The Bernie Jones Big Cup began in 1991. It was and is the original big cup tournament in the Fond du Lac area. In fact, custom metal big cups were manufactured for the event in the early 1990’s.
The golf outing was held to honor and remember avid golfer, Bernie Jones. All proceeds were put into a scholarship fund, with two scholarships awarded annually to students at the University of Wisconsin - Fond du Lac. UW-FDL was a place Bernie held near and dear to his heart. Bernie was a non-traditional student at UW-Fond du Lac and was believed to be the oldest college basketball player in the US at age 40! Upon Completion of his Bachelor’s degree at UW-Oshkosh, Bernie then served as Business Manager and Golf Coach for the UW-Fond du Lac.
The Scholarship fund has awarded over 60 scholarships. The fund is in a strong financial position to continue to assist both traditional and non-traditional attending UW-FDL for years to come, with a 2018 endowment balance of $84,330.23!!! The scholarship fund is fully funded so starting in 2020 funds from the "Bernie" will go into the Kathy and Bernie Jones Family Legacy Fund. Previous Scholarship Winners
Heading into the 31st Annual event in 2021, the Bernie Jones Big Cup is by far our longest running event! Other events have come and gone, but through it all the Bernie Jones continues to be the event that avid and novice golfers mark on their calendar as "Can't Miss." The stories from the event over the years have grown to legendary status, and many simplly can't be shared here. Find out why everyone loves this event and create your own tradition! Sign up for this year's Jones! Download the entry form here. Or register and pay for your team here.