“The Buc Open is huge,” said Buccaneers’ athletic director Robin Bye following Friday’s Buc Open. “It provides scholarship opportunities for kids. All the money we make goes to the kids, or professional development for our coaches.”
Some of the money made from the golf outing also go toward the Gene Rothi Endowment Fund, which has given out around $35,000 over the past seven years.
“We also help our middle school sports and some of our other lower-level sports,” Bye said. “Our budget is getting more and more scarce, and we’ve been able to sustain all of our programs. It’s very evident all the community sport, with teams that have played this event for 15-20 years, and what’s really neat is we have athletes who benefitted from it who are coming back to play.”