Curling: Smiley, Beaudry on to Masters

Kathy Smiley booked her Royal City curling team’s ticket to the BC Master’s Curling championship next month.

Kathy Smiley booked her Royal City curling team’s ticket to the BC Master’s Curling championship next month with a second place finish at the Master’s Womens Lower Mainland Playdowns in Mission on the weekend.

Smiley, a former Trail curler, and her team of third Kerri Miller, second Janet Klebe, and lead Laurie Shimizu won 3-of-4 matches including the B Event qualifier where she beat the Laura Rampton rink from Marpole 5-2 to qualify. Smiley’s only loss came against defending champion Karen Lepine who went undefeated through the tournament which included a 6-3 win over Smiley.

In Men’s Masters Kootenay Playdowns in Creston, the Garry Beaudry rink from Castlegar advanced to the BC championship with an 8-3 victory over the Al Tholl foursome from Creston in the B-Event. Cranbrook’s Ralph Will, the defending BC Masters champion, won the A side with victories of Tholl, 7-3, and Beaudry, 3-2.

Beaudry’s teams consists of third Don Bedard, second Gerry Foster, and lead Tom Bassett. The Masters provincial championship goes in Abbotsford Mar. 8-13.