PUBLISHED: 4:20 PM on Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Haines Mayors Cup won by Alaska Meat and Grocery
The Bald Eagle Golf Classic has been won by the Alaska Meat and Grocery-Southeast Roadbuilders foursome in a close match by one stroke. Ralph Swinton, Team Captain received the Haines Mayors Cup Saturday afternoon from Haines Mayor Fred Shields at the Valley of the Eagles Golf Links. Several businesses that have Life Membership in the American Bald Eagle Foundation came together at the Valley of the Eagles Golf Links to stave off challenges from foursomes from Juneau and Skagway, with some players from Arizona and Utah attempting to win the Haines Mayors cup.

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  Mayor Fred Shields presents Haines Mayors Cup trophy to Ralph Swinton, with Ed Lapeyri looking on.
Haines golfers succeeded in keeping the Cup in Haines territory. The event was a fund raiser that resulted in a donation to the American Bald Eagle Foundation to award an Honorary Life Membership to Jim Shook, current president of the local board of ABEF, who has donated thousands of community service hours. Jim received his personalized-embroidered Life membership jacket on Saturday at the Valley of the Eagles Golf Links Awards ceremony.

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.

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  The Mayors Cup golf tournament was a fund-raiser to recognize Jim Shook with a Honorary Life Membership in the American Bald Eagle Foundation. From left: Stan Jones, owner of the Valley of the Eagles Golf Links, Ed Lapeyri, owner of Captains Choice Motel, long time Life Member of the American Bald Eagle Foundation, Haines Mayor Fred Shields, Jim Shook, Julie Shook and John Venables golf event chair.
Song Nash won the Low Men's score, second men's low score was Dan Harrington, and third place was Tom Heywood. Kathy Lapeyri won the Low Ladies score with Jean Smith in second. Men's closest to the Pin was Andrew Rex and Jean Smith was the winner of Ladies Closest to the Pin. Kathy Lapeyri won again with Ladies Longest Drive and Andrew Rex was Men's Longest Drive winner. Dave Canipe, who operates the Golf Teaching Clinics at Valley of the Eagles Golf Links served as the Beat the Pro and three of the players managed to beat him on Hole #8. Dave was of great help in many of areas of event planning, including making the beautiful T-Box and Greens Flags for the man-y sponsors. Dave donated a door prize of Free Golf Lessons for the Haines Bushwhackers, who had the highest score.

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.