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Curling: Top club teams to compete in Brainerd for national title

Some of the best curling teams representing clubs throughout the United States will be in Brainerd Feb. 10-17 competing for a national title in the USA Curling's Club National Championships.

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Some of the best curling teams representing clubs throughout the United States will be in Brainerd Feb. 10-17 competing for a national title in the USA Curling's Club National Championships.

The Brainerd Lakes Curling Club is hosting the event, which is USA Curling's largest and most prestigious amateur curling competition.

Ten men's teams and 10 women's teams earned a trip to Brainerd by winning local playdowns at their home club. They moved on to regional competition where they competed against other club winners from throughout their region (there are 10 regions throughout the country). Regional winners advanced to the national tournament in Brainerd.

Teams will be coming from as far away as California, Florida, Texas, New York and Washington. Minnesota will be represented by two women's teams and one men's team.

"We're really excited to host these teams and watch some very competitive curling by some of the best curlers in the country," Mary Jo Hamilton, Brainerd tournament coordinator, said in a news release. "We're also excited to showcase our curling club and the Brainerd lakes area."

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2018 Club National Championships Host: Brainerd Lakes Curling Club

  • When: Feb. 10-17 Where: Brainerd Lakes Curling Club,
  • 2000 S.E. 13th St., Brainerd, 56401
  • Admission: Individuals $10/day or $15/week; families are $10/day or $20/week

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The event begins at noon Saturday, Feb. 10, with opening ceremonies, which features the St. Cloud Bagpipes Band and a hot dish potluck lunch. The first two rounds of the tournament are at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Play continues for six days. The Brainerd club has four sheets of ice and can accommodate four games at a time. The first four games start at 8 a.m. followed by games at noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. That's the daily schedule until Feb. 16, which has one draw beginning at 8 a.m., followed by the semifinal rounds for the four top men's and women's teams. The championship game starts at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 17.

Several former champions are competing, including Debbie McCormick of Rio, Wis., who competed in four Olympics and many national tournaments.

On Sunday, Feb. 11, an indoor farmers market will be in the social room, featuring locally grown and produced foods. Monday, Feb. 12, is Craft Beer Night, with local brewers providing samples. Tuesday is Seniors Day, and senior citizens are admitted free. The Flannel and Fun Closing Banquet follows the championship game Feb. 17 and includes a walleye and chicken buffet and live music by Norm's Bait & Tackle Choir.

The event is open to the public. Daily admission is $10. Weekly passes are $15 for individuals, $20 for families.

Located in the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds, the Brainerd Lakes Curling Club offers a range of leagues and two annual bonspiels (tournaments).

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For more information, visit www.brainerdcurling.org .

 

 

Schedule:

  • Saturday, Feb. 10: Noon, Opening Ceremonies featuring St. Cloud Bag Pipe Band. Following a hotdish potluck lunch, curling at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 11: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Indoor farmer's market; Curling at 8 a.m., noon, 4 p.m., 8 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb 12: 6-8 p.m. Craft beer night, curling at 8 a.m., noon, 4 p.m., 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 13: Seniors Day, free admission for seniors, curling at 8 a.m., noon, 4 p.m., 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 14: Curling at 8 a.m., noon, 4 p.m., 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 15: Curling at 8 a.m., noon, 4 p.m., 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 16: Curling at 8 a.m., semifinal rounds start at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 17: 1:30 p.m. championship game, 4:30 p.m. Flannels and Fun closing banquet

 
Women's Teams

  • Ardsley Curling Club (Grand National Region): Mahwah, N.J. Capital Curling Club (Dakota Territory Region):
  • Coyotes Curling Club (Mountain Pacific Region): Duluth Curling Club (Minnesota Region):
  • Granite Curling Club (Washington Region):
  • Madison Curling Club (Wisconsin Region):
  • Madison Curling Club (Wisconsin Region):
  • Potomac Curling Club (Grand National Region):
  • Potomac Curling Club (Grand National Region):
  • St. Paul Curling Club

 
Men's Teams:

  • Ardsley Curling Club (Grand National Region):
  • Broomstones Curling Club (Grand National Region):
  • Chicago Curling Club (Illinois Region):
  • Dallas-Fort Worth Curling Club (Mid-America Region):
  • Detroit Curling Club (Great Lakes Region):
  • Fargo-Moorhead Curling Club (Dakota Territory Region):
  • Granite Curling Club (Washington Region):
  • Madison Curling Club (Wisconsin Region):
  • San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club (Mountain Pacific Region):
  • Stephen Curling Club (Minnesota Region):
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