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Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic

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Doyon Foundation established the Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic in honor of the late Morris Thompson, an avid supporter of education who served as the president/CEO of Doyon, Limited from 1985 until his passing in 2000. Read more about Morris.

The event raises money for Doyon Foundation’s Morris Thompson competitive scholarships, which are awarded to students who exhibit Morris’ most-admirable qualities, including vision, dedication to excellence, exemplary leadership and integrity. Since inception of the event, the Foundation has awarded 183 Morris Thompson Memorial competitive scholarships totaling $428,180.

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18th Annual Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic

June 21 – 22, 2018

Doyon Foundation and Doyon, Limited are excited to announce the upcoming 18th annual Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic. The annual golf classic, supporting the Foundation’s competitive scholarship program, will take place Thursday and Friday,
June 21 – 22, 2018, at the Chena Bend Golf Course in Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

The theme of this year’s golf classic is “Hitting the Green for Greatness.” View our event brochure or find event details below. For more information regarding registration or sponsorship, please email golf@doyon.com or call 459.2000 (in Fairbanks) or 888.478.4755 (toll-free).


$300/player (includes all events) and $500/team to create your own team.


Each player will receive gifts and a chance to win cash prizes and round-trip tickets on Alaska Airlines.


This year, the tournament will host 28 teams, which will be chosen at random within handicaps A, B, C and D. Those who would like to choose their own teams will be charged a fee. Handicaps are as followed:

A = 0-13
B = 14-20
C = 21-28
D = 29 and above (max 32)

We request a GHIN card or proof of player handicap.


A special rate at the Bear Lodge is offered at $129/night + bed tax for double occupancy ($10 per additional guest). Rate available during classic dates only. For reservations, call 907-458-6121 and use discount code: MTGLF18.



10 a.m.

Registration at Chena Bend Golf Course

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Skills tournament warm-up


Complete day at golf course with lunch

6 p.m.

Reception & Calcutta at Wedgewood Resort

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018

7:30 a.m.

Grab ‘N’ Go Breakfast at golf course

8 a.m.

Shotgun start at golf course

*1 - 2 p.m.

Complete classic with banquet at golf course

*Time depending on when golfers finish


2018 Sponsors

2017 – 2018 Scholarship Recipients

Last year’s event raised $103,097 for the Morris Thompson competitive scholarship fund. With the support of our generous golfers and sponsors, the following students were awarded scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $9,000:

Jasmine Gilpin
Justin Woods
Jacy Hutchinson
Shawna Hildebrand
Selina Sam
Julian Thibedeau
Cheyenne Swanger

More Information

For information on how you can get involved as a sponsor, email golf@doyon.com or call 907.459.2098.

Past Events

Read more about the 2017 golf classic.

Read more about the 2016 golf classic.

Read more about the 2015 golf classic.

About Morris Thompson

Morris Thompson, the son of Warren Thompson from Indiana and Alice (Grant) Thompson from Tanana, dedicated his life to Alaska Native issues and its people. A Koyukon Athabascan, Morris was born and raised in Tanana, Alaska and is now laid to rest in his home village.

Morris was one of Alaska’s most prominent business leaders. He was the youngest commissioner of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and held leadership positions in both the Alaska Federation of Natives and Commonwealth North, as well as a cabinet position in the Hickel Administration. In 1985, he took over the helm of Doyon, Limited as president and CEO until 2000, leading the corporation to become one of the most profitable and stable Alaska Native corporations it is today.

Native leader, corporate leader, political leader - he was all of these. But his essence was that of a family man, loving and always united with his wife, Thelma, their three daughters and grandchildren. “Big,” his nickname from an early age, will always be cherished by his family and friends.

Morris traveled the world, from villages to Washington, D.C. But he never forgot where he came from. He always referred to himself as “just another boy from Tanana.” He used his wit, values and wisdom to heal, unite and lead. His lifelong commitment to bringing all Alaskans together in progress and prosperity made him a true bridge between cultures.