GCC Golf Tournament Registration Open

2019 GCC Golf Tournament registration Now Open!!

Join us on August 24, 2019 for a 1:30pm shotgun start at Jackson Park Golf Course followed by a BBQ at the club immediately following. The format will be a 4-person scramble with fun games and prizes.

In order for this to be a success we need headcounts so early bird pricing is in effect, register now to golf at: http://www.curlingseattle.org/bonspiels?event=2019Golf

Cost: Early Bird Pricing $120 until July 14th, $130 after July 14th
Includes: Green fees, power cart, food & beverage credit, prizes, & BBQ
Deadline to sign up: August 3, 2019

Show up early for the putting contest starting at 12:30pm! $5 for one putt or 3 for $10 to win half the pot!

If you’d just like to come hang out and party, you can register at: http://www.curlingseattle.org/bonspiels?event=2019Golfb. Early bird pricing is $20 by July 14th or $25 after July 14th

2019 Spring League Registration Open

Registration for 2019 Spring Leagues is now open! To register:

If you have any questions or need any help, please email registrationsupport@curlingseattle.org.

Christensen/Shuster win Mixed Doubles National Championship

In a close final, Cory Christensen and John Shuster defeated Vicky Persinger and Christopher Plys at the Mixed Doubles National Championship here at Granite. Up by one without the hammer, Christensen/Shuster managed to steal one in the final end to seal the victory - and a trip to the World Championship in Stavanger, Norway in April.

Jim Pleasants was my deputy and took on the specific job, along with Lori Markham, Laurel Haigh-Gore, and Marissa Wright, of providing food for athletes, volunteers, and the public. In particular, Brent Campbell’s Saturday night spread surpassed its “taco bar” billing.

Jen Nguyen wore many hats, including ticketing, lanyards, sponsorship packaging, lockers, volunteer coordination. I cannot thank her enough.

Dave Leinweber and his crew worked tirelessly before and during the event to keep the ice in championship condition.

Joe Roberts and his crew of officials managed event mechanics in an extremely professional and cooperative way.

Cindy and Ken Vasey took many turns at the front desk - and Cindy produced the program. Tom FitzGerald handled the media. Brittney Bollay did the photography. Thanks to all of you, named and unnamed, for help bringing off this successful event. I believe we represented ourselves well to the rest of the country - and to people in this area, many of whom had never seen curling before.

Thanks again.

Doug Potter
Event Chair
2019 Mixed Doubles Nationals

LADIES SPIEL CANCELLED

Unfortunately, due to weather conditions. the ladies spiel has been cancelled.

The Cat in The House is taking a rest, but will be back for the ladies spiel next year.

Officiating Course in February

USA Curling holds an officiating clinic here in February. Saturday, February 2nd is the Level I course, Sunday, February 3rd is Level II. You can sign up for both. Use the link above for more information and signup.
Cost is $25/course. The club will reimburse you for $15 of the cost of each course if you officiate three of more draw times of the upcoming Mixed Doubles National Championship.

Club to Host 2019 Mixed Doubles National

Granite hosts the Mixed Doubles National Championship February 27th to March 3rd. New this year is, similar to the Men's and Women's championships, the twelve team field is decided by World Curling Tour points, winning certain bonspiels, and a challenge round.

We need all sorts of volunteers for this event - officials, webcasters, food preparation, sponsor development, crowd management, and some things I'm sure I have yet to think of. We are offering officiating clinics tentatively scheduled for the weekend of January 26th to qualify Level I and II officials. Please volunteer to mdnats@curlingseattle.org.

The club will have no other activities including leagues for the championship week February 25th to March 3rd.

2018-2019 League Registration Open!

Registration for 2018-2019 leagues is now open! Join us for another season of competition, fun, and camaraderie on the ice!

To register:

Or join us at one of our pre-season open houses for more information and to register in-person.

The Priority Registration Deadline is 11:59pm on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. Current members must register and pay by the Priority Registration Deadline to ensure best access to your desired leagues. Details on our league registration priority can be found in our League Over-Subscription Policy. Any paper registration forms must be received (not postmarked) by the Priority Registration Deadline to guarantee priority. Leagues begin this season on Thursday, September 27th!

