Corryn Brown and her Kamloops Curling Club rink are aiming to continue their strong season this weekend on home ice.
Skip Brown, third Erin Pincott, second Dezaray Hawes and lead Ashley Klymchuk are atop the B.C. Women’s Curling Tour rankings heading into the Hub International Kamloops Crown of Curling, which will run from Friday to Sunday at the KCC.
“We’ve had a successful season so far, one of the better seasons we’ve had,” Brown said. “The team is gelling really well and making a lot of shots.”
The 10 women’s rinks competing will be vying for a chunk of the $10,000 purse, with $4,000 allotted for the first-place team.
Kamloops skips Tyler Klymchuk and Grant Olsen will lead two of the 16 rinks entered on the men’s side. The men’s purse is $16,000, which includes $5,000 for the champion.
Kamloops product Jim Cotter will skip his Vernon/Kelowna rink at the Crown.
There are three automatic qualifying berths available for the 2019 B.C. Scotties, the women’s provincial championship that will run from Jan. 29 to Feb. 3 in Quesnel — one for the B.C. rink with the most CTRS points and two for the top-two finishers on the provincial circuit.
Brown is inching closer to claiming an automatic qualifying berth at provincials and recent results have the KCC women climbing the World Curling Tour rankings, sitting 36th overall.
The Kamloops quartet began the season with a win at the King Cash Spiel in Maple Ridge, opening its account with a $4,000 payday.
Un-Chi Gim of South Korea downed Brown in the quarter-final round of the Prestige Hotels and Resorts Curling Classic, which took place last month in Vernon, but the Kamloops squad still walked away with $3,250.
Brown failed to qualify for the playoffs at the Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Curling Classic earlier this month in Calgary and was skunked financially.
Sarah Wark knocked off Brown 8-3 in the championship game at the Driving Force Abbotsford Cashspiel, which wrapped up on Oct. 14. The silver medal was accompanied by $3,600.
There is one provincial women’s tour stop remaining after Kamloops, the Raymond James Kelowna Double Cash, which will run from Nov. 2 to Nov. 4.
Brown also plans to compete at the Red Deer Curling Classic, which gets underway on Nov. 16.
Klymchuk is third in B.C. Men’s Curling Tour rankings and 103rd in World Curling Tour men’s rankings.
The top two finishers on the provincial tour will qualify automatically for the B.C. championship, which will also be held in Quesnel from Jan. 29 to Feb. 3.
The highlight of Klymchuk’s campaign so far was a semifinal exit and $2,500 haul at the Prestige event in Vernon.
Klymchuk will begin its tournament this weekend against Adam Cseke of Penticton, a draw that begins at 8 a.m. on Friday.
Olsen and Cotter will square off at the same time.
Brown’s first draw is against Brette Richards of Kelowna on Friday. Game time is noon.