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COLLEGE CURLING College curlers begin 2019 championship quest

National Tournament set for March 8-10

By Gordon Maclean, Chairman, College Curling Committee

championship title and the calendar of College Curling Qualifying Events is already bursting. Fourteen college bonspiels are scheduled for this year as classes begin. T e fi rst events of the sea- son take place the weekend of Oct. 19-21 in Green Bay and Philadelphia. Schools earn points by competing in and win-


ning at these bonspiels and other smaller events that usually pit one school against another. T e 16 schools with the most points on Feb. 10, 2019, will receive an invitation to the 2019 USA Curl- ing College Championship,

to be held at the Broomstones Curling Club in Wayland, Mass., // IN MEMORIAM

By Jennifer Stannard, USWCA Donna Burns Purkey

Donna Purkey passed away on Aug. 5, 2018,

aſt er a long illness.An active curler and represen- tative of the sport, she served as the president of the United States Women’s Curling Association from 1994-95. Donna remained active in the USWCA

through 2016 in a number of capacities – captain of the 1996 USWCA Tour to Scotland, liaison to the USCA 1999-2005, vice skip on the 2000 USA team for the WCF ‘pilot’ Senior Women’s World Championship in Scotland, and team courier for the incoming Scots Tour in 2001. Donna’s on- ice accomplishments included: 1982 women’s national champion; 2002, 2007 and 2008 U.S. senior women’s national champion; and bronze medalist at the 2002 and 2007 World Senior Women's Championship. She was very active in each and every club

she belonged to – instructing, taking teams to bonspiels and serving on the board. Indian Hill,

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Chicago, Nutmeg, Ardsley, and Coyotes curling clubs all benefi tted from her vast array of talents and generosity. Still, with all that, it does not encompass the

true Spirit of Curling that was Donna Purkey. Always up for a new adventure, always thinking of how to improve and spread the sport – there was no one who gave more of herself to curling. Beloved in the USA, Canada and Scotland, there were few clubs where people did not know and ask aſt er Donna. Her competitive spirit was a bright star and though she was always smiling, she gave no quarter in a competition. Many are the stories of Donna’s antics – and she would laugh at the retelling. Donna fought a long and valiant battle and

our hearts and prayers go out to her family – Hal, Michael and David. She will be greatly missed by curlers around the globe but, most especially at the USWCA where Donna truly exemplifi ed the ‘Heart of Curling.’ Hal has asked that memorial donations be sent to the USWCA ( Q

s the new school year begins, the Uni- versity of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is looking to defend it’s 2018 college

March 8-10. T ere have been a couple signifi cant rules

changes this year from the past. T e age limit for participation has been removed and the credit load to be eligible has been increased. Students may now be of any age but must be full-time stu- dents. T is brings curling in line with the club sports requirements at most colleges and univer- sities. Also on this autumn’s schedule is a pre- sentation that will take place at the 2019 USCA Members’ Assembly. T e talk, titled “College Curling: Starting, Growing, and Maintaining a Program,” is open to all registrants and will start at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. T e 2018 USCA Mem- bers’ Assembly will take place in Albany, N.Y., and is open to all USCA members. If you have any questions about starting a col-

lege curling program at your school, feel free to contact me at T e full schedule of college bonspiels and

other information about the USA Curling Col- lege Championship may be found on our website

// EIGHT-ENDERS Four Seasons

Back in March of 2016, the Isdahl rink scored

an eight-ender at the Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine, Minn., during league play versus the Coon Rapids Fire Department Team. T e eight- ender occurred during the fi rst end (with the hammer). Team members included Darwin Is- dahl, Gary Kohnert, Joanne Isdahl, and Patrick Maiers.

Milwaukee On March 20, 2017, the Blizzard rink laid an

eight-ender during league play at the Milwau- kee (Wis.) Curling Club. Team members include Fred Blizzard, Kevin Moran, Kyle Huebner, and Jason Stenz.

Philadelphia T e Dudt rink, curling out of Philadelphia

Curling Club, scored an eight-ender at the Bucks County Curling Club (PA) on June 23, 2018, dur- ing the His & Hers Bonspiel. Team members in- clude Daniel Dudt, Brian Dudt, Bryan Beck, and Dan Cooper. Do you have eight-ender results to report?

Once verifi ed, those achieving this great success will receive an eight-ender patch. If you have questions or want to learn more,

reach out to Shane Stein at the USCA at shane.

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