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USWCA Calendar

International Events

Friendship Tour: Outgoing November 5 - 16, 2018

Scots Tour: Incoming January 2021 

National Events

USA Curling/USWCA 5 and Under National Bonspiel: Friday, February 22 - Sunday, February 24, 2019.  Host - Duluth CC.

Fall Meeting: Friday, September 13 - Sunday, September 15, 2019.  Host - Granite CC.

USWCA Super Senior Event: Wednesday, November 20, 2019.  Host - Albany CC.

USWCA Senior National Bonspiel: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - Sunday, November 24, 2019.  Host - Albany CC. 

Winter Meeting: Monday, February 17 - Thursday, February 20, 2020.  Host - Granite CC.

USWCA National Bonspiel: Wednesday, February 19 - Sunday, February 23, 2020.  Host - Granite CC.

Regional Events

Junior Bonspiels:

  • East: November 9 - 11, 2018, Host - The Country Club.
  • Central: November 2 - 4, 2018, Host - Eau Claire CC.
  • West: January 26 - 27, 2019, Host Granite CC.

5 Year and Under Bonspiels:

  • East: Open, October 27 - 28, 2018.  Host - Rochester CC.
  • Central: Open, February 8 -9, 2019.  Host - Columbus CC.
  • Wisconsin: Women's, January 4 - 6, 2019.  Host - Racine CC.
  • Wisconsin: Open, February 15 - 17, 2019.  Host - Rice Lake CC.
  • West I: Open, February 22 - 24, 2019. Host - Hibbing CC.
  • West II: Open, October 26 - 28, 2018.  Host - Coyotes CC.

Local Events

All-American Bonspiels:

  • All Regions: Please speak with your club's representative to get the dates and times the event will be held at your club.

Circuit Bonspiels:

Fall Meeting

The Fall Meeting will be hosted by the Granite CC and held September 13 - 15, 2019 in Seattle, WA, at the Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Pioneer Square.  The host hotel is accepting reservations at the group rate through August 13, 2019.  You can make reservation by clicking this link. Bookings fill up quickly for non-reserved hotel rooms in Seattle.  Although the hotel will accept reservations through August 13, if we have more attendees than expected, booking early means they will not run out of "extra" rooms beyond those reserved for the meeting.  The negotiated meeting rate of $207 (double occupancy, 2 beds) or $187 (single occupancy, 1 king bed), includes a breakfast voucher.  To book up to 3 days before or after the meeting dates at the same rate, contact Catering, Sales, and Event Manager, Alexandra O'Connor directly - Ali.Oconnor@marriott.com or 206-676-3714.

The links to meeting information will be activated below when they become available later this summer.

5-Year & Under Events Scheduled

5 Year and Under PinEast: October 27 - 28, 2018, Rochester Curling Club, Open

West II: October 26 - 28, 2018, Coyotes Curling Club, Open

Wisconsin: January 4 - 6, 2019, Racine Curling Club, Women's

Central: February 8 - 9, 2019, Columbus Curling Club, Open

Wisconsin: February 15 - 17, 2019, Rice Lake Curling Club, Open

West I: February 22 - 24, 2019, Hibbing Curling Club, Open

 

The goal of these events is to give newer curlers a chance to participate in bonspiels, meet other new curlers, and play positions they normally would not play.  Curlers will feel less concern about attending regular bonspiels after they have played against others with the same level of experience.
 
All curlers with five or less years of experience are eligible to participate.
 
For more information and applications for the 5-Year and Under events, click on this link to the 5 Year and Under Page page.  

Junior Bonspiel Schedule


Junior Bonspiel Pin
 
WEST REGION:

January 26 - 27, 2019, Host - Granite CC in Seattle, WA.

CENTRAL REGION:

November 2 - 4, 2018, Host - Eau Claire, WI.

EAST REGION:

November 9 - 11, 2018, The Country Club in Brookline, MA
 
Information will be posted as it becomes available.  
 
To see the current and last season's results, please check our Junior Bonspiel page.

All-American

All-American PinThe All-American is an inner-club event held during the curling season by member clubs throughout the United States.  The USWCA provides beautiful pins to each member club for the event. 

This event was designed to encourage the involvement of women - especially new and less experienced women curlers - so they may have a bonspiel experience within their own clubs.

For more information about the All-American, click on this link to the All-American page.

