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Using his “Golf Digest exercises”, Gary Hanson gets in the Zen zone just before the start of his round. Andrew Cremata photos

Skagway golfers take second straight WHI/SKY Cup title

Could it be the start of the greatest turnaround of all times – possibly on par with the American League’s recent domination of the NL after years of humiliation from the senior circuit?
Well, that’s a different game, but the Skagway golf team was dreaming of big things Saturday night after coming from behind for the second straight year to win the WHI/SKY Cup over its Whitehorse linksmates.
The teams started off with a best-ball round on Friday, pairing Skagway players against the best Whitehorse can throw at them. After the opening round, the Yukoners were up 9-3 on the Mountain View course.
However, under the WHI/SKY rules developed by captains Mitch Snyder of Skagway and Gary Acorn of Whitehorse, when the scores come in, they are then matched up with like players from the other side. And the weaker player gets a handicap for the next day’s head-to-head competition. In some cases, the Whitehorse players were giving away 18 strokes per round, a stroke a hole, to their American opponents on Saturday.
Several Skagway players took advantage, and scored well enough to win. On the final day, Skagway players prevailed in match play, 18-6, for a final two-day team score of 21-15.

Jim Sager tees off on the first day of the Whiskey Cup.

It was just the fourth win for the Skagway team in 16 years, and the only back-to back victory.
“This is our first winning streak!” yelled one of the Skagway team members. The American raised their beers, and the Yukoners groaned. But it was all in great fun, as usual.
But one glass was missing.
This year, the entire WHI/SKY Cup tournament was dedicated to Frankie King, a long-time Yukon golfer with a great sense of humor, who died last year. Golfers on both sides sported hats in honor of “Sonny” and toasted him at the beginning and end of the tournament. – The “Governor”


The champs show off their muscles after taking the B trophy at Dust Ball. Photos by Rori Leaverton

Chico’s takes the B at Dust Ball Tourney
WP&YR women fall in tough final

Two Skagway teams made it to the finals of the B Division in the annual Dust Ball tournament in Whitehorse last weekend, and one local team prevailed.
Chico’s Bail Bonds (a.k.a. The Plumbers), an all-star team of men from various Skagway coed teams, defeated the Juneau Rounders in the men’s B division title game, 29-18.
Shortstop Mark Jennings said the Skagway team averaged 20 runs a game.
“We were really hitting the ball,” Jennings said. “When you put Mitchell (Snyder) and Jed (Greenstreet) back-to-back, it’s a hell of a combination ... we kind of set a trap for them.”
Jennings said they lost only one game the entire weekend, falling 12-11 to the Rounders on Friday night. They won another game early Saturday morning for the right to play a rematch with the Rounders in the title game.
Everyone hit the ball well in the championship, Jennings said. “Mitchell had a grand slam in the final, so they intentionally walked him the next time, and then Jed hit one out.”
It was the first Skagway win in a men’s final at Dust Ball in about 10 years, “since Robert Murphy owned Southeast Tours (a winner in the 90s).”
Skagway almost brought home two championship trophies this year.

TOUGH OUTS – Savannah Ames, Andrea Benner, Cassandra Simpson, and Shanna Vetter show their game faces for the championship Sunday.

In the women’s B division final, the White Pass team from Skagway lost by one run to the Whitehorse Co-operators. Team member Cindy O’Daniel said it was a disappointing loss for the local women, who had defeated the Co-operators in an earlier round.
The Skagway Coed League regular season wraps up next week, and the league championship tournament is scheduled for Aug. 3-4.


Nate Jennings gobbles up his pre-game meal from Tim Horton’s.