Established in 2012, the Prairie State Challenge was created to give curlers, especially those who don’t have dedicated facilities, the opportunity to get on the ice for an exciting weekend of comradery, gameplay, and socialization. This open event, sponsored by the Midwest Curling Association, is free to MCA members and provides curlers the chance to mingle with other teams in the Midwest region at the beginning of the curling season.
This year, 24 teams from seven regional curling clubs played in the two-day event hosted by Exmoor Country Club and Chicago Curling Club. This was our biggest turnout for the Prairie State Challenge in several years, so thanks to all those who participated! And, congratulations to all the winners and runner-ups!
We look forward to seeing everyone again at the next Prairie State Challenge!
1st Event Winner: Exmoor Country Club
Jeff Wright, Russ Armstrong (not pictured), Sean Silver (not pictured), Steve Waters, and Russ Brown
1st Event Runner-up: Windy City Curling Club
Scott Rutherford, Greg Stewart, George Collins, and Michael Lerner
2nd Event Winner: Windy City Curling Club
Tom Sikma, Girithar Anthay Suthakaran, Zac Wiles, and Eric Clifford
2nd Event Runner-up: Chicago Curling Club
James-Grant Robertson, Philip Ledbetter, Aaron Knowlton, and Adam Pitzer
3rd Event Winner: Chicago Curling Club
Mike Reid, Margaret Schwarz, Jeff Swier, and Maureen Zwier
3rd Event Runner-up: Windy City Curling Club
Simon Ganet, Chris Collander, Kenny Kriha, and Beth DeGeeter
4th Event Winner: Waltham Curling Club
Maxwell Salander, Logan Brandner, Logan Fahr, and Paul Salander
4th Event Runner-up: Windy City Curling Club
Eric Reithel, Brooke Borowiak, Lauren Visser, and Aaron Visser
Written by: Shannon Brown