Champagne bonspiel bubbles with success

Joanne Smith


Left: L-R, A Event winners Curt Severson and Leigh Severson with A Event runners-up Jim McDermott and Carrol Peterson. Above: B Event winners Katy Smith and Rory Smith with B Event runners-up Jed Smith and Andrew Smith 
Photos courtesy of the Cook County Curling Club Left: L-R, A Event winners Curt Severson and Leigh Severson with A Event runners-up Jim McDermott and Carrol Peterson. Above: B Event winners Katy Smith and Rory Smith with B Event runners-up Jed Smith and Andrew Smith Photos courtesy of the Cook County Curling Club The Cook County Curling Club hosted its second Two Person Open Champagne Bonspiel this past weekend with 16 teams participating. The two-person game is a pared down version of a regular four-person game. All standard rules and etiquette of curling apply, but there is no sweeping between hog lines – only from hog line to back line. All other sweeping rules apply.

Team members stay at each end and do not cross-center ice, except during timeouts or an extra end. Six stones per end are thrown, and there are six ends per match. The two delivering curlers alternate stones.

This new game of curling has become popular in the Cook County Curling Club. The out-of-town teams that played in this bonspiel had not experienced this type of game before and really enjoyed it.

The goal of the Cook County Curling Club is that all skill levels are welcome to have a fun bonspiel experience. For a few teams, this was their first experience curling in a bonspiel. All had a fun time. After all curling in a bonspiel is not just about winning; it’s the social interaction that everyone really enjoys.

The Two Person Open League is played on Wednesday evenings starting at 6:30 p.m. and the public is welcomed to come watch. The club also invites anyone that is interested in learning the game to come on Tuesday evenings starting at 6:30 p.m. or Wednesday afternoons starting at 1 p.m. There are club members that will help you learn the game. We do ask that you bring a pair of clean shoes to change into. Shoes worn off the street are not permitted.

The club will be hosting the Charles J. Futterer Open Memorial Bonspiel on March 9, 10 and 11. That bonspiel will be the last one the club will host for the 2017-2018 season. Please check out our website-cookcountycurlingclub.com for more information.


These type of hand knit sweaters were popular back in the ’70s. Left to right, Jim and Betty King along with Nancy Larson and Joanne Smith wearing their vintage sweaters. Jim is holding an old “Avenger” corn broom which was a popular broom to sweep a rock to the house with in the ’70s too. These type of hand knit sweaters were popular back in the ’70s. Left to right, Jim and Betty King along with Nancy Larson and Joanne Smith wearing their vintage sweaters. Jim is holding an old “Avenger” corn broom which was a popular broom to sweep a rock to the house with in the ’70s too. . A Event Winners
Curt & Leigh Severson—St. Paul Curling Club

. A Event Runners-up
Jim McDermott & Carrol Peterson—Cook County Curling Club

. B Event Winners
Rory & Kate Smith—Cook County Curling Club

. B Event Runners-up
Andrew & Jed Smith—Cook County Curling Club

. C Event Winners
Caela Severson & Meg Abraham—St. Paul Curling Club

. C Event Runners-up
Tom Fredeen & Don Fehr—Cook County Curling Club

. D Event Winners
Nancy Larson & Joanne Smith—Cook County Curling Club

. D Event Runners-up
Greg Koshinska & Chaz Misenheimer—Cook County Curling Club


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