The Start - Canadian Masters - Western Canada: Welcome

History - Canadian Masters Curling Championship

The Masters began as a men's event for male curlers over 60 in 1987.

Initially this event had been started for mens teams in the four western provinces. In the late 1990's, Ontario and Quebec joined the Masters Championship and soon  provinces from across Canada started competing as well. 1986 to 1999 was primarily for Provincial Championship teams  from  Western  Provinces.

The Ken Watson Memorial Shield was presented annually to the Canadian Masters Champions. James Kenneth Watson (1904 - 1986) was the first man to skip his rink to three Brier championships - 1939, 1942 and 1949. (Four  others have accomplished this feat since - Baldwin, Richardson, Northcott and Ferbey)  In 1973, Ken was elected to the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame as a curler & builder. 

The Canadian Masters  become a truly national event for the new millennium in 2000 !

The inaugural Canadian Master's Championship took place in March, 2000 at the Valley Curling Club in Cloverdale, B.C. Both Mens and Ladies teams competed for the 2000 Canadian Masters Championship titles.

 New Canadian  Master Championship Shield(s) were struck and have been awarded annually to the Canadian Masters Champions since that time.  It is hoped that more information about The Ken Watson Masters Championship Shield will become available.
The Shield is pictured with the 1987  Masters Champions ( B.C) at the bottom of this page.

 



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1987 -The First Masters Curling Champions
CANADIAN MASTERS CHAMPIONS - 1987 to 1999

Canadian Masters Championships - Western Canada

1999 -Saskatchewan - Bill Martin, Wilf Foss, Bill Simes , Fred Hill
Champions from the Tartan Club In Regina. Event Held in Tisdale Saskatchewan Club

1998 Saskatchewan -Doug Wankel - Vern Vallevand - Horace Wankel - Willie Boon
This team represents the Loreburn Curling Club. Event held event in Airdrie, Alberta

1997 - Alberta Bill Clark - Cy Little - Murray MacDonald - Bud Purkiss
This Alberta rink is from the Calgary Curling Club. Event held in Brandon, Manitoba

1996 - Saskatchewan - Doug Wankel, Vern Vallevand, Horace Wankel , Elmer Knutson
Representing the Elbow Curling Club. Event held - Oliver, British Columbia

1995 - Saskatchwan - Garnet Campbell, Ernie Vaughan,Willie Kosior, Gordon Campbell
From the Avonlea Curling Club . Event held in Eston, Saskatchewan

1994 - Alberta - Bill Clark, Murray MacDonald,Bud Purkiss, Dan Schmaltz, Brett Waldorf - coach
This Alberta rink is from the Calgary Curling Club. Event held in Gibbons Alberta

1993- Saskatchewan- Andy Tryhuba, Gordon Grimes, Ben Kollman , Stew St. John
From the Major Curling Club. Event held in Brandon, Manitoba

1992- Saskatchewan- Garnet Campbell, Ernie Vaughan,Willie Kosior, Gordon Campbell
From the Avonlea Curling Club , event held in Duncan, British Columbia

1991- Saskatchewan- Garnet Campbell, Ernie Vaughan,Willie Kosior, Gordon Campbell
From the Avonlea Curling Club, event held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

1990- Bristish Columbia - Gordon Carmichel , Ralph Fulford, Duke Collins, Mike Zabrick
From the Duncan Curling Club , Host city amd Province to be researched.

1989- Saskatchewan- Garnet Campbell, Ernie Vaughan,Willie Kosior, Gordon Campbell
From the Avonlea Curling Club. Event held in Avonlea, Saskatchewan

1988- Alberta - Ray Tull, Joe Yurchevich, Tom Hugh, Keith Laatsch
From the Glencoe Curling Club (Calgary). Event held in Trail, British Columbia.

1987 - British Columbia -George Beaudry , Red Koehle, John Bowles, Bill Holland
From the Nelson Curling Club (B.C.) Inaugural Event - held in Regina Saskatchewan.

George Beaudry , Red Koehle, John Bowles, Bill Holland   made History by becoming the first curlers to win the Canadian Masters Championship.

Championship Curling for 60 + plus Athletes had become a reality.



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George,Red, John, Bill - and the Ken Watson Shield