Gordon International Competition

March 15-17, 2018
Chair: Brian Moore

Eligibility: Participation is by invitation only. GNCC clubs are invited through a process mandated by the Grand National Curling Club based on the number of adult male members of each club.


The Gordon International Competition was first held on February 8th, 1884 in Montreal between two rinks each from the United States and Canada, and was won by the Milwaukee Curling Club, 36-28. Thus began a long-standing friendly rivalry and fellowship between the Canadian Branch of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club and the Grand National Curling Club. Each year, representatives of these curling or-ganizations compete for the Gordon International Medal, originally pre-sented by Mr. Robert Gordon of the St. Andrews Curling Club of New York. Mr. Gordon was born in Dumfries, Scotland on November 17, 1829, and came to New York in 1849.

The 2018 event marks the 135th year of the Gordon International Competition, and the 123rd time the competition has been held. The competition was not held in 1885-87 (smallpox epidemics), 1892-93, 1897-98 and 1902 (lack of ice), 1916-18 (World War I), and 1945 (World War II).

Until 1901, competitions were played with two rinks to each side. Today, matches are typically contested with 20 rinks per side playing two games each when held in the United States, or 20 American rinks playing two games each and 40 Canadian rinks playing one game each when held in Canada. The outcome of the match is determined by the total number of stones scored by each side in the two Gordon medal games. In the 122 prior competitions, the Canadians have won 92 matches, the Americans 30. The Americans won the Gordon Medal for the first time in 29 years in 2012, and the first time since 1969 away from home in Montreal. The American side won four of the last seven matches. Teams also typically compete in a series of friendly games prior to the main event. Last year in Montreal, three friendly games were contested by 20 rinks. The event will be split between Utica and Rochester in 2018.

Two other awards have been added to the Gordon International Competition over the years. In 1968, Addison Hastings of the Ardsley Curling Club presented the first Gordon Interna-tional Bowl—now the Add Hastings International Bowl—to the Canadian Branch of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club. This award is given annually to the rink on either side that has the largest plus score in any single Gordon medal game.

Utica Area Lodging

Hampton Inn and Suites
201 Woods Park Drive
Clinton, NY 13323
$109, includes breakfast (5 min from club)

Homewood Suites
185 Woods Park Drive
Clinton, NY 13323
$109, includes breakfast (5 minutes from club)

TownePlace Suites
4760 Middle Settlement Road
Whitesboro, NY 13492
$79 (King + sofa bed)
$109 (2 queens)
Includes breakfast (4 minutes from club)

Upcoming Events

1)  Sun Jan 20, 2019 02:00 pm
Skips Clinic
For new skips or anyone interested in learning more about strategy and tactics. RSVP to reserve a spot.
2)  Thu Jan 24, 2019 06:00 pm
Mixed Championship
Club Mixed Championship. Full members only. Thu, Sat-Sun, Jan 24, 25-26. Details.
3)  Thu Jan 31, 2019
GNCC Mixed Doubles Championship
Inaugural Mixed Doubles Championship for the Grand National Curling Club. GNCC members only. Thu-Sun, Jan 31-Feb 3. Details.
4)  Wed Feb 06, 2019 06:00 pm
Learn-to-Curl School
Learn to curl in three sesssions, Wednesdays, Feb 6, 13, 20, 6:00-7:30 pm. $60. Reserve your spot at membership at uticacurlingclub.org.
5)  Fri Feb 08, 2019
UCC College Bonspiel
Annual College Bonpsiel. Open format. Last chance to qualify for merit points for 2018-2019 season. USA Curling registered college curlers only. Fri-Sun, Feb 8-10. Details.
6)  Thu Feb 21, 2019
Cobb Bonspiel
Mixed format international bonspiel. Thu-Sun, Feb 21-24. Details.
7)  Sat Mar 02, 2019
Glengarry Challenge
Women's club championship. Full members only. Sat-Sun, Mar 2-3. Details.
8)  Thu Mar 21, 2019 06:00 pm
Rose Bonspiel
Closing bonspiel for members only. Mixed format. Thu-Sat, Mar 21-23. Details.