By Frank Flegel
The 40th anniversary of the Friar’s Brier played March 5-9 in Regina had a couple of special moments: The Gold Medal rink, a combination of members from Saskatchewan and Alberta, skipped by Guy Scholz, scored an eight ender on the last end of the championship game; and Shirley Schmirler, mother of legendary curling Gold Medal Olympian Sandra Schmirler, took part in the opening ceremonies.
“It was really special to have Shirley with us,” said David Martin, Chair of the Friar’s Brier Association. Martin noted there is a special connection between Guy Scholz and the Schmirler family. Scholz wrote Gold on Ice, a book that detailed the storied career of Sandra Schmirler that led to her rink winning the Gold Medal at the 1998 Nagona Winter Olympics, the first year women’s curling was recognized as an Olympic sport. Martin also noted the eight ender was a first in the 40-year history of the Friar’s Brier.
There was some concern that this year’s...Read More