Eight Enders

An eight-ender occurs when a team scores eight points in a single end of curling. Like a perfect game in baseball or a hole-in-one in golf or a perfect 300 game in bowling, it may be a once-in-a-lifetime event! It is the ultimate curling score. Eight-enders are so rare that USA Curling recognizes all teams that accomplish this feat with an eight-ender patch. The Charlotte Curling Association was founded in 2010 and in 2016 we had our first eight-ender.

If you are one of the lucky ones that scores an eight ender, there are procedures to follow to get your names and photos on the web and in newsletters. First and foremost, don’t move the rocks, and take pictures. Then follow the procedures below:

  • Print hard copies of two photos of the eight-ender, preferably with the members of the team.
  • Send both photos with an explanation on the date, place, event and team roster to USA Curling, 5525 Clem’s Way, Stevens Point, WI 54482. The team roster should be identified as shown in the photo, left to right, by name and position played on the team.
  • Electronic copies of the photo can also be submitted (in addition to the printed copies) for possible inclusion in the electronic version of the U.S. Curling News.
  • Please include contact information (mailing address, phone number, and email) for the team contact person. Patches will be mailed to this address. In addition, a short description of the eight-ender, including any interesting facts, should be submitted.
  • All eight-enders are registered with the American Curling Foundation & Museum and an acknowledgement published in the U.S. Curling News.

April 11, 2016

l-r: Omar Van Rooyen, Curt Novotny, Todd Becher, Dave Thompson

The first eight-ender in Charlotte Curling Association history was scored by the rink of Omar Van Rooyen (skip), Dave Thompson (vice), Todd Becher (second), and Curt Novotny (lead) on April 11, 2016 in the Monday Night Competitive League.

October 21, 2017

l-r: Joe Filanowicz, Jim Hackl, Jeremy Hozjan, Mario Riveron

On October 21, 2017 at the Peachtree Curling Association in Marietta, Georgia, Team Hozjan—skip Jeremy Hozjan, with Joe Filanowicz and Jim Hackl from the Charlotte Curling Association (Charlotte, NC), and Mario Riveron from Triangle Curling Club (Durham, NC)—scored an eight-ender with the hammer in the second end. This was the first eight-ender for all four curlers and the Peachtree Curling Association.

March 15, 2019

l-r: Alex Visnich, Nick Visnich, Jeremy Hozjan, Steve McKee

On March 15, 2019, 11:00am at the Sherbrooke Curling Club in Sherbrooke, Québec as part of the Gordon International between USA and Canada, Team Hozjan—skip Jeremy Hozjan, vice Nick Visnich, 2nd Alex Visnich, and lead Steve McKee—scored an eight-ender in their 2nd game of the 3 game friendly event. This was Jeremy's second and the first eight-ender for Nick, Alex, and Steve.

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