The 17th annual Golden Hammer Bonspiel was hosted at the Comox Valley Curling Club this past weekend (Nov. 2-4), drawing 22 teams from the central Island.
The only rule of entry being the participants had to be over the age of 50, explaining the “golden” in the bonspiel moniker. “Good curling was the featured attraction, as well as a fabulous banquet prepared by our own Comox Valley Caterers, thank you Mark, and a pancake breakfast organized by Jack Holden and his army of volunteers on Saturday morning,” said an event spokesperson. “This committee worked very hard to make this a special weekend and an event curlers would like to return to. They, along with dedicated volunteers and great community support, achieved their goal.”
The Francis Jeweller’s “A” Event was a repeat win for Campbell River’s Dean Thulin and teammates Ken Dawson, Brad Sullivan and Tom Green. The local Wayne Harris team appeared to run out of gas early in the game, and Velcro ripped and hands shook after six ends. Both of these teams are eyeing the senior Island play downs and team Harris is looking for a rematch….soon! Ed Schmuland of Campbell River finished third and Tom Franklin fourth.
The “B” Event sponsored this year by Benco Ventures was a closer match, going the full distance, between a pair of local rinks. Dave Pacholuk’s rink of George Warren, Bruce Taylor and Paul Otto pulled out the win over the Jim Hogarth squad to claim the hardware. Teams Veitch and Woodward picked up third and fourth prizes.
The Crown Isle Golf Resort “C” Event final was another crowd pleaser with a tight score through the eight ends. Vern Reimer emerged victorious, with teammates Joe Schommer, May Reimer (last girl standing) and Ron Sawula, over the local Grant Morrison foursome. The Alberti and Kirkosky rinks placed third and fourth, respectively.
An added spin to the bonspiel was the Crown Isle draw to the button, with the winner receiving a one-year social membership to the resort. All players in the event were allowed a single shot with the competition coming down to a final four. Dave Pacholuk was the first to throw in the final round, and he made it a good one, covering the pin. None of the other finalists could match it and we wish Dave good golfing.
Again the committee thanks the event sponsors as well as Thrifty Foods, The Old House Resort and Spa and Quality Foods for their support as well as the staff and volunteers that made this a successful weekend.
– Comox Valley Curling Club