Calendar of Events 2017 - 2018

All Areas' Events Flyer: Download the flyer.

East: Open, December 8 - 10, 2017. Host: Chesapeake CC.  Completed.

Central: Open, February 10 - 11, 2018.  Host: Chicago CC.

Central: Women's, March 17 - 18, 2018.  Host: Bowling Green CC.

Download the event flyer.

Wisconsin: Open, January 19 - 21, 2018.  Host: Appleton CC.  Completed.

West I: Open, January 19 - 21, 2018.  Host: Duluth CC.  Completed.

West II: Open, March 16 - 18, 2018.  Host: Denver CC.

Download information and Guidelines for 5 Year and Under Bonspiels.

Download 5 Year and Under Eligibility (Entry) Form.

Download the Basic Rules of Etiquette for New Curlers

Winners from 2018:

Wisconsin Open Challenge

Milwaukee Curling Club team, seated, skip Rahim Keval, Patrick Geiger, second Bernie Anding, and lead Michael Czachor.

Also pictured, Madison Curling Club team, standing (1st Event Runners Up), skip Nick Helt, vice Ryan Hood, second Justin Ramm, and lead Anthony Frey

West I Open Challenge

St. Paul Curling Club team, skip Pete Nelson (left, standing), second Scott Draheim (right, standing), vice Dani Draheim (left kneeling), and lead Deb McKindley (right, kneeling).

East Open Challenge

Philadelphia Curling Club team, skip Mark DeSouza, vice John Moylan, second Adam Bartles, lead Jeff Ishibashi.

Winners from 2017:

West II Open Challenge

Granite Curling Club team, pictured left to right, second Derek Ristau, lead Gina Triolo, vice Aaron Thompson and skip Stephen Grant.   

Wisconsin Women's Challenge

Madison Curling Club team, pictured left to right, lead Jacquee Blaz, second Kim Slininger, vice Stephanie Sears, and skip Mandy Hampton.   

West I Open Challenge

Eau Claire Curling Club Team, skip Zach Oliphant, vice Spencer Eklund, second Tyler Ronstad, and lead Nathan Oster.

Central Area Open Challenge

Detroit Curling Club Team, pictured left to right, second Chris Golec, vice Ken German, skip Josh Lopez, and lead Denis Metty.

Wisconsin Area Open Challenge

Marshfield Curling Club Team, pictured left to right, skip Dennis Friedrichsen, vice Rachel Krentz, second Tony Krentz, and lead Jordan Munger. 

East Area Open Challenge

Cape Cod Curling Club Team, lead, Carolyn Wurm, second, Bill Waite, vice, Will Gerlach, and skip, and Mark Wilson.

Winners from 2016:

Central Area Women's Challenge

Columbus Curling Club Team, skip Lisa Kluchorsky, vice Kara Gustavson, second Leeanne Chandler, and lead Mary Kay Rohrkemper.

Central Area Open Challenge

Midland Curling Club Team, skip Doug Lothamer, vice Evan Bergman, second Brian Czech, and lead Josh Lauderman.

West II Area Open Challenge

Four Seasons Curling Club Team, skip Craig Nicko, vice Curt Crego, second Carrie Crego, lead Cyndi Jerde (Photograph pending).

Wisconsin Area Open Challenge

Wauwatosa Curling Club Team, skip Nick Lundbohm, vice Phil Hansen, second Jeremy Rynders, and lead Tony Just.

West I Area Open Challenge

Four Seasons Curling Club Team, skip Craig Nicko, vice Cyndy Jerde, second Curt Crego, lead Carrie Crego.

East Area Open Challenge

Nutmeg Curling Club Team, L to R; skip Craig Doucette, vice Mike McCarthy, second Larry Bocchiere, and lead Andrew Hancock.  For more results and photos, go to the Cool Duck Facebook page.  

Winners from 2015:

Central Area Women's Challenge

Central Women's Challenge First Event WinnerDetroit Curling Club Team Jill Garrity, Ann Gabbhart, Julie Benson, and Kristine Rathke.

West I Area Open Challenge

West I Region First Event WinnerArdsley/Detroit Curling Clubs Team, L to R: Patrick Cannon, lead, Barbara Gabhart, second, Ann Gabhart, vice, Will Pryor, skip.

