SOUTH CAROLINA CURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
DRAWS EIGHT TEAMS TO COMPETE FOR GOLD
GREENVILLE, SC, March 16, 2011 – Competition for the first Curling Championship in South Carolina’s history began March 1 at the Greenville County Recreation District’s Pavilion ice facility. The Championship, hosted by the Palmetto Curling Club, is comprised of two divisions of four teams who play an eight game preliminary round to determine the divisional winners. Games consist of seven ends, with the winning team receiving two points while the losing team receives no points. If a game ends in a tie, each team is awarded a point. The teams with the highest number of points in each division will meet for the State Championship on May 24.
Currently, the team skipped by Anne Wiggins, originally from Westport, CT, leads the Palmetto Division with three points by virtue of having no losses. Wiggins, a former U.S. Senior Women’s National Champion, commented “I was really proud of our team last night. We came back to score three points in the last end to salvage a point and remain undefeated. Anything can happen in curling, and I was glad to see it go our way.”
Similarly, Glenn Foster’s team remained undefeated last night and sits atop the Upstate Division. Foster, originally from Sydney, Nova Scotia, skips three teammates who all work for the Cliffs Communities. He commented about the parallels between curling and its more well known Scottish cousin: “My guys are around golf all the time, and it has been interesting to see how fast they have been able to translate some of the strategic decision-making needed in golf over to curling. We have been very successful so far.” Foster’s team is the only team in the Championship without a loss or tie.
The State Championship resumes next Tuesday, March 22, at 7:30 pm at the Greenville County Recreation District’s Pavilion Ice Facility. Admission is free for spectators, but there is a $10 fee for those wanting to participate in a Learn-to-Curl session on the Palmetto Curling Club’s extra sheet of ice.
The Palmetto Curling Club is a South Carolina non-profit corporation established in 2010 by a few Upstate enthusiasts who envision the distinctive cultural and innovation contribution curling can make to Greenville and the Upstate. The Palmetto Curling Club meets Tuesday evenings at the GCRD Pavilion.
Curling is an ancient Scottish sport played on ice where each member of a four-person team “shoots” 42-pound granite stones across the ice toward a target. The team’s objective is to position as many of its stones closer to the target than its opponent’s nearest stone during each “end” to earn points. The winner is the team that has the most points at the game’s conclusion. Curling is a sport of honor, tradition, and integrity that requires both physical dexterity and complex decision-making. It made its official debut as a medal sport in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano Japan.
Week 3 Results – March 15, 2011
Wiggins 5, Philip 5
Cooney 4, Sharkey 4
Foster 7, Blamey 5
Marshall 6, Plante 5
Week 2 Results – March 8, 2011
Sharkey 7, Philip 3
Blamey 7, Marshall 6
Cooney 9, Plante 1
Week 1 Results – March 1, 2011
Wiggins 7, Cooney 4
Foster 8, Plante 2
Marshall 9, Sharkey 2
2011 South Carolina Curling Championship Standings