Bob Chlan of Nanaimo prevailed over a full field of 32 teams as Parksville and Qualicum District curling clubs joined forces for the annual Masters 55+ Open Bonspiel in both communities.
Chlan and rink mates Harold Levesque, Dan Danylchuk and Bob Fleming outduelled Parksville’s Bruce Feltham to claim the Quality Foods A event and overall bonspiel title on Sunday in Parksville.
The three-day event, open to men’s, women’s and mixed teams, wrapped up with an awards banquet Sunday evening at Parksville Curling Club. The bonspiel drew teams from throughout Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.
Parksville’s Mike Gatenby releases a shot during opening-round play in the Masters 55+ bonspiel Friday afternoon in Qualicum Beach. — Image credit: J.R. Rardon/PQB NEWS
Other winners included the Lyle Boyce team of Campbell River in the Dolly’s Home Hardware B event; the Jack Holden team of the Comox Valley in the Parksville Lordco C event; the Norm Carlberg team of Qualicum Beach in the Qualicum Pharmasave D event and the Brian Scorer team of Nanaimo in the Chuck’s Automotive E event.
Additional event winners were David Sakai of Qualicum Beach, Craig Rampton of Langley and Shirley Wong of Parksville.
More bonspiels on tap
Next up for Parksville Curling Club will be its Women’s Open bonspiel Jan. 20-22. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and for more info visit www.parksvillecurling.com.
Qualicum District Curling Club will host its Men’s Open bonspiel the same weekend. To register or for more info, call the club at 250-752-6162 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or visit qualicumcurling.ca.
Bottle drive Sunday in Parksville
Parksville Curling Club will bolster the Ballenas Secondary School junior curling teams’ fortunes this weekend when it hosts a bottle drive Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The bottle/can drive will be held at the curling club, located at the entrance to Community Park. Those delivering items can use the parking lot adjacent to the entrance to Surfside RV Resort.
Funds raised will help defray travel costs for local juniors in provincial competition.
— NEWS Staff