(l-r) Lead Les Jaster puts a brush to this rock thrown by skip Doug Amundsen as second Greg Bratt watches and waits to help during the A-event semi-final Saturday (Jan. 30) afternoon. The rink

(l-r) Lead Les Jaster puts a brush to this rock thrown by skip Doug Amundsen as second Greg Bratt watches and waits to help during the A-event semi-final Saturday (Jan. 30) afternoon. The rink

Ponoka rink captures annual Calumet Men’s Open

A Ponoka foursome drove home with championship hardware last month.

A Ponoka foursome drove home with championship hardware last month.

Skip Doug Amundsen along with third Kevin Waldern, second Greg Bratt and lead Les Jaster came away with the title from the annual Calumet Men’s Open Bonspiel held Jan. 26 to 30.

They managed to slide past the Ponoka/Calumet rink consisting of skip Curtis McKelvie, third Mark Massing, second Craig Massing and Wayne Cook. The two clubs traded singles in each of the first four ends, before Amundsen put a three spot on the board in the fifth to kick off the second half of the final held Saturday night, Jan. 30.

Unfortunately for McKelvie, they couldn’t rebound from that deficit and Amundsen was able to cruise to the victory.

The B-event championship went to the Bashaw rink skipped by Miles Armstrong with third Curtis Hunter, second Tyler Schickerowsky and lead Jack Dawbin as they defeated the Gordon Svenningsen skipped rink of the Calumet Curling Club.

In the other event final, the C-event went to the Lacombe rink skipped by Kevin Bresee with third Darryl Stebner, second Kevin Frank and lead Shane Archibald getting past the Calumet foursome of skip Eric Bloomquist, third Tom Barnes, second Kevin Mathieu and lead Bo Deleeuw.

The annual event at the two-sheet Calumet Curling Club, which ran several draws each day, drew 32 men’s rinks this year for the unique experience at the club located about 30 kilometres east of Ponoka.