Cotter claims Curling Classic jackpot

Vernon's Jim Cotter iced Jamie King of Edmonton 7-3 Monday night in the men's final of the Prestige Hotels Curling Classic.

Vernon’s Jim Cotter iced Jamie King of Edmonton 7-3 Monday night in the men’s final of the World Curling Tour $62,000 Prestige Hotels Curling Classic at the Vernon Curling Club.

Cotter, who played third for 2008-09 champion Bob Ursel of Kelowna, won his first Vernon cashspiel as a skip. He was backed by newcomer Jason (The Gunner) Gunnlaugson at third, and Tyrel Griffith and Rick Sawatsky at front end. Sawatsky was lead for those two Ursel winning teams.

Cotter, who took the long and winding C event road to the eights, collected $7,000. King, with Blake MacDonald, Scott Pfeifer and Jeff Erickson aboard, took home $5,000. King won the Saville Shootout two weeks ago in Edmonton.

Cotter stopped Jay Wakefield of New Westminster 6-3, while King toppled Steve Petryk of Calgary in the noon semifinals Monday.

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