League changes for this season

  • Friday Juniors League is now two half-season leagues. On the registration form, you’ll see two separate leagues: Fall Friday Juniors, running from September to December, and Winter Friday Juniors, running from January to March. You are welcome to register for both now, or wait and join the Winter league any time between now and December.
  • Sunday Mixed Doubles is a new league on Sundays at 7:30pm. Come play the newest Olympic curling discipline! This league is also two separate half-season leagues, Fall Sunday Mixed Doubles and Winter Sunday Mixed Doubles. This league is in addition to the Thursday Mixed Doubles league, which is available again this season on Thursdays at 5:30pm.
  • The Sunday Novice League is still a free add-on for any member. This league focuses on instruction, drills, and short games to hone the curling fundamentals of our newer or less-experienced members. It occurs on most Sundays at 11:30am.

For any questions about leagues, please contact Aaron Thompson at leaguesmgr@curlingseattle.org.

Last weekend at our annual Awards Banquet and General Meeting, we were proud to announce the recipients of this year's club-wide awards.

The Cruickshank Award, named after club founder and second president Cliff Cruickshank, is awarded annually to the member who represents the true Granite Spirit of Curling, as demonstrated through their outstanding volunteer service to GCC. This year's recipient was Lisa Rauliuk. Lisa has been the driving force behind our Juniors program for many years, and continues to contribute both to the Juniors program as well as using her creativity and enthusiasm to help our bonspiels and throughout the club. Congrats, Lisa!

Lifetime Membership is the highest honor GCC can bestow on a member, and is reserved for those long-time members who have made a legacy of sustained impact on our Club. This year we took the unusual step of awarding not one, but two Life Memberships. Congratulations to Lisa Rugen and Miyo Konno. Nobody at GCC can miss the impact that these two have made over the years, both through leadership positions within the club as well as being the behind-the-scenes heroes who have made countless contributions to the improvement of GCC and its membership.

Congratulations to all of our award recipients!

Seattle curlers win 2018 US National Men's Curling Championship

Persinger rink wins 2018 Men’s National Championship title and will represent US at World Curling Championships in Las Vegas at end of this month

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Greg Persinger’s team completed a successful week at Scheels Arena in Fargo, ND, and now will get to live out a dream representing the U.S. at the upcoming World Men’s Championship after defeating Heath McCormick tonight in the men’s gold-medal game of the 2018 USA Curling National Championships in Fargo, N.D.

“I don’t have any words to describe it,” said Persinger, 40, a father of three who owns a Cold Stone Creamery franchise with his wife. “I never thought the way this season started that I’d be sitting here. We picked up this guy (Richie) and here we are.”

With the 7-5 victory over McCormick’s team, Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska) and teammates Rich Ruohonen (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), Colin Hufman (St. Paul, Minn.), and Phil Tilker (Seattle) will compete in the 2018 World Men’s Championship March 31-April 8 at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

“It was 10 years ago that I made the Worlds with Craig Brown in Grand Forks and it was incredible there. I can only imagine it’s gonna be bigger and better in Vegas because I know a ton of people who are going,” said Ruohonen, who won the men’s title in 2008 and joined Team Persinger after last fall’s Olympic Team Trials where he was the alternate for Team McCormick.

Persinger, Huffman and Tilker played for Brady Clark's ( Lynnwood, WA) team which won the US National Championship in 2016. This is the second title for Persinger (2018, 2016), Ruohonen (2018, 2008) and Hufman (2018, 2016), and third for Tilker (2018, 2016, 2013) Huffman is a former Seattle resident and member of Seattle's Granite Club (www.curlingseattle.org ) before recently moving to Minnesota. Tilker currently lives in Seattle and is a member of the Granite Curling Club.

For McCormick (Sarnia, Ontario) and teammates Chris Plys (Duluth, Minn.), Korey Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.), and Tom Howell (Milwaukee, Wis.) it is a second tough championship final finish after losing the Olympic Trials final to John Shuster in November.

“It happens. We fought to the end and unfortunately it didn’t come out our way. It’s something to me and all of us will work a little bit harder next year and in the future,” said Dropkin, 22, who will represent the U.S. at the upcoming World Mixed Doubles Championship in Sweden.

The championship final was a game of momentum swings, patience and a few unfortunate picked stones.

“We did give up that steal, but I told the guys we had been playing well and getting deuces regularly with the hammer,” said Ruohonen, who will turn 47 on the opening day of the World Championship in Las Vegas. “We felt if we could get a deuce back that we’d be fine. We made some big shots. We had a couple of picks, which is how they got the deuce (in the fifth end). We felt like we were in control of the game and we played like we wanted to play all week. We played aggressive and made shots.”

