winning the Tennessee State Amateur with a 72-hole scoring record in early August, I set my sites on making my professional debut. But I needed financial help. So I put together a Limited Liability Company (LLC) called PeterMalnatiGolf, and filed it with the State of Tennessee. I then offered "shares" of my company to family, friends and anyone else who wanted to support me. The money from the shares will fund the first 16 months of my professional golf career, and my shareholders are entitled to 80% of all winnings and 50% of all sponsorship income during those 16 months. I didn't quite raise all the money for which I was looking, but I had more than enough to get me started!

So start I did. In September, I traveled to a little town just north of Lincoln, Nebraska and made my professional debut in the Nebraska Open. I shot 70, 65 the first two rounds to sit in the top 10 heading into the final round. I learned an important lesson the last day, though: you can't think about the money while you're playing! After a great front nine had moved me up the leaderboard, I began to see dollar signs over every shot. The result was a lousy back nine and a final round 71 which dropped me into a tie for 18th. It was an expensive, but valuable, lesson to learn, and I still consider that a nice tournament for my debut.

Since then I've had some real successes (I shot 68, 63, 69, 66 to win the First Stage of PGA Tour Qualifying) and a disappointment (My four-under-par total at the Second Stage of PGA Tour Qualifying was not quite good enough to advance to the finals), but overall I have played very well and I feel really good about the trajectory of my career. Because I didn't make it all the way through PGA Tour Qualifying, I will start the year next year with no status on either of the major professional tours in the United States, but I will be playing on a smaller professional tour on the East Coast and will have the opportunity to play in weekly qualifiers to get into events on the major tours. 2010 is a year that could send me in a lot of different directions, but I am just thrilled that I will get to do what I love every day, and potentially make some pretty good money doing it!

As far as where I'm living... I wish I had a good answer to that. I still have a place in Columbia and love everything about this town except the weather. I will spend plenty of time here. I grew up in East Tennessee almost on the North Carolina line. That is a convenient location for the tour I will be playing on quite a bit next year, so I will likely spend a lot of time there as well. I'm trying to relocate to the Orlando area for January and February, but the aforementioned budget issues are hindering that plan. I'm still thinking I will find a nice family or couple to rent me a guest room affordably for a couple of months, but it just hasn't happened yet. I'm still hopeful. I'll be a little bit of everywhere next year, though, and it should make for a fun year!

Lastly, I just want to say that I miss being involved with everything that goes on in this place (MIZZOU!). I'm so thankful to all of the people that really helped me while I was a student-athlete, and I know that some of the friendships I made while here will last a lifetime. Oh, and as for things lasting a lifetime, this Tennessee boy's blood now runs Black and Gold. Let's go Tigers! Tigers are winners--in sports, in school, and most importantly, in LIFE!

Contact me at malnati_peter@yahoo.com and follow me on my blog at petermalnati.blogspot.com

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