Senior Women's National Bonspiel And Super Senior Fun Day Information

Senior National Pin38th USWCA Senior Women's National Bonspiel "A New York State of Mind" November 20 - 24, 2019

The 38th USWCA Senior Women's National Bonspiel will be held in Albany, New York at the Albany Curling Club November 20 - 24, 2019. Entries are due by September 6, 2019 and teams will be drawn.  The host hotel will be The Desmond in Albany, NY.  For information on this event, please go to the  Senior Women's Bonspiel 2019 page. 

Save the date for these future USWCA Senior National Bonspiels:

November 11 - 15, 2020, Host - Columbus CC

December 1 - 5, 2021, Host - Denver CC 

Dates TBD 2022, Host - Racine CC

Dates TBD 2023, Host - Nashua CC

3rd Annual Super Senior Fun Day November 20, 2019

Once again, this bonus event, Super Senior Fun Day, has been added for curlers 65 years of age or older.  Please go to the Senior Women's Bonspiel 2019 page for information. 

Winter Meeting

The Winter Meeting was held February 11 - 14, 2019, in Northbrook, IL hosted by the Chicago and Bowling Green Curling Clubs.  The Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel was the host hotel.  

Links to meeting information for the 2019 Winter meeting were listed below as they became available.

Next year's Winter Meeting will be held February 17 - 20, 2020 in Seattle and hosted by the Granite CC.  Save the date.

National Bonspiel Information

72st USWCA Women's National Bonspiel "Experience Seattle" February 19 - 23, 2020 

The 72st USWCA National Bonspiel will be held at the Granite Curling Club in Seattle, Washington.  The host hotel will be announced at a later date.  More information about the bonspiel will be made available in mid September.  Click to go to the National Bonspiel 2020 page. 

Save the date for this future USWCA National Bonspiel:

February 17 - 21, 2021, Host - Madison CC

Online Store - USWCA Merchandise

             

Pins and stationery available from the USWCA Store.  Check it out.  

         

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.  

If you would like an informational brochure, a full color brochure suitable for printing is available for download here.  

Summer Message from the USWCA President

(June 24, 2019) By Karen Brattesani, USWCA President  

As I step into the role as president of the United States Women's Curling Association (USWCA), I thank my predecessors Martha Mazzarella and Past President Dawn Gutro for their service to the organization and their wise counsel.   I also welcome elected officers: First Vice President Beth Lepping, Second Vice President Naida Leslie, Secretary Diana Hoffman, Treasurer Tracy Lawless, and Comptroller Lisa Johnson.

I can't help thinking back to the all-girls' high school I attended in Oakland, Calif.  Our teachers encouraged young women to participate in school activities, but the vary structure of the high school also meant that women filled all the leadership roles.  And so, we became leaders.  We organized our student government, sports, social activism, ethnic and foreign language groups, art and poetry journal, and the yearbook.

Since then, I have gravitated toward women's organizations and, in the USWCA, have rediscovered my enthusiasm for these places where women lead, and where women together carry out the work.  For more than 70 years, the USWCA has encouraged such involvement, leadership, mentorship, and development of women in curling.  I have selected five goals to work on during the next two years:

  • Encourage USWCA communication directly with its members.
  • Share our collective experience among clubs.
  • Support organizational transparency.
  • Support women working toward equal treatment at their clubs.
  • Foster cooperation and joint initiatives with USA Curling.

I invite you to contact me with an idea, a pet project, a program, or advice, for supporting our mission: to develop, nurture, and promote the sport of curling among today's women and all youth.

2019 USWCA National Bonspiel Is Complete

(February 20, 2019)  The 71st Annual USWCA National Women's Bonspiel, "Sweet Home Chicago", was held at the Chicago Curling Club in Northbrook, Illinois, February 14 - 17, 2019.  Congratulations to the Horn team from Mayfield Curling Club in South Euclid, Ohio, the winners of the First Event.  The team members, pictured above left to right, were skip Debra Horn,vice Irina Khusid, second Sue Frankel, and lead Courtney Schmidt.  The field of 32 teams began their competition early Thursday morning and the finals finished mid afternoon on Sunday.  

For more results and other information, please go to the National Women's Bonspiel 2019 page.    

Winter Message from the USWCA President

(January 14, 2019) by Martha Mazzarella, USWCA President

Happy New Year!  It's a few weeks into 2019 and the latest show storm.  I hope you are enjoying one, if not both, of them.  I am looking forward to February and the USWCA's 71st Winter and Annual Meetings and National Bonspiel in Chicago supported by the Chicago Curing Club.  Many, many thanks for the time and energy spent on organizing these events from Julie Denten (meeting planner), Susan Bennett (bonspiel chair), and Joby Berman (bonspiel co-chair).  Executives, committee chairs and representatives will gather from all over the country.  Mid-February in Chicago will be a great time to renew friendships and form new ones.  I hope to see many of you soon.  In the meantime, good curling!

