Kelowna curlers cash in at Vernon spiel

Kevin MacKenzie leads Grant Dezura rink to men's title at Prestige Hotels Classic

It was a productive beginning to October for a number of Kelowna curlers last weekend in Vernon.

Kevin MacKenzie, throwing fourth rocks for Grant Dezura, helped the Maple Ridge rink to the men’s title with an 8-3 victory over Brent Pierce rink Monday in the final of the Prestige Hotels and Resorts Curling Classic.

The Dezura rink also features Kelowna’s Jamie Smith, while Pierce has united this season with Kelowna’s Jeff Richard, Tyler Orme and David Harper.

MacKenzie and the Dezura rink reeled off five straight wins to claim the title and the $7,500 first prize.

Over on the women’s side, two-time world champion Kelly Scott is back this season with a reconfigured rink—and so far so good.

The Kelowna team reached the semi-finals of the Prestige before losing to Edmonton’s Val Sweeting.

Scott and her partners took home $4,400.

With third Jeanna Schraeder and second Sasha Carter leaving the Scott rink this season to devote more time to family, Shannon Aleksic has taken over at third, while Carla Thompson from Kamloops played second in Vernon.

Sarah Pyke (Wazney) is back for her third season playing lead for the Kelowna skip.

Look for a profile on Kelly Scott’s new rink in next week’s Capital News.



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