Skip Stefanie Lawton of Saskatoon releases a rock while Sherri Singler (left) and Lawton's sister

Skip Stefanie Lawton of Saskatoon releases a rock while Sherri Singler (left) and Lawton's sister

Brier champs take Vernon cash spiel

Defending Canadian champion Pat Simmons of Calgary grounded Dean Joanisse of New Westminster 6-1 in Monday’s cashspiel final.

Defending Canadian champion Pat Simmons of Calgary grounded Dean Joanisse of New Westminster 6-1 in Monday’s final of the $54,000 Vernon Prestige Hotels & Resorts Curling Classic.

The teams shook hands after five ends of a scheduled eight-end contest. Simmons, a 40-year-old chiropractor who lives in Moose Jaw, rang up a steal of three in the third end and swiped a deuce in four to make it 6-0.

Simmons, supported by third Johnny Morris, second Carter Rycroft and Nolan Thiessen, all of Calgary, pocketed $5,000.

Joanisse, 43, was backed by third Paul Ceske, formerly of Salmon Arm, and a front end of Jay Wakefield and John Cullen. They earned $4,000. There was a field of 12 men’s rinks.

Vernon’s Jim Cotter was the A side qualifier, but lost 9-7 in an extra end to Joanisse in Monday morning semifinal action. Simmons stuffed Sean Geall of New West 6-1 in the other semi. Cotter and Geall each won $3,000.

In Sunday’s women’s final, Stefanie Lawton of Saskatoon barely brushed back Chelsea Carey of Calgary 5-3.

Lawton, 35, had her sister, Marliese Kasner, at lead, Trish Paulsen at third and Sherri Singler at second. Lawton took home $8,000.

Carey, 31, competed in the 28-team extravaganza with Amy Nixon at third and Jocelyn Peterman and Laine Peters up front. They collected $6,000.

Lawton doubled Kerri Einarson of Winnipeg 5-2, while Carey iced Kelly Rocque of Edmonton 5-3 in Sunday semifinals. Einarson and Rocque both cashed in $4,000.

Please see Wednesday’s Morning Star for further coverage.