5 and Under National Championship Bonspiel Announced

(December 4, 2018)  Great News for 5 and Under Curlers!  The USWCA and USA Curling have joined together with John Shuster to sponsor the USA Curling 5 and Under National Championship Bonspiel.  John Shuster, 2018 winner of the first ever Olympic gold medal for the United States, has teamed up with the USWCA and USA Curling to bring together the best and most enthusiastic new curlers from across the nation to compete at the Duluth Curling Club, February 22 - 24, 2019.  It is only fitting that this bonspiel should get its start at the club that inspired John to fulfill his Olympic dream.  Winners of USWCA sponsored or Regional (i.e. GNCC, MoPac) 5 and Under events held in 2017 or 2018 are guarantee a spot if they are within the first 32 teams to apply by January 1, 2019.  For the other admission criteria and more information, go to the official 5 and Under Nationals web page to download the eligibility rules and application form. 

2018 USWCA Sr. Women's National Bonspiel

(Updated December 4, 2018) 

The 37th USWCA Senior Women's National Bonspiel was held November 28 - December 2, 2018 at the Centerville Curling Club in Galesville, WI.  The 32 teams from around the country 'Curled The Driftless'.  Congratulations to the Pielage team from Madison, WI who were the winners of the event.  The team, pictured left to right below, consisted of skip Kathy Pielage, vice Clarion Gilbertson, second Dae Jean Jahnke, and lead Judi Page.  The 2nd Super Senior Fun Day was scheduled for November 28, 2018 and 2 draws were held before the Sr. Women's National Kit Party took place Wednesday evening.  

Go to the Sr. Nat'l Bonspiel 2018 page for more information.                                             

The Senior Friendship Tour 2018

(November 18, 2018)  On November 4, the 16 members of the Senior Friendship Tour met in Boston to begin their tour.  

The ladies finished their tour on November 16 and returned to Boston.  It was a wonderful trip.  Use #USWCAFriendship2018 to find their postings on most social media and @heartofcurling to find them on Twitter.  Or go to the Daily Report page to read about all of their adventures.

Second Annual Super Senior Fun Day 2018

(September 16, 2018)  A bonus event, Super Senior Fun Day, is again being offered with this year's USWCA Senior Women's National Bonspiel.  The event will be hosted by the Centerville Curling Club and space is still available.  But entries must be submitted by the deadline of November 10, 2018. This is not a USWCA national event but ladies 65 years and older, by December 31, 2018, are invited to a day of friendship and fun.  You do not have to be playing in the Senior Women's National Bonspiel to participate and you can play in both.  Enter as an individual and teams will be compiled just before the event.  To learn more,  see  the event entry form.   

Summer Message from the USWCA President


(June 15, 2018) by Martha Mazzarella

Well, summer has finally made it to the Midwest.  Not only do I want to welcome summer, but I also want to welcome all of you to the exciting 71st year of the USWCA celebrating and encouraging women's curling across the United States.  I am honored and humbled to be your President this year - our organization is simply amazing!

Thank you for your faith in me and the governing body of the USWCA.  YOU are the USWCA.  It is your participation, your strengths and your energy that make it so successful and will give us an even more amazing future.  We have lots of issues to deal with; and I look forward to working with all of you, the club members the club representatives, the committee chairs, and the officers.

We have many events on our 2018 - 2019 calendar.  Not only do we have our scheduled USWCA Senior and National Bonspiels and our Five and Under Bonspiels, but in November sixteen of our members will be traveling to Canada to participate in the Senior Canadian Friendship Tour.  Congratulations ladies!

Please become acquainted with this USWCA website.  It reflects many hours of work and is an excellent reference guide for new and continuing club representatives, committee chairs and members, and officers.  Included are listings of elected officers, scheduled bonspiels, Responsibilities of a Representative, standing and ad hoc committees, Representatives' Liaisons, and member clubs, along with contact information.  I hope this information is as useful to each of you as it has been to me.

