Great curling, fun and sportsmanship was enjoyed by 20 local and four out-of-town teams at The Golden Hammer Bonspiel, held Nov. 5-7 at the Comox Valley Curling Club.
Sunday’s finals provided some exciting action. In the ‘A’ event, sponsored by Francis Jewellers, local teams skipped by Ron Schmidt and Paul Kingan battled hard with the game coming down to the last rock. Schmidt made a clean take-out to claim victory. Schmidt’s teammates were Frank Voysey third, Stu Larsen second and Buck Briggs lead.
The ‘B’ event final, sponsored by Comox Valley Dodge Chrysler Jeep, featured the Lynne Noble rink from Parksville against a local team skipped by Doug Forbes-King. After being behind for several ends, the Noble rink rallied late in the game for a hard-fought victory. Helping Noble with her win was Lorraine Jeffries third, Lorraine Gagnon second and Kristin Nickells lead.
The ‘C’ event final, sponsored by Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community, had the local favourite Wayne Harris rink pitted against the Pat Rawson rink from the Marpole Curling Club in Vancouver. Local knowledge of the ice proved to be the winning formula in this game as Harris cruised to victory. Harris’ ringers were Richard Tanguay third, Alan deJersey second and Rick Thomson lead.
One of the fun features of The Golden Hammer Bonspiel is the Crown Isle-sponsored Draw to the Button contest. All players have an opportunity to participate. After preliminary rounds on Friday and Saturday, the three finalists had their chance to win an annual social golf membership for themselves and their teammates at Crown Isle. With the help of his skip Paul Kingan and sweepers Marv Damen third and Don Nickason second, local curler Cy Gouthro, who played lead, did just that.