Jim Cotter used home-ice knowledge to brush back Daniel Wenzek of Langley 8-5 at the Canadian Direct Insurance B.C. Men’s Curling Championships Wednesday morning in Vernon.
The local skip, who won the provincial title last year, produced three points in the sixth end to stop the young Royal City Club foursome. Cotter is backed by third Ryan Kuhn, second Tyrel Griffith and lead Rick Sawatsky.
Cotter, a four-time B.C. champion, faces Ken McArdle of New Westminster in today’s 2 p.m. second draw. McArdle dispatched Chris Baier of Victoria 7-1 in the opening draw. Vernon’s Mark Longworth battles Brent Pierce of Kelowna in the 2 p.m. draw.
In other morning action, Dean Joanisse of New Westminster grounded Darren Nelson of Kamloops 7-4, Grant Dezura of Maple Ridge clipped Stephen Schneider of Vancouver 4-3 and Scott DeCap of Kamloops shaded Neil Dangerfield of Victoria 6-5.
There is a field of 16 teams. The third draw goes tonight at 7:30 with the fourth draw slated for Thursday 9 a.m. The B.C. winner goes to the Tim Hortons Brier, Feb. 28-March 7, in Calgary.