Kathy O'Rourke

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Kathleen O'Rourke
Curler
Team
Curling club Charlottetown CC,
Charlottetown, PE
Career
Hearts appearances 6 (1989, 1991, 1996,
1999, 2002, 2010)
Other appearances Canadian Mixed (1989, 1999)

Kathleen "Kathy" O'Rourke (born c. 1965)[1] is a Canadian curler from Summerside, Prince Edward Island. She is a six-time provincial champion and is a former Canadian Mixed Champion.

Career[edit]

O'Rourke played in her first national women's championship in 1989, playing second for Kathie Gallant. The team finished 4-7. In 1991, she made it again, playing second for Angela Roberts, finishing 2-9. She made her third trip in 1996, playing third for Susan McInnes, finishing 6-5. This qualified the team for a tie-breaker match, which they lost to the defending champion Connie Laliberte (Team Canada) rink. In 1999, she returned once again, playing third for Rebecca Jean MacPhee, finishing with a 6-5 record once again, but missing the playoffs. In 2002, she made her fifth national championship, her first as skip. She finished the round robin with a 3-8 record. She won her sixth provincial championship in 2010, throwing second stones and skipping for Erin Carmody, and later won a silver medal at the 2010 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.[1]

In mixed curling, O'Rourke won the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship in 1989, playing lead for Robert Campbell. She played third at the 1999 Canadian Mixed, for Peter MacDonald, but did not win. She is married to Mark O'Rourke, her teammate in her 1989 Mixed Championship win.[2]

At the end of the 2010-2011 season O'Rourke retired from competitive curling. Her decision was made when teammates Erin Carmody and Geri-Lynn Ramsay decided to move to Calgary, Carmody to further her University studies at U of Calgary and Ramsay to relocate alongside her boyfriend.[3]

O'Rourke returned to curling in the 2012-2013 curling season, taking over the skip position of Megan Hughes' team. Hughes throws last rock, with O'Rourke skipping and throwing third stones. Jackie Reid and Tricia Affleck round off the team at second and lead.[4]

Grand Slam record[edit]

Key
C Champion
F Lost in Final
SF Lost in Semifinal
QF Lost in Quarterfinals
R16 Lost in the round of 16
Q Did not advance to playoffs
T2 Played in Tier 2 event
DNP Did not participate in event
N/A Not a Grand Slam event that season
Event 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13
Autumn Gold DNP DNP DNP
Manitoba Lotteries DNP DNP
Colonial Square Ladies Classic N/A N/A
The Masters Grand Slam of Curling N/A N/A
Players' Championships DNP DNP

Former Events[edit]

Event 2010–11
Sobeys Slam QF

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Carmody hungry for rematch after Hearts loss". CBC News. 2010-02-08. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  2. ^ McCormick, Murray (2009-03-02). "Inside Brier stuff". Regina Leader-Post. Canwest. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  3. ^ http://cdn.curling.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/TankardTimesMarch12.pdf
  4. ^ "O’Rourke returning to competitive curling". Prince Edward Island Curling Association. 30 August 2012.