Central Area Open Challenge

Central First Event WinnerFort Wayne Curling Club Team, L to R: Chris Keller, lead, Martina Rozzell, second, Stephen Imes, vice, and Craig Wickman, skip.

Wisconsin Area Open Challenge

WI First Event Winner MilwaukeeMilwaukee Curling Club Team, L to R: Bob Sorheim, second, Greg Bell, lead, Chris Apel, vice, Nick McLellan, skip.

East Area Open Challenge

East First Event WinnersBucks County Curling Club Team, L to R: Justin Lehmann, second, Zac Gery, vice, Christi Freeman, lead, Greg Danks, skip.

West II Area Open Challenge

West II Region WinnersSan Francisco Bay Area Curling Club Team, L to R: Lead Amanda Chang, Vice Zevi Altus, Skip Reggie Wilcox and Second Shir Aharon .

For more information and guidelines, go to the Contact page and 'Send Us a Message'.  Mention the 5 Year & Under in the Message box.  And - any club interested in hosting one of these events next season or in the future should let their USWCA Representative know or use the Contact page. 

5 Year and Under

This season the USWCA sponsored Five Year & Under Bonspiels are again scheduled for ALL five Areas.  Geographically located from east to west, the Areas are East, Central, Wisconsin, West I, and West II.  Curling clubs across the country have recognized the importance of these events in providing new curlers with the opportunity to experience curling in other clubs, with curlers having the same skill levels, in positions they normally would not play.  What an excellent way to promote curling.  Pins for the winners and runners-up are provided by the USWCA for four events, as is a traveling plaque that goes to the winning team.  The plaque is engraved and passed on to the next host club.  Curlers who have curled five years or less should take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and sign up to curl either as an individual or as a team in their area or in any of the other four areas for a more broadening experience. 

Just a reminder to new curlers that they may choose to curl in more than one area and in either or BOTH events; the Five Year & Under Open Challenge, which is open to both men and women, and/or the Five Year & Under Women's Challenge, which is for women only.  Either one provides a great opportunity for 5 or less year curlers to enjoy the bonspiel experience on an entirely new level.  Choose to curl in the host club in your area, or broaden your horizons by curling in one of the other four areas.  Host clubs have the option of giving teams from their area priority over teams coming from other areas, but in most instances teams from other areas are most welcome.  Check below to see which clubs are hosting 5 Year & Under Bonspiels this season and sign up NOW!

West I:

  • This season the Duluth Curling Club hosted the Five and Under Open Challenge on January 19 - 21, 2018.  They had such a successful bonspiel last season that they agreed to step up and host again.  It was a very successful bonspiel once more with 32 teams participating and additional teams placed on a waiting list.  Curlers represented 9 different clubs with many curlers coming from new clubs, especially from around the Minneapolis area.  The clubs represented were St. Paul, Frogtown, All Seasons (Blaine), Chaska, Lakeville, Curl Mesabe, Eau Claire, Superior, and of course Duluth.  The players that came were very enthusiatic and all had a great time.  There was much praise for the good food that Chef Paul prepared.  Curlers had fun both on and off the ice.  Duluth presented the USWCA donated pins to 8 teams for the 4 events.  The winning team also received the USWCA Open Challenge travelling trophy.  The first event winner were from the St. Paul Curling Club with skip Pete Nelson, vice Dani Draheim, second Scott Draheim, and lead Deb McKinley.  The first event runners up from the Duluth Curling Club were skip Daryl Fuchihara, vice Garrett Bunkowske, second Sarah Hendricks, and lead Hilary Huntley.  Congratulations to all and special thanks to the Duluth Curling Club for running a great bonspiel


  • Last season was Duluth's first time hosting the Five and Under Open Challenge on January 20 - 22, 2017.  They had a blast with an impressive turnout with 24 teams participating in the event.  The winning team was from Eau Claire, Wisconsin with skip Zach Oliphant, vice Spencer Eklund, second Tyler Ronstad, and lead Nathan Oster.  As new curlers, they were very excited to get pins and a TROPHY.  Event Runners-up from Frogtown Curling Club: skip Brian Agre, vice Kate Momsen, second Max Currie, and lead Emily Rhode. 

