Granite to host fundraising cashspiel

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:13 AM ET

The Mother Club will be hosting the mother of all senior men's cashspiels this winter.

And raise money for prostate cancer research to boot.

A 64-team field will vie for $33,000, believed to be one of the richest purses ever offered to senior competitors, at the Granite Curling Club, Feb. 3-7, 2005.

"There's never really been this big a bonspiel for senior men here," bonspiel chairman Don Duguid said yesterday. "This will give some great curlers who have never had a chance to compete at a Brier an opportunity to make some big money against good competition."

The winning team will earn $1,400 with the runner-up getting $700. And the final will be televised live by Shaw Cable, with Bob Picken and his popular curling crew.

The Granite also has some very special plans to raise some coin for the prostate cancer research, a disease that is common to the age group. For $20, fans will gain admission and a special stopwatch, with proceeds going to the charity. There will be specials on the menu each day.

"We've got some great corporate sponsorship and we will have a live band on Friday and Saturday," said Duguid, a two-time world champion. "So, it's not just a bonspiel but it will be a happening to raise funds for research."

Although it is deemed a senior men's spiel, senior women teams would be considered, Duguid said.

Entry is $500 per team. To enter, contact Terry Braunstein c/o the Granite Curling Club, 22 Mostyn Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0Y9.


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