Milaina Wright has been appointed the position of tournament director for the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.
Wright will oversee the the LPGA Tour event, which will be held in Cambridge, Ont., next year, beginning August 5th.
“We are thrilled to have Milaina join our team,” said Gene Hallman, president and CEO of the Bruno Event Team in a release.
“We worked with Sports Properties International to find the perfect candidate to lead the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic team for us as the event transitions to Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge,” said Hallman.
Since the tournament’s inception in 2011, Ontario-based Sports Properties International hired Bruno Event Team to manage all aspects of the LPGA tournament, including marketing, sales, operations, volunteer coordination, sponsor and player relations and logistics.
“We couldn’t be happier to bring Milaina on board. She brings a wealth of industry knowledge and experience to an already successful tournament, and we know she will be a great fit for this community and for this event,” said Hallman.
Wright replaces Richard Kuypers, who has moved on to a position with Molson after serving as tournament director the past three years.
Wright spent seven years with Golf Canada, most recently in the role of manager of professional championships, play a role in conducting the RBC Canadian Open and what is now the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open.
She was involved in various aspects of tournament operations, sponsorships, volunteer recruitment and player relations.
Wright has also worked for the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, carrying out the Canadian Anti-Doping Program at national and international competitions, including the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
A graduate of both Colgate University (Bachelor of Arts) and Brock University (Master of Art in Applied Health Sciences), Wright is a former women’s collegiate basketball player.
“I’m delighted to join Bruno Event Team and start working on this exciting event,” stated Wright.
“I look forward to working with Sports Properties International and an incredible title sponsor, Manulife. I know it will be fulfilling to work on such a great event, which is so well supported and celebrated by the community,” she said.
The 2015 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic will take place June 3-7, at its new home Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge.