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Curling News UNITED STATES December/January 2011 • Volume 66 Number 2 Established 1945 • • $2.50 Fenson inducted into Hall of Fame by Terry Kolesar, Editor B INSIDE: SERVICE FOR YOU: Member Services has a lot to offer. Page 3. GOOD CURLING Single phrase has so much meaning. Page 4. COLLEGE CRAZE: 20 years of college tourneys. Page 6. TURKEY TIME: Wisconsin team set to head to Turkey. Page 9. HOSTESS TIME: St. Paul set to host Sr. & Mixed Worlds. Page 10. TOP TRAINING: Nutmeg offers unique learning experience. Page 11. FARGO!: Head to Fargo in 2011. Page 12. DEPARTMENTS Bonspiel Results – P14 College Curling – P6 Comics–P6 Curler’s Calendar–P5 Member Services–P3 Rocket Exhaust–P5 Tales from Sheet 9–P7 USWCA – P4 ob Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) has been a significant part of USA Curling’s history on and off the ice throughout his 40plus career with the sport. That storied career has been affirmed as Fenson was inducted into the USA Curling Hall of Fame this fall in the builder category. “It’s a great honor to be inducted into the USCA Hall of Fame, and I feel privileged to be in the company of the other inductees,” Fenson said. Fenson “It’s amazing to be given an award for something I enjoy so much.” Fenson, 64, coached son Pete Fenson to curling’s first Olympic medal in 2006 when Pete’s team defeated Great Britain for the bronze medal in Torino, Italy. But, his career began much further back than that storied day. “The two most instrumental people in getting me involved in curling were my aunt, Norma Olson, who introduced me to the game in 1960 when I was 13 years old, and my father, Walt, who also encouraged me to play,” Fenson said. “I really value and appreciate all the people I’ve met and friendships I’ve made through curling. It’s not difficult to give some back to something I’ve enjoyed my whole life. It’s great to be part of the curling family. As an athlete, Fenson played in five National Championships, winning the title in 1979. He also won the U.S. Senior Nationals in 2003 and brought home a silver medal from the World Senior Championships that season. His resume as a coach is extensive ranging from junior national championships to the Olympic Games. Fenson coached at the Men’s and Women’s National Championships Please see HALL OF FAME on Page 15. 20th College tournament on tap Detroit marks 125 years! The National College Tournament will mark its 20th event this season. The Chicago-area curling clubs once again will host the event, which will take place March 11-13. This is a great opportunity for college curlers to curl against their peers in an event that costs little to attend and provides great camaraderie in return. The entry fee for this year’s event will be $120 per team. The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. CT on March 1. Get your entries in early to assure acceptance. There will be 32 teams with a waiting list starting after that number is reached. Divisions will be seeded based on experience with awards handed out to all levels. The Detroit Curling Club recently celebrated its 125th anniversary. Detroit’s Chuck Thomas (back, l-r), Doug Campbell, Dennis O’Connor (front, l-r) and Paul Szmigiel represented Detroit at the 1984 U.S. National Championships held in Hibbing, Minn. See story about the celebration on Page 7 in David Garber’s column, “Tales from Sheet Nine.” Please see COLLEGE TOURNEY on Page 6. Chicago set to host 2011 Senior Bonspiel by Mike Griem, Chairman 2011 Senior Men’s Bonspiel T he 2011 National Senior Men’s Curling Championships, sponsored by the U.S. Senior Men’s Curling Association (USSMCA), will be cohosted by Chicago Curling Club and Exmoor Curling T H E I C E S P O R T Club from Feb. 17-20. Chicago-area curling clubs also co-hosted this event in 1992, 1998, and 2004. The championships are the largest U.S. bonspiel. They offer an unparalleled opportunity for camaraderie and fair competition among senior curlers. Prior participants have come from 70 U.S. curling clubs, 27 of which have hosted the O F event. This bonspiel should not be confused with the USA Curling Senior National Championships, which determines teams for the World Senior Championships. The Chicago venue is extremely popular because of the great hospitality, excellent curling facilities, and access to one of America’s most interesting F I T N E S S A N D cities. The prompt return of your entry form will be needed to secure a place in the championships. While as many as 88 rinks have participated in prior Chicago area Championships, the 2011 Please see SENIOR BONSPIEL on Page 15. F I N E S S E

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