No flash in the pan

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

DAUPHIN -- The 'Kids Carruthers' just keep on coming.

After upstart Reid Carruthers gave Charleswood's Jeff Stoughton all he could handle in the final of last year's Manitoba men's final, most wondered whether The Kid would become another one-shot wonder. Well, let's just say his slightly-altered foursome now out of Beausejour is proving itself all over again here at the Safeway Championship.

Carruthers clipped Swan River's former champion Brent Scales 6-3 at Credit Union Place yesterday to advance to this morning's A-side qualifier versus Valour Road's former champ Randy Dutiaume.

"There's been a lot of talk about flash in the pan and yadda, yadda," the confident Carruthers said. "But we've been out playing this year and we were ranked sixth in the province for a reason. And we were ranked fourth in the Order of Merit for Manitoba so, it's not like we haven't been playing.

"But there's a lot of great teams out here, I just hope we prove ourselves as one of them."

Carruthers got a big boost of confidence when he earned $4,500 at the recent Canada Cup qualifying spiel.

"I'm feeling great," said Carruthers, still supported by third Jason Gunnlaugson and lead Tyler Forrest with new second Justin Richter. "We're pumped up and we're curling really well."

Meanwhile, Valour Road's David Bohn upset Petersfield's fourth-ranked Dave Boehmer 9-4.

"Certainly, Boehmer is a top-seeded team so, it's good to beat them," Bohn said. "We were really on our game with them and they gave us a few breaks here and there, and I never felt like we were in trouble. The next one (against Portage la Prairie's Don Spriggs) will be a big one for us to qualify."

Also advancing to A-side qualifiers were Assiniboine Memorial's top-seeded Kerry Burtnyk and Stoughton.

"We can play better, that's the good part of it," Stoughton said after eking out a 6-4 victory over Hamiota's Kelly Skinner. "But we know these guys are all gunning for us and Kerry. We've just got to play our best all the time because these guys were bringing their A games."

Burtnyk beat Granite's Bob Sigurdson 8-6.

"The pressure is probably on us because we're supposed to be better because we play so much," Burtnyk agreed. "But, at the same time, I know these guys are all good curlers so, even though they don't play a lot, if this happens to be the weekend where they come out and they're at the peak of their game for the year, then it's extremely tough to beat them."

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Game of the day

- Valour Road's Randy Dutiaume, who is skipping the three players that Mark Lukowich, now of Stonewall, took to the 2002 Brier, needed an extra end to nip Lukowich 8-7 to advance to this morning's A-side qualifier.

Today's feature match

- Dutiaume, the 2005 Manitoba champ, faces Beausejour's Reid Carruthers, the 2006 runner-up, in one of four A-side qualifiers this morning at 8:30.


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