of the Chicago Curling Club. Te new facility would supplement curling at the other Illinois clubs and a league, with teams from each club. Competitive Curling

Freytag was a strong competitive curler. He won the Exmoor Men’s Club

Championship four times from 1945 to 1957. He competed successfully in curling bonspiels throughout the United States and in Canada. Freytag especially loved playing in the Quebec International Bonspiel, where his regular teammates included other Exmoor members, including Warren Pe- terson, Sr. and Horace Vaile. Freytag was a keen student of curling and an excellent coach to world-

class competitive teams. He was the coach of the Bud Somerville rink of Su- perior, Wis., (which also included Bill Strum, Al Gagne, and Tom Wright). Tis team won the World Men’s Curling Championship in 1965. It was the first American team to win this award. Ironically, an Exmoor rink representing Illinois, skipped by Bob Warner,

lost to Somerville in the finals of the United States Curling Championships that year. Somerville’s team was inducted into the USCA Hall of Fame in 1994, and into the World Curling Hall of Fame in 2001. In 1945, Freytag upset Canadian Ken Watson in the St. Paul, MN Men’s

Bonspiel. Watson was the first person inducted into the World Curling Hall of Fame, and was then one of the highest-ranking curlers in the world. Freytag was several times Chairman of the Illinois State Playdowns

Committee. At that time, the Chicago Tribune was a major sponsor of curl- ing. It reported the results of the curling playdown competitions daily. A Strong Personal Life

Elmer and his first wife, Mary Louise (MaryLou) had three children.

MaryLou was an ardent curler. She served as president of the United States Women’s Curling Association (USWCA) in 1957-58. Only two other Exmoor women have served in this role - Ann Ferguson

Brown (1986-87) and Georgia West (1998-99). Both subsequently served as a USCA President. Brown was inducted into the United States Curling Hall of Fame in 1993. Both Elmer and MaryLou were heavily involved in community and char-

itable organizations. Tey believed strongly in helping people, and building stronger communities. Freytag’s and his family had very strong ties to Chicago’s North Shore

communities. Te family originally lived on Green Bay Road in High- land Park. Tey moved in 1950 to 700 N. Green Bay Road in Lake Forest. Blanche moved to Winnetka almost 30 years later, following Elmer’s death. Teir first son Richard, a Son of the American Revolution (SAR), served

in the U.S. Air Force and then had a distinguished business career with Cit- icorp. He attended Lake Forest Academy, Trinity College, Harvard Business School, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Richard remained in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and retired as a Major General in 1993. He died in 2005, at the age of 71. Teir daughter Dorothy (Dotti) Beck von Peccoz Howe attended Ferry

Hall (later merged into Lake Forest Academy) and Wells College. She had a wonderful career as an actress, supporter of the arts and community or- ganizations, and volunteer for the Lake Forest Academy. She received the 2013 Ferry Hall Woman of Distinction award. Teir second son, Donald, also a SAR, attended Lake Forest Academy,

Yale, and Harvard Business School. He was a senior officer and Board mem- ber of many corporations, a philanthropist, and a parachute intelligence officer with the 18th Airborne Corps. None of Freytag’s children were curlers. MaryLou died at 56 in 1962. El-

mer remarried to a non-curler, Blanche Nanini, in 1966. Tey were married until his death in 1976. She died in 2005, at age 86. Q

Team USA Awards presented by Dow, the United States Olympic Commit- tee announced on May 8. Reed was crowned the Masters champion in a tight competition in Au-


gusta, Georgia. Te 2016 Olympian needed a two-putt finish for the win and sunk the shot to edge fellow Olympian Rickie Fowler by one stroke. Reed finished with a 15-under 273 aſter his final-round 71 to take home the green jacket. Te victory marked his first major title, making him the first American to win the Masters since Jordan Spieth took the crown in 2015. Linden made history at the Boston Marathon, becoming the first Ameri-

can woman to win the race in 33 years. Te two-time Olympian battled brutal weather conditions with heavy rain, chilly temperatures and gusting winds to cross the finish line in 2:39:54. Aſter finishing second by just two seconds in 2011, Linden clinched her first major marathon title in Boston, besting the field by more than five minutes. She is the first U.S. woman to accomplish the feat since Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach claimed the title in 1985. In another historic event in April, the Jamie Sinclair rink became the first

American curling team to win a Grand Slam of Curling event, winning the 2018 Players’ Championship in Ontario. Te U.S. team of Sinclair (St. Paul, Minnesota), Alex Carlson (St. Paul, Minnesota), Vicky Persinger (Fair- banks, Alaska) and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minnesota) defeated Canada’s Jennifer Jones rink, which had been riding a 27-game win streak aſter win- ning the Women’s World Championship title in March. Aſter topping the Canadians, 7-2, Team USA finished the tournament with 6-2 record, im- proving to a No. 6 world ranking. Q

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tandout performances during April earned golfer Patrick Reed (Spring, Texas), marathoner Desiree Linden (Chula Vista, Califor- nia) and Jamie Sinclair’s curling rink Best of April honors for the

Sinclair rink honored by USOC

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