The Heart of Curling!
The United States Women's Curling Association was formed to promote and conserve the best interests and the true spirit of the game of curling. The USWCA unites women's curling clubs throughout the United States to cultivate friendly relations among its members and their clubs, to promote international friendships, to preserve the tradition and literature of the game and to hold women's curling
events each year.
The Mission: To develop, nurture and promote the sport of curling among today's women and all youth. Indeed, the USWCA is the Heart of Curling.
2013 USWCA National Bonspiel Champions from Portage, Wisconsin
Congratulations to the rink from Portage Wisconsin, the winners of the 65th National Bonspiel. The members of the team were Stacie Heberlein, skip, Sydney Schmus, vice, Sue Wehy, second, and Kayla Johnson, lead.
The 65th Annual USWCA National Bonspiel was held Feb. 13 - 17, 2013 at the Portage Curling Club in Portage, Wisconsin. Festivities kicked off on Feb. 13 with the Kit Party for the 32 participating teams from throughout the four regions of the USWCA.
The 10-end curling competition began at 7:30 AM on Feb. 14 and concluded with the eight remaining teams piped on the ice at 1 PM on Feb. 17. The banquet and annual meeting of the USWCA was held Thursday evening, and a house party at the home of Michele Kornaus, National Bonspiel on-site chairwoman, who treated participants to an "old-fashioned" Wisconsin BBQ and refreshments was held on Friday evening.
Portage Curling Club
Stacie Heberlein, Sydney Schmus, Sue Weyh, Kayla Johnson
Pam Wilson, Michele Ritters, Stephanie Martin, Julie Denten
Nancy Clancy, Pauline Davies, Julie Everett, Laura Hill
Sara Hein, Elyse Sorenson, Jenna Nelson, Kelly Smith
Marcy Calaway, Tracy Lawless, Leslie Armstrong, Anneliese Crawford
Celia Zaccard, Sharon Davidson, Nancy Wilhelm, Nancy Zolidis, Val Nehs
Martha Naber, Wendy Berger, Nancy Drischler, Marilyn Goldstien
Jeanne Borland, Leslie Cooke, Lynn Shaw, Debra Horn
Green Bay, WI Women Capture USWCA National Senior Bonspiel Championship
Mild temperatures, lots of shopping and great restaurants, visits to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - and of course, highly competitive curling - made for a memorable USWCA Senior Women's Bonspiel.
The 31st Annual Bonspiel "Jamaica Me Crazy" took place at the Mayfield Curling Club (MCC) in Cleveland (South Euclid), Ohio, Nov. 28-Dec. 2. The Mayfield Curling Club was honored to be hosting the event this year as part of the club's 50th Anniversary celebration. Twenty-four teams from across the USWCA's four regions participated.
The Ronk Rink from the Green Bay Curling Club was the champion of the bonspiel. Skipped by Karen Ronk, Janice Jennings Rhyme played third, Debra Moulton second, and Lil LaRue lead.
Opening ceremonies were held at the club on Wednesday evening with a warm welcome by Beth Forsythe, MCC Women's Curling Club President, and Georgine Welo, Mayor of South Euclid. Current USWCA President, Bridget Matzke, threw the ceremonial first rock while past presidents provided "assistance" to get the rock to the button.
Thursday evening the participants enjoyed a "beach" party in a penthouse with a beautiful view of downtown Cleveland and Lake Erie. At the banquet Friday evening everyone savored cocktails and a gourmet dinner at the charming Mayfield Sand Ridge Country Club.
Members of the Mayfield Curling Club made excellent hosts for this year's event. Dr. William Forsythe III, a Level IV USCA official, kept the four days of competition running on time and resolved rules-related issues and questions quickly.
Next year's USWCA Senior Women's Bonspiel will be held at the Itasca Curling Club in Grand Rapids, Minn. Nov. 20-24, 2013.
Congratulations to all the 2012 participants and especially to the 2012 champions from the Green Bay Curling Club. Here are the results of the 2012 Senior Women's National Bonspiel:
Green Bay Curling Club
Janice Jennings Rhyme
Cape Cod Curling Club
Winner: Coyote Curling Club
Runner-up: Cairn Lassies/St. Paul Curling Club
Ardsley Curling Club
Cleveland Skating Club II
Philadelphia Curling Club
Bonnie Spielers/St. Paul Curling Club
2012 USWCA Canadian Senior Women's Friendship Tour
An Experience of a Lifetime!
"We had a spectacular time and extremely grateful for this opportunity, and so fortunate to be in such a breathtakingly beautiful part of Canada. The British Columbia scenery was gorgeous!"
