Tour championship titles up for grabs


Three rinks will represent Dawson Creek this weekend when the Pomeroy Peace Curling Tour Championships take place in Sexsmith.
Jeff Ginter's foursome and Mark Heartt's team are competing for the top prize in the Sun Life Competitive Division, while Jordan Steinke's rink is in the Peace Curling Association's Challenge Division.
The Steinke rink ended up first in the standings after winning two of the three cashspiels on the tour and is looking to finish off the tour with another title this weekend.
"We would definitely like that, but there will be a few other teams that will give us a go," commented Tristan Steinke, who plays third on his brother's rink.
The Steinke rink won Fort St. John's Rhyason Contracting Tidy Trucking Cashspiel (the second cashspiel on the tour) and Dawson Creek's Mile Zero Cashspiel (the third on the tour). The 32 points the local foursome earned over the three cashspiels put them well in front of their next closest competitor, Glen Godberson who is ranked second with 18 points after he won the Alaska Highway Super League. Rinks qualified for the tour championships based on their performance on the tour or by winning the Grande Prairie, Sexsmith or Alaska Highway superleagues.
The Steinke rink opens the eight-team Challenge Division contest with a game tonight against Dale Anderson.
The winner, after the final Sunday afternoon, takes home $2,000 and receives championship jackets.
Meanwhile, Heartt is ranked fourth and Ginter is seventh in the competitive division.
Heartt won the Investors' Group Cashspiel, the opening spiel on the tour, while Ginter was the runner-up in the Rhyason Contracting Tidy Trucking Cashspiel.
Heartt has a match against the fifth-ranked Greg Pasichnuk and Ginter faces second-ranked Kurt Balderston at 5 p.m. this afternoon.
The competitive division winner takes home $3,000 and championship jackets.


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