The Stettler Elks hosted the Elks’ provincial curling championships last weekend at the Stettler Curling Club.
The event saw 12 teams from across the province competing for the opportunity to advance to the Elks national competition in Regina in early April.
“It takes a bit of preparation,” said Neil Morrow, the exalted ruler of the Stettler Elks.
“But it helps the community and raises the profile of our organization.”
The playdowns were officially opened on Friday by Red Deer piper Frank Neelands, with Stettler Coun. Malcolm Fischer bringing greetings of welcome from the town.
Blaine Kyle, curling co-ordinator from the Elks provincial organization, was on hand for the opening and throughout the bonspiel.
The participating teams from Hanna (three), Heisler (two), Pincher Creek, Olds, Breton, Sherwood Park, Stavely, Medicine Hat and Red Deer competed in various men’s age categories. There was one women’s team, but no mixed teams.
The last time the Stettler Elks hosted such an event, it was the national competition in 2003.
Men’s seniors (50-plus)
A. Ernie Buchfink, Hanna
B. Dennis Gillespie, Stavely
Men’s masters (60-plus)
A. Mel Depauli, Stavely
B. Don Coty, Red Deer
A. Lorne Schulte, Heisler
B. Mickey Heisler, Heisler
Women’s — Shannon Gross, Hanna— BLACK PRESS