Japan's skip Ayumi Ogasawara right, goes over her next shot with her third Anna Ohmiya during the women's final on Sunday.

Japan's skip Ayumi Ogasawara right, goes over her next shot with her third Anna Ohmiya during the women's final on Sunday.

Dezura claims Prestige Curling Classic cash

Grant Dezura of Maple Ridge iced Brent Pierce of Kelowna 8-3 in six ends Monday night in the men's final.

  • Oct. 6, 2014 1:00 p.m.

Grant Dezura of Maple Ridge iced Brent Pierce of Kelowna 8-3 in five ends Monday night in the men’s final of the $62,000 Prestige Hotels & Resorts Curling Classic.

Dezura, who pocketed $2,600 in the Cloverdale Cashspiel three weeks ago, counted four in the fifth end to take home $7,000. Pierce collected $5,000.

The teams swapped deuces in the opening ends before Dezura took two in the third end and Pierce earned a single in four. Kevin MacKenzie, who lives in Kelowna and throws skip rocks for Dezura, knocked out Pierce’s shot-rock blue stone and stuck for a four-spot in the fifth end.

Jamie Smith of Kelowna and Kevin Recksielder ran the front end for Dezura, who took the tourist route to the final, winning one of two C final qualifying berths Sunday night.

Dezura, who turns 41 on Oct. 20, shaded 22-year-old Brendan Bottcher of Edmonton 7-6, while Pierce came from behind to clip Vernon’s Jim Cotter 5-4 in semifinal play Monday afternoon.

There was a field of 16 men’s rinks with Cotter and Bottcher each bagging $4,000.

On the 24-team women’s side, Ayumi Ogasawara of Sapporo, Japan shocked the field by brushing back Val Sweeting of Edmonton 5-4 in Sunday’s final.

Sweeting had clipped Ogasawara 7-6 in an extra end, in the opening draw of preliminary play. Ogasawara banked $7,500, while Sweeting collected $5,500.

Ogasawara stopped Satsuki Fujisawa of Nagano, Japan 5-3, while Sweeting toppled Kelly Scott of Kelowna 6-2 in the semis. Fujisawa and Scott each took home $4,000.

Please see more on the Curling Classic in Wednesday’s Morning Star.

Vernon Morning Star