Team Members L-R: Reilly Mannery - Granite, Wendy Berger - Albany, Karen Hamilton - Columbus, Carla Lynch - Madison, Laurie Rahn - Exmoor, Molly Jensen - St. Paul, Martha Mazzarella - Bowling Green, Joan Partridge - The Country Club, Myrna MacKinnon - Arden Hill, Nancy Myers - Aksarben, Lisa McCann - Philadelphia, Susan Tortorelli - Detroit, Jackie Shuster - Chisholm, Paula Okray Kalke - Racine, Anne Vanic - Mayfield, Coco Wellington - Cape Cod
Eleven states were represented in the four teams from across the United States who competed in the 2012 USWCA - Canadian Senior Women's Friendship Tour. The teams met in Victoria on October 31st, and competed at a total of seven clubs over the next eight days. Three were on Vancouver Island, where the city of Victoria is located (Victoria, Lake Cowichan & Nanaimo Curling Clubs) and four on the mainland, in the Vancouver area (Royal City, Richmond, Cloverdale & Marpole Curling Clubs). Games were followed by a hospitality provided by the host club, and then entertainment was provided by the Friendship Tour. All games pitted the USA teams against Canadian women, with the exception of Marpole, where teams were composed of mixed American-Canadian teams -- a fitting, especially sociable conclusion to our "friendship" tour!
Upcoming USWCA Circuit Event Bonspiels
Click here for all Circuit Events under USWCA Circuit Event
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Our newest Circuit bonspiels:
the Centerville Sippy Spiel
and the Mid-Atlantic
January 17-20, 2013
"Celebrate the Northern Lights"
Rochester Curling Club
Jan. 5 & Jan. 6, 2013
Exmoor Highlander Bonspiel
January 25-27, 2013
"Birds of a Feather"
"Birds of a Feather"
February 1-3, 2013
"Queen of Hearts"
February 2-3, 2013
March 8-10, 2013
Minnesota Women Only
St. Paul, MN
Jennifer Stannard Last Season's USWCA Circuit Winner
Congratulations to Jennifer Stannard of the Nutmeg Curling Club who was 1st in the East Region and took first place nationally with 1,275 points!
Regional winners are: for the Central/West Region combined - Debra Moulton was in first place with Tracy Lawless in second both from the Exmoor Country Club. For the Wisconsin region, there was
a tie between the Mother/Daughter team of Star and Nicole Pfiffner (1,075 pts each) of the
Madison Curling Club.
The Regional winners will receive a cash prize and a campership to the Hot Shot's Curling Camp from Premier Circuit sponsor Hot Shot's Curling Camps! They will also receive a gift certificate from sponsor Broom's Up Curling Supplies. All prize monies are distributed back to the top finishers in each region: Rounding out the top three in each region: Jayne Beattie and Naida Leslie from the East, Anne Crandall and Sherry Anne Robinson from West/Central, Carol Stevenson and Kathy Hyslop from Wisconsin. Other participants in each region will receive cash awards and notification from the USWCA shortly.
Stannard, as the National Winner, will also receive the USWCA Circuit trophy donated by
Hot Shot's Curling.
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USWCA Senior National Bonspiel Intent Form Deadline: Sept. 15, 2013
Fall Meeting: Friday, Sept. 20 - Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. Host - Broomstones CC
USWCA Senior National Bonspiel: Wednesday, Nov. 20 - Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Host - Itasca CC
Winter Meeting: Monday, Feb. 10 - Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. Host - Broomstones CC
USWCA National Bonspiel: Wednesday, Feb. 12 - Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. Host - Broomstones CC
Fall Meeting Information and Forms will be posted here when they become available.
National Bonspiel Information
65th USWCA National Bonspiel
"Dazzled on Ice"
February 13 - 17th, 2013
2012 Bonspiel Champions
Madison, WI Team was the 2012 USWCA National Champion!
L to R, Skip - Lori Karst, Vice Skip - Mary Parker, Second - Dawn Nonn, Lead - Rebecca Reinhart
Lori Karst and her Team from the Madison Curling Club in Wisconsin were last season's National Champions. The 64th Annual USWCA National Bonspiel, "Rockin' on the River" was held in St. Paul, Minnesota from February 15th - February 19th.
USWCA 2013 Junior Bonspiels Announced
January 18-20, 2013
Portage Curling Club, Portage, WI
Contact Jim Shlimovitz at email@example.com
5-Year & Under Events Scheduled
The Kettle Moraine Curling Club was the first to host a 5 Year & Under event this season. Congratulations to the Stuntebeck rink from Madison on winning the 1st Event.
Applications for the 5-Year and Under Events for the Central region are posted on the 5-Year page. Curlers from other regions are invited to sign-up and participate!