Kelowna skip and former Prince George resident Bob Ursel has advanced to the A Event quarter-final round of the Road to the Roar Olympic curling pre-trials, taking place this week at CN Centre.
In their first game on Tuesday afternoon, the Ursel foursome rounded out by third Jim Cotter, second Ryan Folk and lead Kevin Sawatsky – defeated Ted Appelman of Edmonton 11-7.
After scoring three in the opening end, the Ursel team would maintain the lead the rest of the way. They also scored two in the second, one in the fourth, one in the fifth, three in the seventh and one in the ninth. Appelman tallied two in the third, three in the sixth and two in the eighth.
Ursel was slated to meet top-ranked Jeff Stoughton of Winnipeg in one of four games on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.
In the other opening men’s games, Kerry Burtnyk (Winnipeg) defeated Jason Gunnlaugson (Beausejour, Man.) 8-3, Greg McAulay (Richmond) downed Joel Jordison ((Moose Jaw) 6-4 and Pat Simmons (Davidson, Sask.) was victorious over Jean-Michel Menard (St-Romuald, Que.) by a 7-4 score.
In the other A Event quarter-final matches, Mike McEwen (Winnipeg) meets Burtnyk, Brad Gushue (St. John’s, Nfld.) plays McAulay and Wayne Middaugh (Toronto) takes on Simmons.
Four A Event women’s quarter-final matches were scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday Kelly Scott (Kelowna) versus Cathy King (Edmonton); Michelle Englot (Regina) against Sherry Anderson (Saskatoon), Marie-France Larouche (St-Romuald, Que.) versus Rachel Homan (Ottawa) and Sherry Middaugh (Coldwater, Ont.) against Crystal Webster (Calgary).