Souris skip making another trek

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:56 AM ET

You might say Doug Armour has come full circle in a way.

The Souris skip played lead for Mel Logan when he won his first provincial championship back in 1982, earning a trip all the way to Brandon to compete in the Brier. Well, Armour nipped Heather's defending Canadian champion Martin Bailey 7-6 in an extra end in Portage la Prairie yesterday to win the Masters provincial title in his rookie year in that age group. That earned his foursome a trip all the way to Brandon, where he will compete in the nationals, April 4-9.

"It's just like in 1982 when we went to the Brier in Brandon," said Armour, supported by third Frank Gudz, second Don Barr and Ken Sabad. "But I'm not all that fussy about where we play. There should be a lot of fans there to cheer us on. And you never get sick of wearing the Buffalo."

Armour has also won two Manitoba mixed and a senior men's championship.

Meanwhile, St. Vital's Sylvia Erickson clipped Thistle's Joan Ingram 9-8 in Portage to win her first Diamond Ladies crown.

"It feels fantastic," said Erickson, supported by third Joyce Magnusson, second Donna Gobeil and Dorothy Assailly. "We're a little surprised because we didn't go in it with great expectations, and we're just thrilled to be going any place (for the nationals)."

Those nationals will be held alongside the men's in Brandon.


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