West II:

  • In the West II Area this season, the 5 & Under Open Challenge will be hosted by the Denver Curling Club on March 16 - 18, 2018.  Since the new Denver Curling Center opened in October 2014, it has ushered in a new era of increased interest and availablility of curling in Denver.  The Denver Curling Club continues to develop programs and raise awareness by offering opportunities for youth, the disabled, adults, seniors, local businesses and new curlers to learn the game of curling and refine their skills of leadership, teamwork, sportsmanship and communication.  With such lofty ideals, it is no surprise that they are hosting the USWCA sponsored 5 & Under Open Bonspiel this season.


  • The 5 & Under Open Challenge in the West II Area was hosted by the Evergreen Curling Club last season on March 24 - 25, 2017.  They had sixteen teams from across the country to participate in their bonspiel.  The 1st Event Winners were from the Granite Curling Club in Seattle, Washington with skip Stephen Grant, vice Aaron Thompson, second Derek Ristau, and lead Gina Triolo. They were very excited to win the 5 & Under Plaque and looked forward to hanging it in their club.  The 1st Event Runners-Up flew in from the Madison Curling Club in Wisconsin with Lauren Leckwee, Brad Orego, Allan Veler, and Nate Schwantes.  This was the first time the Evergreen Curling Club hosted a USWCA sponsored 5 & Under bonspiel and found it to be a very rewarding experience.  They are looking forward to hosting it again in the future.



  • The Appleton Curling Club hosted the 5 & Under Wisconsin Section Challenge, January 19 - 21, 2018.  Ten clubs from across the state sent rinks to the twenty-four rink bonspiel, with the event capped on Sunday afternoon when the Rahim Keval rink from the Milwaukee Curling Club claimed the bonspiel title by defeating the Nick Helt rink (Madison Curling Club).  Congratulations to the first event winners from the Milwaukee Curling Club with skip Rahim Keval, vice Patrick Geiger, second Bernie Anding, and lead Michael Czachor.  The first events Runners-Up from the Madison Curling Club were skip Nick Helt, vice Ryan Hood, second Justin Ramm, and lead Anthony Frey.  


  • This season WIsconsin will not have a 5 & Under Women's Challenge because it is the Central Area's turn to host it.  However, next season, the Women's 5 & Under Bonspiel will be hosted by the Racine Curling Club.  So mark your calendars.


  • The 5 & Under Open Challenge was hosted by the Centerville Curling Club on December 2 - 4, 2016.  Sixteen teams participated from ten different clubs.  Congratulations went to the 1st Event Winners, the Friedrichsen Rink from the Marshfield Curling Club with skip Dennis Friedrichsen, vice Rachel Krentz, second Tony Krentz, and lead Jordan Munger.  The 1st Event Runners-Up were the Hewes Rink from the Milwaukee Curling Club with skip Evan Hewes, vice Ken Bowman, second Craig Biggio, and lead Marc Sundquist.   Many thanks go to the Centerville Curling Club for making their bonspiel a very memorable experience for all who attended.   


  • Last season the Blackhawk Curling Club in Janesville, Wisconsin, hosted the USWCA sponsored 5 & Under Women's Challenge on February 24-25, 2017.  This was the first time the Wisconsin Area hosted a Women's 5 & Under Bonspiel in almost twenty years.  It was only fitting that the Blackhawk Curling Club should step up to the challenge of reintroducing this women's event to Wisconsin.  Although they only had ten teams participate, the numbers are sure to grow in the future as more women discover what a great opportunity the 5 & Under Women's Bonspiel provides for women to hone their curling skills and have a great time doing it.  The winners of the 1st Event were from the Madison Curling Club with skip Mandy Hampton, vice Stephanie Sears, second Kim Slininger, and lead Jaquee Blaz.  The runners-up were also from the Madison Curling Club with skip Andie McDonald, vice Andrianna Crawford, second Emily Wood, and lead Josie Greve.  Congratulations to all the finalists and a big thank you to all the participants that joined the Blackhawk Curling Club for a great weekend of women's curling.


