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Lank and Farbelow rinks capture 2017 Senior National titles

By Terry L. Davis | Jan. 29, 2017, 4:48 p.m. (ET)

For Immediate Release

Jan. 29, 2017

Lank, Farbelow rinks win 2017 Senior National Championships

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – In her first senior event, five-time women’s national champion Patti Lank left no doubt that her team was the one to beat at this year’s USA Curling Senior Women’s National Championship as the 52-year-old led her team to a perfect 6-0 weekend at the Evergreen Curling Club and will now represent the U.S. at the 2017 World Senior Championships.

Joining Lank’s team will be Mike Farbelow’s rink, which defeated Minnesota’s Jeff Erickson today to win the 2017 Senior Men’s National Championship title in Centerville, Wis.

Lank and her team of Tracy Lawless (Hawthorn Hills, Ill.), Kathy Pielage (Verona, Wis.), and Sandra Brown (Lewiston, N.Y.) scored two points in the final end to defeat three-time senior champ Margie Smith’s team, 7-5, in Beaverton, Ore. Smith and teammates Debbie Dexter (St. Paul, Minn.), Peggy Gazzola (Apple Valley, Minn.), and Shelly Kosal (Edgerton, Wis.) quickly fell behind Lank’s team and could never gain a lead in the two-point loss.

It will be the first world senior championship appearance for Lank’s team. It will also mark the first for Farbelow (Minneapolis, Minn.), 53, but back-to-back for his teammates Geoff Goodland (Eau Claire, Wis.), Tim Solin (Mahtomedi, Minn.), Pete Westberg (Woodbury, Minn.), and Jeff Annis (Mapleton, Minn.). The Lank and Farbelow teams will now become Team USA for the 2017 World Senior Championships April 22-29 in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Lank, a native of Saskatchewan, won a silver medal for the U.S. at the 1999 World Women’s Championship and competed at multiple women’s national championships, winning five times. She also competed in four Olympic Team Trials. This will be the fourth world championship for Goodland, 61. He won silver at the 2011 World Seniors along with Solin and Westberg, who will make their third appearances at the event.

The Farbelow team used steals to their advantage in a decisive 7-2 win over Jeff Erickson’s team.

Both men’s teams came into the final with undefeated records and first-round playoff byes. Erickson (Proctor, Minn.) and his team of Darin Holt (Farmington, Minn.), Tom Holt (Grafton, N.D.), Darren Kress (Shakopee, Minn.), and Thomas Pecchia (White Bear Lake, Minn.) stole the opening end but then didn’t get back on the scoreboard until the fifth and found themselves in a 5-2 deficit. After holding Farbelow’s team to a single in the sixth, Erickson’s squad gave up a single steal in the seventh end and offered the handshake to conclude the match.

The Senior National Championships have been contested since 2002. The U.S. men have gone on to win the world title three times since (2002, 2010, 2015) while the highest finish for the American ladies at the world senior women’s championship has been bronze (2015, 2014, 2007, 2004, 2002).

Line score, women’s gold-medal game:

Margie Smith          000 202 10 – 5

*Patti Lank              202 010 02 – 7

Line score, men’s gold-medal game:

Jeff Erickson            100 010 0x – 2

*Mike Farbelow     011 301 1x – 7       

*last rock in first end

Gold medalists, Team Lank: Patti Lank (Lewiston, N.Y.), Kathy Pielage (Verona, Wis.), Tracy Lawless (Hawthorn Hills, Ill.), Sandra Brown (Lewiston, N.Y.)

Gold medalists, Team Farbelow: Mike Farbelow (Minneapolis, Minn.), Geoff Goodland (Eau Claire, Wis.), Tim Solin (Mahtomedi, Minn.), Pete Westberg (Woodbury, Minn.), Jeff Annis (Mapleton, Minn.)

Silver medalists, Team Smith: Margie Smith (Shoreview, Minn.), Debbie Dexter (St. Paul, Minn.), Peggy Gazzola (Apple Valley, Minn.), Shelly Kosal (Edgerton, Wis.)

Silver medalists, Team Erickson: Jeff Erickson (Proctor, Minn.), Darin Holt (Farmington, Minn.), Tom Holt (Grafton, N.D.), Darren Kress (Shakopee, Minn.), Thomas Pecchia (White Bear Lake, Minn.)

Third place:

Team Sieg: Lyle Sieg (Blaine, Wash.), Tom Violette (Issaquah, Wash.), Steve Lundeen (Seattle), Ken Trask (Seattle)

Team Mellerup: Dennis Mellerup (Hoboken, N.J.), Dannie Steski (Shoreham, N.Y.), Bill Nickle (Long Valley, N.J.), Bill Peskoff (Glen Gardner, N.J.)

Team Carothers: Susan Carothers (Fairbanks, Alaska), Ardis Bourque (Fairbanks, Alaska), Elaine Thompson McGee (North Pole, Alaska), Lynda Sather (Fairbanks, Alaska)

Team Horn: Debra Horn (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Martha Naber (Niskayuna, N.Y.), Karen Hamilton (Grove City, Ohio), Connie Kupferschmidt (St. Paul, Minn.)

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