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 just this past year (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.
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.