Kelowna rink feeling right at home

CON GRIWKOWSKY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

Bob Ursel is no stranger to the winner's circle at the Saville Centre.

A five-ender in the seventh end gave the Kelowna RCMP officer a 6-2 win over Randy Ferbey in the men's final of the September Shootout.

Ursel took home $4,500 and Ferbey collected $3,000 runner-up money.

"I think we've come out of this with a bit of beer money," said Ursel. "It probably cost us a little over $3,000 to come out here."

Ursel and his team of last rock Jim Cotter, second Kevin Folk and lead Rick Sawatsky won the 2008 Canada Cup qualifier here last December.

"Maybe we should make this our home club," said Ursel, son of Hall of Fame curler Jim Ursel.

'CAN'T COMPLAIN'

"We can't complain. We've had ice for about a week in Kelowna. We got four practises in before we came out here.

"We came out here, really, just to get some games in and throw some rocks and it turned out awesome."

The same supporting cast also won the 2004 Canada Cup qualifier at Saville, with former legendary Pat Ryan calling the shots.

"Honestly for us, it wasn't about the money," said Ursel, a three-time Brier rep, including last year.

"It was coming out here and getting some experience, getting games in against the likes of Ferbey and (Ted) Appelman and those guys we're going to have to get through if we want to play in the Olympics.

"The whole focus for us the last three years has been to get to Prince George.

"We're one of those teams that doesn't play a ton, but this year we'll pick it up and have a very committed schedule."

EXTRA ENDS: Brad Gushue made it two in a row when he beat Kevin Martin 8-6 in the final of the Shorty Jenkins Spiel yesterday. Gushue won the Baden Masters in Switzerland last weekend. Including the $9,400 he won yesterday, the 2006 Olympic gold medallist has now won $19,778 on the year.


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