Team Persinger capitalized on a missed runback in the second end with an open draw to score two points. The teams exchanged singles over the next two ends with Team McCormick taking advantage of a picked stone and a missed double takeout to draw into the rings for two points to tie the game at the halfway mark. McCormick’s team would continue with the game’s momentum in hand with a single steal in the sixth end when Persinger’s tap attempt with the final stone was not successful enough to score.

A great hit and roll from Ruohonen in the seventh end, however, set Team Persinger up for a critical deuce to take back the lead and, more importantly, the game’s momentum. Team Persinger extended its lead to two when a great freeze from Persinger forced McCormick to draw the four-foot. The final stone was heavy as Persinger took a 6-4 lead. Another great freeze with Persinger’s skip stone of the ninth end forced McCormick to draw the four-foot for a single point. Up one with the hammer, Team Persinger kept the house as uncluttered as possible and won the national title when McCormick’s final takeout attempt made contact with a corner guard – meaning Team Persinger did not have to throw the last rock with the winning point already in place.

“We were able to capitalize on a couple of different opportunities in the middle of the game. Between the deuce in five and the steal in six, we were feeling pretty good,” Dropkin said. “We had a few unfortunate misses or half shots in the seventh end. Heater saved us a little bit and were able to force the deuce. But the game just started to get a little bit away from us there.”

The World Women’s and World Men’s Championship will feature 13 competing teams for the first time and a new six-team playoff system. NBC Sports will provide coverage from both world championships. The 2019 National Championships will take place Feb. 9-16 in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Line score, men’s final:
Heath McCormick 001 021 001 0 – 5
*Greg Persinger 020 100 210 1 - 7
*last rock in first end

Gold:
Team Persinger: Greg Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), Rich Ruohonen (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), Colin Hufman (St. Paul, Minn. formerly from Seattle), Phil Tilker (Seattle)
Team Sinclair: Jamie Sinclair (St. Paul, Minn.), Alex Carlson (St. Paul, Minn.), Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.)

Silver:
Team McCormick: Heath McCormick (Sarnia, Ontario), Chris Plys (Duluth, Minn.), Korey Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.), Tom Howell (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Team Christensen: Cory Christensen (Duluth, Minn.), Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Jenna Martin (Wauwatosa, Wis.), Taylor Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Natalie Nicholson (Bemidji, Minn.)

Bronze:
Team Birr: Todd Birr (Ham Lake, Minn.), John Benton (Blaine, Minn.), Hunter Clawson (Clarksville, Md.), Tom O’Connor (Brooklyn Center, Minn.)
Team Farrell: Cora Farrell (Fairbanks, Alaska), Lexi Lanigan (Duluth, Minn.), Cait Flannery (Mankato, Minn.), Rebecca Miles (Duluth, Minn.)

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These Seattleites are serious about curling

By CASEY MARTIN • MAR 6, 2018

The Winter Olympics are over — but there's good news for curling fans. You don't have to wait four years to enjoy more thrilling curling action.

The Granite Curling Club in Seattle's Bitter Lake neighborhood hosts league play and will teach you how to throw stones, sweep and score like the pros.

But there is a learning curve.

“When you watch it, it looks really easy," said Jessica Schultz, an instructor at Granite Curling. "And then you come out and try it and you’re like — oh, that’s a lot harder than I thought it was."

Schultz added: “We really have a great sense of community here. This is the only sport I know of where I’ve played against a 90-year-old with a 12-year-old on my team. It’s just really fun because it’s inter-generational. Every skill level can try it. But not everyone is gonna go to the Olympics."

John Chang recently tried curling for the first time with his church group. The hardest part for him? Working that broom.

“The sweeping," he said. "Oh, man — the sweeping was so exhausting. I thought my arms we’re going to fall off."

Schultz said the club gets a lot of first timers during the Winter Olympics, and most get hooked.

“This is a volunteer-run club," she said. "So everybody out here is not getting paid. We’re doing it for the love of the sport and love of the community. I think a lot of people just find their second place. You’re not going to find the Seattle Freeze at the curling club. The only thing frozen here is the ice."

The club is also a hub for professional curlers. Five players from Seattle are currently at nationals in Duluth, Minnesota.

Listen to him talk about his experience on All Things Considered.