Posted on: May 12, 2005
By BRONWEN SCOTT
The Thompson Rivers University Sports Task Force, a group of 14 community members with a mandate to raise funds for scholarships for student athletes at TRU, will hold its annual golf fundraiser, the Big Kahuna/Mike Bartram Memorial Golf Tournament, on Friday June 3, 2005 at Rivershore Estates and Golf Links.
The Sports Task Force was formed in the spring of 1980 and has since raised in excess of $1,000,000, every penny of which is for the benefit of student athletes at TRU. The group has grown to the point where it currently awards approximately $45,000.00 annually to active university college athletes and student support staff.
This task has become even more challenging now that TRU has expanded its athletics programs, with men’s and women’s volleyball and basketball beginning play in the Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) league this fall.
“Now that TRU is a university and we’ve gained entry to CIS in two sports, it’s only onward and upward in my opinion,” said Sports Task Force member Pat O’Brien, who founded Cariboo College’s original athletics program in 1970. With TRU’s new status, however, he sees an increased need and role for the task force.
“We must broaden our horizons. We’re too small,” he said. “The CIS demands are huge. We’ve laid a nice foundation, but we have to expand.”
Part of the task force’s response to this increased demand is the bringing in of a premier sponsor for the golf tournament. Big Kahuna Sport Company is now title sponsor of the event, and the name of the event, formerly the Mike Bartram Memorial, has been changed to reflect this.
Other community sponsors include BMO Nesbitt Burns, Golfland, Coca-Cola, Barton Insurance Brokers, LaFarge Cement, and Kamloops Select Auto, who have joined with the Sports Task Force to make the tournament fun for golfers of every level.
The event will be held beginning at noon of June 3rd, with a shotgun start at 1:00 pm and a windup dinner and prizes when it’s all over. Entry fee is $115 per person, and those who want more information or wish to register may call Janet Cook at 828-5009 or Kelly Shantz at 851-8227.