Grant Dezura of Maple Ridge iced Brent Pierce of Kelowna 8-3 in five ends Monday night in the men’s final of the $62,000 Prestige Hotels & Resorts Curling Classic.
Dezura, who pocketed $2,600 in the Cloverdale Cashspiel three weeks ago, counted four in the fifth end to take home $7,000. Pierce collected $5,000.
The teams swapped deuces in the opening ends before Dezura took two in the third end and Pierce earned a single in four. Kevin MacKenzie, who lives in Kelowna and throws skip rocks for Dezura, knocked out Pierce’s shot-rock blue stone and stuck for a four-spot in the fifth end.
Jamie Smith of Kelowna and Kevin Recksielder ran the front end for Dezura, who took the tourist route to the final, winning one of two C final qualifying berths Sunday night.
Dezura, who turns 41 on Oct. 20, shaded 22-year-old Brendan Bottcher of Edmonton 7-6, while Pierce came from behind to clip Vernon’s Jim Cotter 5-4 in semifinal play Monday afternoon.
There was a field of 16 men’s rinks with Cotter and Bottcher each bagging $4,000.
On the 24-team women’s side, Ayumi Ogasawara of Sapporo, Japan shocked the field by brushing back Val Sweeting of Edmonton 5-4 in Sunday’s final.
Sweeting had clipped Ogasawara 7-6 in an extra end, in the opening draw of preliminary play. Ogasawara banked $7,500, while Sweeting collected $5,500.
Ogasawara stopped Satsuki Fujisawa of Nagano, Japan 5-3, while Sweeting toppled Kelly Scott of Kelowna 6-2 in the semis. Fujisawa and Scott each took home $4,000.
Please see more on the Curling Classic in Wednesday’s Morning Star.