Download information and Guidelines for 5 Year and Under Bonspiels.

Download 5 Year and Under Eligibility (Entry) Form.

Winners from 2014:

Wisconsin Region Open Challenge

5Under 2014 1st Event Winner, Blackhawk, MerathBlackhawk Team, L to R: Skip Cal Merath, Vice Rob Hall, Second Evan Fitzgerald, Lead Kim Rudkin

Central Region Women's Challenge

Waltham 1st Event WinnerChicago/Exmoor Team, L to R Lauren Sturdy, Kelly Boland, Lisa Boland, Sarah Calcutt

Central Region Open Challenge

Central Region Open Challenge 1st Event WinnerColumbus Team, L to R Ryan Moelman, James Reinaker, Craig Wickman, Evan Western

Winners from 2013:

To see photographs of the 1st Event winners and runners-up from all 2012 - 2013 events, click here to download.

 

These events have become so popular that the USWCA now sponsors an Open 5-year & Under Bonspiel along with the 5-Year & Under Women's Challenge. This is a terrific opportunity for newer curlers to experience a bonspiel along with other club's participants with similar skill levels. A beautiful traveling plaque is provided by the USWCA for the winning rink in each bonspiel, and special pins are presented to winners and runners-up in all four events.

All curlers with five or less years 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 new Open event may have teams made up of any combination. Composite teams are acceptable.

For more information and guidelines, please contact the 5-year & Under Chair Millie Buege at: mbuege2@wi.rr.com And - any club interested in hosting one of these events next season or in the future should let their USWCA Representative know or contact Millie directly.

5 Year and Under

Successful Five Year & Under bonspiels for both the 5 & Under Open Challenge and the 5 & Under Women's Challenge were held last season and are being planned for the future.  Curling clubs across the country have recognized the  importance  of this event 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 as is a traveling plaque that goes to the winner of the event.

Wisconsin:

  • (February 26, 2014)  This season, the recently completed Milwaukee Curling Club hosted the 5 & Under Open Challenge on February 7-9, 2014.  There were 28 teams registered, one of the largest 5 & Under Bonspiels ever held in the Wisconsin region.  The winners of the 1st Event, pictured in the side bar to the right were the Merath rink from Blackhawk CC.  All results are listed as follows:  1st Event Winner - Blackhawk: Calvin Merath, Robbie Hall, Evan Fitzgerald, Kim Rudkin.  1st Event Runner Up - Wauwatosa: Matt Schmidt, Nathan Schloemer, Josh Wright, Ryan Schulz.  2nd Event Winner - Madison: Doug Pahl, Jesse Peterson, Bill McGlynn, Nathan Schwantes. 2nd Event Runner Up - Madison: Tony Roth, Miranda Hofmann, Nate Carlson, Dave Peterson.  3rd Event Winner - Madison: Chuck Evers, Andrew Baraniak, Joe Moore, Dan Backes.  3rd Event Runner Up - Milwaukee: Gabe Ziskin, Justin Schmidt, Rahim Keval, Lauren Sweeney.  4th Event Winner - Kettle Moraine: David Lancour, Bob Cuomo, Brian Carlson, Ben Williams.  4th Event Runner Up - Madison: Steven Trac, Brad Orego, Anthony Rienzi, Rachel Kerr.  5th Event Winner - Wauwatosa: Adam Menke, Mathew Majewski, Harold Paul, Andy Kitzke.  5th Event Runner Up - Kettle Moraine: Dave Kawecki, Linda Kawecki, Jake Gould, Erin Gould. 
  • Last season, Kettle Moraine Curling Club was the first to host the USWCA sponsored 5 & Under Open Challenge on November 30th, December 1st, and 2nd.  The three day bonspiel started the holiday season with a warm welcome from KCMM members.  The eighteen teams that participated had a wonderful time.  Teams in the finals of the first event were as follows - 1st Event Winner  Todd Stuntebeck (skip), Phil Christman (vice), Andy Merlin (second), and Todd Bernhardt (lead) from the Madison Curling Club.  1st Event Runner-Up from Kettle Moraine  Neil Feil (skip), Randi Feil (vice), Dave Kawecki (second), and Linda Kawecki (lead). 

West:

  • There are no USWCA sponsored events scheduled for this season.

Central:

  • (April 16,2014)  This season the 5 & Under Women's Challenge was held at the Waltham Curling Club the weekend of March 8-9, 2014.  The first event winners were the composite team representing Chicago and Exmoor.  The team consisted of Sarah Calcutt, Lisa Boland, Kelly Boland, and Lauren Sturdy. 

    The Chicago Curling Club hosted the 5 & Under Women's Challenge on March 9-10, 2013.  Although they only had 6 teams participate, with the theme "Chicago Rocks", the women there "rocked" all weekend.  Everyone had such a great time that the Chicago Curling Club is eager to host this event again in the future.  Because of the number of teams, there were only three events.  Successfully defending their title, winners of the 1st event were Allie Botros, Karissa Piper, Ashley Lowry, and Angela Fox, from the Mayfield Curling Club.  1st event runners-up were Denise Erazmus, Marta Conlon, Kristen Higashikawa, and Jessica Thomson from the Chicago Curling Club.

  • (May 21, 2014)  This season the 5 & Under Open Challenge was hosted by the Columbus Curling Club on April 12-13, 2014.  The first event winners were the team from the Columbus Curling Club.  The team members were Ryan Moelman, James Reinaker, Craig Wickman, and Evan Western.  

    The Central Region also hosted a 5 & Under Open Challenge at the Detroit Curling Club on March 2-3, 2013.  Their bonspiel was a huge success and filled with 24 teams.  They even had to turn a few teams away.  With a four sheet club and only two days, that's all they could handle.  Thanks to the efforts of the members of the Detroit Curling Club, especially the Rockettes (the DCC Women's Club), this bonspiel got raving reviews from its participants.  The 'A' Event champions were Eric Johnson, Mike Pintar, Scott Connover, and Andy Hartsig from the Columbus Curling Club.  'A' Event runners-up were Ashley Lowry, Tim Carcione, Christine Carione, and Mary Dacar from the Mayfield Curling Club.   

East:

  • There are no USWCA sponsored events scheduled for this season.

 

These popular bonspiels began in the GNCC. The first Women's Challenge event was held at Norfolk, CT in 1991 and was an official GNCC event. In 1993 the USWCA adopted the plan for a Women's Challenge to be held in each region/area of the United States. This event has 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.

There are traveling award plaques for the winning rinks in each event. Special pins are presented to winners and runners-up in four events. Participants must have five years or less curling experience. 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 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.

All Curlers with five or less years 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 new 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.

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