Courtesy photo Mayor Fred Shields presents Haines Mayors Cup trophy to Ralph Swinton, with Ed Lapeyri looking on.
There was electricity in the air as the Teams started at 9 a.m. with Wings of Alaska captain Kathy Lapeyri teeing off, followed in 10 minute intervals by the Juneau team of Hage-Farrell, then the Valley of the Eagles team led by Dick Comerford, Stan Jones, Jim Studley, and Jean Smith; next was Alaska Meat and Grocery-Southeast Roadbuilders who had Ralph Swinton, Greg Brask, Andrew Rex and Ron Smith, and then the Haines All-Stars Song Nash, Tom Heywood, Carmen DeFranco, and Dan Harrington following: Ed Lapeyri had his foursome hot on their heels: Darrell Jerue from Juneau was captain of the K & L Distributors that had Joe Tompkins, Guy Tompkins and Bob Roul. Joe Tompkins was the first player at the Valley of the Eagles Golf Links to be playing while seated in a wheelchair. The AP & T foursome of Stan Selmer, Dennis Cooper, Ben Bobier and Jesse McGraw, made a good showing and won two of the major random raffle door prizes donated by K & L Distributors. The Haines Bushwhackers, a.k.a. as The Caboose finished the Adult-Co-Ed participants. Ryan Sparks, Tyler Swinton, and Justin Swinton finished 1-2-3 in the Youth Brackett. The Driving Range warm-up with all the positions filled looked like a Home Run hitting contest with contenders getting ready to compete. Alaska Air Lines donated a Round Trip for Two, anywhere in their system, for the first golfer getting a Hole in One on Hole Number Two. Alas, no winner , but a couple came close.
Special thanks goes to White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, K & L Distributors, Hotel Halsingland,
AP & T, Haines Radio Shack and Valley of the Eagles for door prizes. Tlingit Designs provided trophies. Chilkat Cruises was a major in-kind sponsor. LAB Flying Service donated in-kind transportation. Bamboo Room Restaurant served an excellent lunch meal. Chilkat Restaurant had donuts at the morning coffee break. Publicity for the tournament was assisted by the Haines Convention & Visitors Center, Chilkat Valley News, and the Capital City Weekly. King's Store was a major help to the golf committee. Stan and Kathy Jones were wonderful hosts for the tournament. The event was organized by Educational Travel & Tours-Alaska with John Venables serving as the chair.