Fort Frances’ annual unique duathlon of curling and golf didn’t come down to a draw to the button or a draw shot around some trees.
Instead, it was a Las Vegas-style draw from a deck of cards.
Barb Roy and her team of Dave Legge, Ernie Brunetta, and Neil Whitefield were named champs of the third-annual “Sticks & Stones” event hosted jointly by the Fort Frances Curling Club and Kitchen Creek Golf Club on Friday and Saturday.
Roy’s quartet tied the foursome of Ron Silver, Chris Silver, Davis Jackson, and Andy Crook with 35 points apiece after two four-end curling games sandwiched around a nine-hole round of golf.
With the day getting late, the decision was made to forego a draw to the button as the tie-breaker in favour of a simple highest-card-wins selection by both teams.
“Barb drew a three,” recounted Ron Silver, who is president of the curling club.
“Davis [then] stepped up and, in dramatic fashion, ended up drawing a two,” he noted.
“Nobody could believe it.”
The 12-team event saw the curling games rotate the players on each team to all four positions.
Meanwhile, the golf portion featured a “best ball” format with a points system that benefitted the less-accomplished golfers.
Players also were required to use different clubs to tee off at different holes.
“It’s still a popular event and people have a lot of fun at it,” said Silver.
“It was nice for us that the weather was much better for the golfing this year than last year.
“The event really helps promote the golf course and the curling club,” added Silver.
“If you’re normally a golfer, we’d like you to come out and try curling, and the same if you’re a curler who has maybe been thinking about trying golf.”
The team of Dan McFayden, Kevin Busch, Morris Fillion, and Wayne Roy wound up in third place.
Meanwhile, the local curling season kicked into full gear this week, with the various daily leagues seeing their first action.
“There’s still more room for players,” said Silver.
“Teams are looking for single players to fill out their teams,” he noted.
“And you can also put your name on the spare board and just pay based on the number of games you play.”