Kamloops skip adds Prestige in Vernon to impressive resumé

Corryn Brown of Kamloops (front) watches her shot, as do opponents Hasumi Ishigooka (left) and Midori Suzuki from Nagano,Japan,during the women’s final Sunday, Oct. 2, of the Prestige Hotels and Resorts Curling Classic at the Vernon Curling Club. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)Corryn Brown of Kamloops (front) watches her shot, as do opponents Hasumi Ishigooka (left) and Midori Suzuki from Nagano,Japan,during the women’s final Sunday, Oct. 2, of the Prestige Hotels and Resorts Curling Classic at the Vernon Curling Club. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Skip Ikue Kitazawa from Nagano, Japan, delivers her last rock of end number two to sweepers Hasumi Ishigooka (left) and Minori Suzuki during the women’s final of the Prestige Hotels and Resorts Vernon Curling Classic Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)Skip Ikue Kitazawa from Nagano, Japan, delivers her last rock of end number two to sweepers Hasumi Ishigooka (left) and Minori Suzuki during the women’s final of the Prestige Hotels and Resorts Vernon Curling Classic Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Team Brown skip Corryn Brown of Kamloops (centre) delivers her stone to sweepers Samantha Fisher (left) and Dezaray Hawes during the women’s final of the Prestige Hotels and Resorts Curling Classic Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)Team Brown skip Corryn Brown of Kamloops (centre) delivers her stone to sweepers Samantha Fisher (left) and Dezaray Hawes during the women’s final of the Prestige Hotels and Resorts Curling Classic Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Team Yanagisawa third Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi (second from right) calls off front-end sweepers Satoshi Koizumi (left) and Takeru Yamamoto while opponent Shingo Usui looks on during the all-Japan men’s final at the Prestige Hotels and Resorts Curling Classic Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)Team Yanagisawa third Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi (second from right) calls off front-end sweepers Satoshi Koizumi (left) and Takeru Yamamoto while opponent Shingo Usui looks on during the all-Japan men’s final at the Prestige Hotels and Resorts Curling Classic Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Skip Kohsuke Hirata (front) follows his stone up the ice,as does opponent Takeru Yamamoto, during the all-Japan men’s final at the Prestige Hotels and Resorts Curling Classic Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Roger Knox - Morning star)Skip Kohsuke Hirata (front) follows his stone up the ice,as does opponent Takeru Yamamoto, during the all-Japan men’s final at the Prestige Hotels and Resorts Curling Classic Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Roger Knox - Morning star)
Team Yanagisawa third Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi (left) shouts out instructions to the sweeper while opponents Shingo Usui (centre) and Kohsuke Hirata look on during the all-Japan men’s final of the Prestige Hotels and Resorts Curling Classic Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)Team Yanagisawa third Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi (left) shouts out instructions to the sweeper while opponents Shingo Usui (centre) and Kohsuke Hirata look on during the all-Japan men’s final of the Prestige Hotels and Resorts Curling Classic Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

A rink from Kamloops prevented a Japanese sweep of the top dollars from the Prestige Hotels and Resorts Curling Classic at the Vernon Curling Club.

Team Brown, featuring Corryn Brown at skip, third Erin Pincott, second Dezaray Hawes, lead Samantha Fisher, and coached by Vernon’s Jim Cotter, defeated Ikue Kitazawa and her rink from Nagano, Japan, 5-4 in a thrilling women’s final Sunday, Oct. 2.

The victory, worth $7,000 for the Kamloops quartet, came about 30 minutes after Riku Yanagisawa defeated countryman Kohsuke Hirata 6-2 in seven ends in the all-Japan men’s championship. Yanagisawa pocketed $4,000 for the win.

Brown, the 2020 and 2021 B.C. women’s champion, snapped a 3-3 tie by scoring a pair in seven, then watched as Kitazawa’s last stone in the eighth and final end was heavy as she attempted a draw for two to force an extra end.

Brown also defeated Kitazawa 7-6 in the first day of the event.

Kitazawa’s squad collected $5,000.

Brown, who finished 5-1 in Vernon, had a bye into the semifinals, and advanced to the championship with a 7-5 extra end victory over Korea’s Eun Ji Gim.

Kitazawa started the playoff day Sunday with a quarterfinal victory, 7-6 in an extra end, over countrywoman, two-time Olympic medalist Satsuki Fujisawa, then whipped Edmonton’s Jessie Hunkin 8-1 in four ends in the semis.

Vernon-Prince George rink of Diane Gushulak, Brette Richards, Blaine DeJager and Alyssa Kyllo went 2-2 but missed the playoffs.

Meanwhile, the team from Karuizawa, a resort town in the mountains near 1998 Olympic Winter Games host Nagano, defeated the fellows from Kitami, a city on Hokkaido Island almost 1,500 kilometres to the north, in the all-Japan men’s final.

Yanagisawa was undefeated on the weekend in Vernon. Hirata was 4-1. Both Japanese skips, former Olympians, earned byes into the semifinals.

Yanagisawa defeated Kelowna’s Brent Pierce 6-3 while Hirata knocked off Sean Geall of New Westminster 7-4.

Hirata’s rink collected $3,000.

Vernon players John Slattery and Erik Coldwell helped Penticton’s Cameron de Jong reach the quarterfinals, where they fell 6-4 to Geall, who scored three with the hammer in the final end.

Vernon quartets skipped by Dave Merklinger (Darren Heath, Jamie Austin, Al Shepherd) and Rob Nobert (Adam Cseke, Logan Miron, Cam Weir) went 1-2.

The Vernon-Salmon Arm rink of Nolan Blaser, Kaden Beck, Nolan Beck and Koen Hampshire went 0-3, which included losses to Nobert, Hirata and 2018 Olympic gold medalist John Shuster of Duluth, Minn. (Shuster went 2-2).

• Next up at the Vernon Curling Club is the Nufloors Mixed Doubles Curling Classic, set for Oct. 21-23.

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