2018 USWCA National Bonspiel Is Complete

(February 24, 2018)  The 70th USWCA National Women's Bonspiel, "Goin' to Carolina", was held at the Triangle Curling Club in Durham, North Carolina, February 15 - 18, 2018.  Congratulations to the Longnecker rink from the Cape Cod Curling Club in Falmouth, Massachusetts, the winners of the First Event.  The team members, pictured here right to left, were lead Francesca Delle Femine, second Marinna Martini, vice Gabriele Bruce, and skip Krista Longnecker.  The team was presented their trophy by USWCA President Dawn Gutro, pictured here in red.  The field of 32 teams began their competition bright and early Thursday morning and the 8 teams in the finals finished mid afternoon Sunday.  For more results and other information, please go to the National Women's Bonspiel 2018 page. 

Donna Purkey Presented with the USWCA Service Award

(February 11, 2018)  The USWCA honored Past President Donna Purkey (1994 - 95) with the USWCA Service Award at the Senior National Bonspiel hosted by Coyotes Curling Club in Tempe, Arizona. Past President Carol Stevenson presented the award to Donna during the Opening Ceremony and bonspiel kit party.  "We honor a very special lady," Carol noted in her moving tribute, "one who embodies the spirit of curling.  She has enhanced our beloved sport and the USWCA organization." Donna Purkey's list of accomplished is long and distinguished.  In addition to serving as the USWCA president, she played in the U.S. National Championships (1982).  She was captain of the 1996 USWCA Scot tour.  She is a former USWCA National Champion and a two-time USA Senior National Women's Champion (2007, 2008). She twice won bronze medals at the World Senior Curling Championship (2002, 2007).  Additionally, Coyotes Curling Club has honored Donna with an eponymous annual women's bonspiel, held for the first time in October 2017.  "It is with a deep love and most sincere appreciation that we recognize and honor our very own Donna Purkey," said Carol.  "Thank you, Donna, for being a shining star and an example to all of us."  (In the photo, Donna Purkey, on the left, holds the USWCA Service Award presented to her by Carol Stevenson, on the right.)

Creating a Book for the USWCA 75th Anniversary

(reposted Feb. 2018, original post, May 16, 2017)  The USWCA will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2021, just 4 years from now.  We are looking for individuals interested in helping to assemble the anniversary book.  If you worked on your school's yearbook, this might be just the project for you.  For more information about the type of skills and help needed, click on the flyer to the left.  

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

 

Mid Season Circuit Results Are Available

(January 22, 2018)  The 2017 - 2018 Mid Season Circuit results are now available on the Circuit Results page.  Not all the results up to now have been received and some that have been received are not yet audited.  But it will give you some idea of where you stand.  Go check it out. 

A Message from the USWCA President

(December 17, 2017) by Dawn Gutro, pictured right.

Happy Holidays!

I want to wish all our USWCA members and member clubs a very Happy Holiday season!

If you are like me, you are crazy busy this time of year; at home, work, and at your curling club.  Our curling clubs are busy running leagues, hosting in-house and external bonspiels, and special events.  This year our curling clubs are also gearing up for the Winter Olympics which is expected to bring lots of interest and inquiry in our sport.

Our USWCA Winter Meeting and National Bonspiel Planning Committees are working hard getting ready for our upcoming Winter Meetings and Annual Meeting, February 12 - 15, 2018, and the National Bonspiel at Triangle Curling Club in Durham, NC February 15 - 18, 2018.

I am so blessed to have so many amazing people working so hard in our USWCA committees and on our events.  I hope that everyone can take a breath, pause the craziness, and enjoy peace and joy this holiday season.

Happy New Year!

2017 USWCA Sr. Women's National Bonspiel

(December 4, 2017)  The 36th USWCA Senior Women's National Bonspiel was held November 29 - December 3, 2017 at the Coyotes Curling Club in Tempe, Arizona.  This year there were 32 teams vying for the number one spot.  Congratulations to the Leslie rink from Nutmeg Curling Club for winning the national event.  The members of the team, pictured left to right, were skip Naida Leslie, vice Bobbie Stoll, second Jayne Beattie, and lead Karen Shane.  The theme of the event was Desert Jewels and everyone had a sparkling good time.  Outside the high temperatures hovered around 75 degrees while inside the ice house the low stayed at about 41 degrees.  No one complained about the variation in temperatures.  On November 29, the day began with the Super Seniors playing exhibition games.  There were 39 Super Seniors participating in that event.  Go to the 2017 Senior Women's Bonspiel page for more information and the complete results.   

