The Chris Doremus rink from Texas won the 7th annual Midland Open Bonspiel defeating the Will Nordine rink from Kalamazoo. Sixteen teams from Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Texas and Ontario participated in the 3-day competition October 20-22.
Doremus was on the committee that started this bonspiel in 2011, and he was the winning skip in 2012 as a member of the Midland Curling Club. Since then he has participated each year representing the Houston Curling Club. The winning team included the two youngest curlers in the competition. 12-year old Nathan Doremus was vice-skip; Ryan Quinn of Midland played 2nd; and lead was 9-year old Anthony Doremus. It was Nathan’s 5th trip to the Midland Bonspiel and Anthony’s first.
Dan and Julie Ostheimer from the Petersham Curling Club in Massachusetts, also Midland Curling Club alumni, won the A Consolation Event, curling with Michelle Debuck and Andrew McCullom of Midland. They defeated the Caleb Bennett rink from Ft. Wayne.
Ken Burdett, Midland’s hard-working and esteemed volunteer icemaker, captured the B Event crown, curling with Pete Waters, Dave Jezowski and Janice Hawrelak. They defeated the Henry Clement rink from Blackhawk Curling Club in Wisconsin. Mike Graves and his brother Dave teamed up with Michigan Tech students Alexis Schroeder and B. J. Kent for a Midland/ Copper Country team and beat the Ron Klatt rink from Sarnia in the C Event championship.