The BIRT Cup celebrated its tenth anniversary on Friday by welcoming about 200 golfers, but while it was supposed to be the finale it will not be the last however as the Brandon University Bobcats will officially take over the tournament.
At Friday’s event, BIRT Cup founder Scott Hlady officially announced that the Brandon University Bobcats will take over hosting duties, and continue the trend of supporting local charities and individuals.
The tournament started in 2008 by Hlady, a BU hockey alum, and friends as a small summer gathering since has grown into an annual favorite. The tournament has raised money for local charities and sport organizations, all while providing the opportunity for local golf enthusiasts and sports fans to participate and have fun with members of the local sports scene.
The fact that the tournament isn’t ending but rather changing hands to something near and dear to Hlady is an exciting opportunity.
“I think it’s really exciting to know that something you started is revamping itself and going to a group that can help grow the tournament,” says Hlady.
“I spent five years in the program playing hockey for Brandon University and now my kids are developing in the local sport program, so to have the Bobcats take over to continue that tradition of what the BIRT Cup stands for and continue providing opportunities through sport is exciting to me as a community member,” Hlady continues.
The BIRT Cup stands for Basics, Integrity, Respect, and Tradition, four values Brandon University Athletics has always placed in high regard, and now the Bobcats will look to continue the tradition of excellence the BIRT Cup has created.
“We are excited to be able to continue the work of the BIRT Cup into the future,” says Russ Paddock, BU Athletic Director. “The BIRT Cup has created a legacy of giving back and being one of the most fun golf tournaments in our area. Brandon University Athletics looks forward to continue to bring the community together to support charitable sport organizations and individuals while providing participants a great day of golf and fun.”
The first Bobcat BIRT Cup will be held next summer. Further details are to be announced at a later date.