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USWCA NEWS // CIRCUIT SPOTLIGHT


Jersey Curlz should be a rockin’ good time


club’s fi rst women’s bonspiel in recent years, evidence of the resurgence of women’s curling nationwide. Previously, PCC’s women’s league had hosted a daytime bonspiel but it faded in the 1980s as older women retired from curling and younger curlers spent their daytime hours at work. Founded in 1963, PCC is famous for its men’s Stone Bonspiel, and for its wildly popular open “Bonsqueal.” Jersey Curl z curlers can anticipate a similar level of fun and hospitality. A riff on the pop-culture stereotype and a nod to the hit Kevin Smith


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fi lm, the bonspiel proudly celebrates the funny, feisty women of the Gar- den State. Yet, as organizers Jen Weir and Patty Heff ner insist, there is no theme. Jersey Curlz is a highly-competitive cashspiel, featuring a leads competition and a Calcutta. T irst for competitive women’s bonspiels is growing – Jersey Curlz fi lled within three weeks of its announcement. In addition to outstanding ice, competition, and the spirit of curling, the bon- spiel features wine tasting, massages and other fun. Q


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ith a brand new curling fl oor and keen ice, Plainfi eld Curling Club is ready to host its fi rst Circuit bonspiel, Jersey Curlz, March 16-19. T is inaugural bonspiel is also this established


USWCA ships stabilizers to new member clubs


by Twila Yednock, USWCA Membership Chair A


lmost all clubs that joined the USWCA in the past fi ve years (and have remained members) recently received new, USWCA stabilizers as a membership perk.


T e USWCA will soon be mailing invitations and information to all U.S.


clubs that are NOT already members of the USWCA. If anyone wants to learn about the USWCA and how to become a member club, go to www. uswca.org/becoming-a-member. Q


Championship on the horizon // COLLEGE CURLING


2017 College National


By Gordon Maclean, U.S. Curling Association College Curling Committee Chairman


based on results from the many qualifying events that have taken place over the past 12 months. In total, 13 college-only bonspiels have taken place since Labor Day


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weekend, from Colorado to Maine. Some were modest aff airs with eight or nine teams, some were big with 18 or 20 teams. T ese events, along with our championship, meet the mission of college


curling: To promote the growth of college curling through the establish- ment of a national championship that encourages and rewards curlers at- tending a college or university who compete against their peers at other academic institutions throughout the school year. College curling in the U.S. provides a bridge for those students who


curled during high school. T ese students become the focal points for pull- ing new student curlers into their ranks by supplying peer support and in- struction. Literally hundreds of students participate each year in this en- deavor – many of whom have never curled prior to college. T is year the schools leading the pack looking for an invitation include


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, SUNY-Polytechnic Institute, Penn Uni- versity, Yale, and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. T ese schools and others are looking to become the next USA Curling


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college national champion and join the ranks of past winners like the Uni- versity of Minnesota (2013), University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (2014), University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (2015), and the defending national champion University of Pennsylvania. T is year’s championship site committee has been working overtime to


bring in event sponsors to enhance the student’s onsite experience and line up webstreaming so team members who cannot make the trip and parents can watch. Watch for announcements about where to watch and who will be sched- uled on the stream. Q


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he 2017 USA Curling College National Championship will be held March 10-12, in Whitesboro, N.Y., at the Utica Curling Club. Sixteen schools will be invited to participate in the championship


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