  • This season the 5 & Under Open Challenge will be hosted by the Chicago Curling Club on February 10 - 11, 2018.  The Chicago Curling Club, organized in 1948, recently celebrated their 60th anniversary.  They are a membership organization centered around curling.  Their club is recognized as one of the finest curling facilities of its size, with four sheets of ice, locker rooms, a full-equipped kitchen, a dining area, and a large social area.  The Chicago Curling Club is also the home of the United States Curling Museum, so curlers may feel free to browse curling artifacts and memorabilia.  Finally, the Chicago Curling Club is located in one of the most visited cities in the world.  New curlers should not pass up the opportunity of curling in Chicago.


  • Last season's 5 & Under Open Challenge was held on January 21-22, 2017 at the Detroit Curling Club.  The Central Area was well represented with sixteen teams participating from clubs scattered across their Area.  The winner of the 1st Event was the Lopez Team from Detroit with skip Josh Lopez, vice Ken German, second Chris Golec, and lead Denis Metty.  Runners-up were the Mann Team from the Mayfield Curling Club with skip Michael Mann, vice Jeff Ostrander, second Paul Tecco, and lead Ed Ostrander.  Congratulations went not only to the winners but also the Detroit Curling Club for running a great spiel.    


  • Eleven teams participated in the 5 & Under Open Challenge at Chesapeake Curling Club December 8 - 10, 2017.  Clubs from Bucks County, Philadelphia, Plainfield, Potomac, and Chesapeake participated in the event finals and went home with pins.  Skip Mark DeSouza led his team from Philadelphia to victory in the First Event (Vice: John Moylan, Second: Adam Bartles, Lead: Jeff Ishibashi).  Runners-Up for the First Event from Bucks County were led by Skip Ian Sheffer (Vice: Michelle Sheffer, Second: Megan Bankard, Lead: Stefanie Johnson).  The Chesapeake Curling Club did an excellent job in making this a memorable experience for all the participants.  The Chesapeake Curling Club is located at the Talbot County Community Center in Easton, Maryland and it is the southern-most curling club in the eastern United States with dedicated curling ice.


  • The first USWCA sponsored 5 & Under Open Challenge Bonspiel last season was held at the Cape Cod Curling Club  on October 28 - 29, 2016.  It was a fun and successful Halloween theme spiel with twelve teams participating.  The winning team was a Cape Cod team called the Boo Rocks with skip Mark Wilson, vice Will Gerlach, second Bill Waite, and lead Carolyn Wurm.  The runners-up in the first event were the Cape Cod Booregards with skip Courtney Lee Beauregard, vice Carrie Gentile, second Suzanne LaValle, and lead Patty Oakley.  A big 'Thank You' to the Cape Cod Curling Club for making this such an enjoyable spiel for the new curlers in their East Area.     


In 1993, the USWCA adopted the plan for a Women's Challenge to be held in each region/area of the United States.  These events have become so popular that the USWCA now sponsors an Open Five Year and Under Bonspiel along with the Five Year and Under Women's Challenge.  In addition to being a terrific opportunity for newer curlers, the goal of these events is to give newer curlers a chance to experience a bonspiel, along with other clubs' participants with similar skill levels, meet other new curlers, and play positions they normally wouldn't play.  It is felt that the curlers will feel less concern about attending regular bonspiels after they have played against others with the same experience.  There are beautiful traveling award plaques provided by the USWCA for the winning rinks in each bonspiel. Special pins are presented to winners and runners-up in four events.  

All curlers with five years or less curling experience are eligible to participate.  Membership in the USWCA is not necessary but in order to host one of the events, the host club must be a member.  The Women's Challenge is made up of women's teams, but the Open Event may have teams made up of any combination. Team members do not have to all belong to the same curling club.

An Eligibility Form must accompany the Event Entry. The Eligibility Form must be signed by a Curling Club Officer, and verifies that each team member meets the criteria for under five years of curling.  New curlers may curl in more than one Area and in either or both the USWCA sponsored 5 & Under Women's Challenge and the 5 & Under Open Challenge.  Support the 5 & Under bonspiels in your Area but be aware of the opportunities to also curl in 5 & Under bonspiels across the country.  Host clubs may welcome curlers from all 5 Areas, but should give priority to teams from their Area.

This season's 5 & Under Calendar, 5 Area Curling Stone Flyer, 5 & Under Guidelines, the Eligibility and Entry forms, a Curling Etiquette sheet, as well as flyers from the host clubs in each area can be found on this bonspiel website and downloaded and printed on your computer.  The opportunities are here, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEM!

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