A Message from the USWCA President

(Fall 2017)  By Dawn Gutro

I am honored to serve as the 70th President of the United States Women's Curlng Association.  Many amazing women have served and guided the USWCA along the way, and continue to work to help us evolve and become an even healthier and stronger organization.  Our future depends on the ongoing participation of many club members, club representatives, committee chairs, and officers.

I look forward to working with them to share, spread and support our mission.

I encourage you to use the website to explore who we are, what we do, and how you can serve.  Let's enjoy another wonderful year!

Circuit Results for 2016 - 2017

(August 4, 2017) The Women's Circuit results from the 2016 - 2017 season have been posted.  Please go the the Results page to view the document.  Thank you to everyone that participated.    

USWCA Senior Women's Bonspiel Expanded

(September 17, 2017)  At the Fall Meeting in Natick, MA, it was decided to expand the Senior Women's National Bonspiel from 24 to 32 teams.  Eight lucky teams on the waiting list were moved to the event and all participants can be found on the Sr. Women's 2017 page.  The committee thanks the Coyotes CC and the USWCA  Board for allowing the additional teams to participate.  This is a very popular and always over subscribed event so the addition of 8 teams is welcomed!    

All 5 & Under Bonspiels are Complete

(March 27, 2017)  The results from the West II Open Challenge and the results from the Wisconsin Women's Challenge have been posted to the 5 Year and Under Bonspiel page.  Congratulations to the Grant rink from Granite Curling Club and the Hampton rink from the Madison Curling Club.

Next year Chesapeake CC will hold the East Open Challenge December 8 - 10, 2017.  Appleton CC will host the Wisconsin Open Challenge January 19 - 22, 2018.  The Women's Challenge will be held in the Central Region at the Bowling Green CC March  16 - 17, 2018.  Denver CC will be hosting the West II Open Challenge in March.  And the Central Open Challenge will be hosted by Chicago CC, dates to be determined.  Save the dates.  More information on these will be posted this Fall.   

A New Event - Super Senior Fun Day - to be hosted by Coyotes Curling Club

(March 15, 2017)  A bonus included with this year's invitation to the USWCA Senior Women's Bonspiel is the addition of a new event; the Super Senior Fun Day.  The event will be hosted by the Coyotes Curling Club.  This is not a USWCA national event but ladies 65 years and older are invited to a day of friendship and fun to warm up their skills one day prior to the Sr. Women's Bonspiel.  Go to the Senior Women's Bonspiel 2017 page for more information.

2017 USWCA National Bonspiel

(February 21, 2017)  The 69th USWCA National Bonspiel, "Bikes and Brew - Thunder on the Ice", was held at the Milwaukee Curling Club in Cedarburg, Wisconsin February 16 - 19, 2017.  Congratulations to the Roessler rink from the Centerville Curling Club in Galesville, WI on winning their second National Bonspiel back to back.  The team members, pictured here left to right were skip Laura Roessler, vice Sara Hein, second Elyse Sorenson, and lead Toni Paisley.  The theme of the bonspiel celebrated the legacy of the Harley Davidson company and the history of beer brewing which helped make Milwaukee famous.  The field of 32 teams began their competition bright and early Thursday morning with the first draw at 7:30 am (CST).  Please go to the National Bonspiel 2017 page for results and more information.

(The photograph of the winning team is the property of Charli and is used here with her permission.)

USWCA Scot Tour 2016 Team Wins the Marguerite Roberts Quaich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(February 16, 2017)  The 2016 Scot Tour team, pictured here in their red blazers, are awarded the Marguerite Roberts Quaich by Gilean Hoenke.  Gilean, pictured in the center in gray, is the daughter of Marguerite Roberts.  The Royal Caledonian Curling Club article about the Scot Tour can be read here.  For additional  more information about the USWCA 2016 Scot Tour, go to the 2016 Scot Tour Daily Report page.

2016 USWCA Senior Women's National Bonspiel

(December 4, 2016)  Congratulations to the team from the Schenectady Curling Club for winning the 35th annual Senior Women's Bonspiel held at the Waltham Curling Club in Triumph, Illinois.  The members of the team, pictured here right to left, were skip Dorothy Szymaszek, vice Fay Navratil, second Denise Cashmere, and lead Michele Moffitt.  

The 24 participating teams were welcomed to a host home on Thursday night and entertained and educated by a Celtic fiddler on Friday night.  The meals at both locations were exceptional.  The volunteers from the club took good care of their visitors and all agreed the bonspiel was delightful.  

For all results, go to the 2016 Senior Women's Bonspiel page.

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