United States secure spot at Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s Curling Championship

  • United States advance to Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s Curling Championship after winning the America’s Challenge © WCF / Richard Gray

United States have booked themselves a spot in the Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s Curling Championship 2019 in Lethbridge, Canada from 30 March to 7 April after winning the America’s Challenge in Chaska, United States.

The Americans, skipped by Rich Ruohonen, vice-skip Greg Persinger, second Colin Hufman and lead Phil Tilker, won four straight games at the America’s Challenge in to grab their place in the world championship next spring.

In a double round-robin format, Brazil, Guyana and United States battled for the right to earn the second spot from the America’s zone. United States sealed their fate in their last match against Guyana on Sunday 18 November with a final score of 9-3.

In the final game of the event, Guyana scored four points in the tenth end against Brazil to win 8-7. With the win, Guyana evened their playing record to two wins and two losses, while Brazil dropped four straight games.

With a second place finish, Guyana will compete at the World Qualification Event 2019 – in Naseby, New Zealand from 18-23 January for a second chance at qualifying.

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