FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 17, 2008 Past champions open with wins at 2008 U.S. Senior Nationals (HIGHLAND PARK, Ill.) - Five-time U.S. men's national champion Paul Pustovar (Hibbing, Minn.) led his senior men's team to a 12-5 victory to open the 2008 U.S. Senior Nationals Wednesday afternoon at the Exmoor Curling Club in Highland Park, Ill. Pustovar and teammates Robert Magie (Duluth, Minn.), Tony Berarducci (Side Lake, Minn.) and Richard Maskel (Green Bay, Wis.) stole the opening end against the Michael Parry rink from Massachusetts but then fell behind 5-2 after four ends. The team regained the lead with four points in the fifth end and stole the remaining three ends to begin the competition on the winning side of the standings. Also posting a win this afternoon was Leland Rich's Alaska squad as they scored three points in the final end to squeak past Phil DeVore's Duluth, Minn., team. George Godfrey's 2004 senior national champions easily defeated Merlin Orvik's Minnesota team, 9-3. The Brian Simonson rink, 2006 senior national champions, defeated Duke Grimshaw's Michigan team, 6-4, by scoring two in an extra end. The 2008 Senior Nationals continue at 4 p.m. CT today. The women's teams begin competition at noon CT Thursday. Live scoring from this event is available at www.usacurl.org. The round robin continues through Sunday. The top two teams from each pool will meet in Sunday's semifinal with the championship final on tap at 8 a.m. Monday. The winning teams will represent the U.S. at the World Senior Championships in Vierumaki, Finland, March 8-16. Line scores: DeVore 102 010 20 6 *Rich 020 101 03 7 *Parry 020 300 00 5 Pustovar 101 042 31 12 Simonson 010 200 102 6 *Grimshaw 001 002 010 4 *Godfrey 401 103 XX 9 Orvik 020 010 XX 3 *last stone in first end Standings: Pool A: Paul Pustovar (Minnesota) 1-0 Brian Simonson (Minnesota) 1-0 George Godfrey (Wisconsin) 1-0 Leland Rich (Alaska) 1-0 Phil DeVore (Minnesota) 0-1 Merlin Orvik (Minnesota) 0-1 Duke Grimshaw (Michigan) 0-1 Michael Parry (Massachusetts) 0-1 Pool B: David Russell (Wisconsin) 0-0 Seppo Sormunen (Minnesota) 0-0 Jeff Wright (Illinois) 0-0 Stuart Graves (Massachusetts) 0-0 David Garber (Wisconsin) 0-0 Lionel Locke (Minnesota) 0-0 George Austin (New York) 0-0 Walter Ehlert (Wisconsin) 0-0 Women's standings: Pam Oleinik (Wisconsin) 0-0 Delores Montgomery (Ohio) 0-0 Star Pfiffner (Wisconsin) 0-0 Jamie Hutchinson (Massachusetts) 0-0 USA Curling is sponsored by AIT Worldwide Logistics, AmerAust Technologies and Nike as well as by AT,T, General Motors, The Home Depot, and Bank of America through a joint marketing program with the U.S. Olympic Committee. (30) For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling, email@example.com, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202, or 608-338-9900 (cell).