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Soccer, golf, rugby on weekend sports schedule

Don’t want to watch college football or high school sports this weekend? Don’t care about the baseball playoffs or the NFL?

But you want to get outside in this beautiful weather and see something different?

There are plenty of options.

Soccer

Start with La Copa De Alvarez, an adult soccer tournament at the Road 36 soccer fields in Pasco behind Golfland.

There are 16 Northwest teams competing, with four from the Tri-Cities, including Alianza and Pasco Soccer League champion Manzanillo.

The big draw here is a $15,000 first-place prize for the tournament champion.

The tournament is sponsored by Tri-City area businesses Alvarez Auto Sales and Supermex El Pueblo Market.

Pool-play matches begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and run until about 5 p.m.

The top teams in pool play will come back Sunday and play in quarterfinal and semifinal matches. The final two teams will play for the title at Lampson Stadium in Kennewick at 4 p.m. Oct. 25.

Danny Perez, who is helping run the tournament, said Alvarez Auto Sales owner Sergio Alvarez has agreed to hold the tournament at this time next year.

“We do it now because all of the adult leagues in the Northwest are done around now, and we want the best teams to show up,” Perez said.

Golf

We’re halfway through the 2015 Budweiser Tri-City Invitational golf tournament at West Richland Golf Course.

The tournament is known for paying $10,000 to the winner, a nice draw that brings in some of the better professionals and amateurs from the Northwest. The purse is estimated to be $35,000.

Some of the golfers in this year’s tournament include PGA Tour pro Troy Kelly, who was 219th in the FedExCup rankings last season; Chris Williams, at one time the top-ranked amateur in the world; former Hanford High School and Oregon State University golfer Alex Moore; standout local pro Jason Aichele; and a number of Canadian Tour players.

“We invite people to come out and watch them play,” said Michelle Marcum, who owns West Richland Golf Course.

Ryan Dahl, the head pro at Horn Rapids Golf Course in Richland, won the long-drive contest.

Players will get another round in Saturday, with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. and another one at 12:30 p.m. The cut will then take place for Sunday’s final round, which will be a shotgun start at 10 a.m.

Rugby

The Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference 7’s qualifier will be held Saturday and Sunday in Ellensburg, and WSU Tri-Cities is one of 12 teams in the tournament.

WSU Tri-Cities, in its second season of collegiate club rugby, won the Northwest Cup 7’s tournament last weekend in Bend, Ore., knocking off favorite Central Oregon 27-5 to earn a spot in this weekend’s tournament.

Captain and player coach Mike Stiekema leads the Tri-City crew.

Each squad will play three pool-play matches Saturday, with the top teams advancing to Sunday’s Cup Round.

Joining WSU Tri-Cities in Pool A are host Central Washington, Boise State and Idaho State. In Pool B are Western Washington, Gonzaga, Oregon and Western Oregon. Pool C is Washington State, Washington, Oregon State and Eastern Washington.

The Tri-City Cougars play against Central at 10 a.m., Boise State at 1 p.m. and Idaho State at 2 p.m.

Jeff Morrow: 509-582-1508; jmorrow@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @morrow_jeff

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