Jones looking for big payday at Players’

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:04 PM ET

It is not like she needs a tag day but Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones could earn as much as $75,000 at this week’s Players’ Championship in Dawson Creek, B.C.

Jones, who sits atop the women’s money list with about $48,000 in earnings, could win $25,000 for winning the title for the second straight year.

She could also bag a $50,000 bonus if she hangs on to her lead in the Capital One Cup standings. Jones has 21 points — seven ahead of her closest competitor in B.C.’s Kelly Scott. A team can earn as much as 24 points for finishing first at the championship. Second place is worth $25,000 with third, $10,000, for both the women and men.

Manitoba’s Jeff Stoughton and Mike McEwen are tied for sixth on the men’s side with 10 points. Ontario’s Glenn Howard, who won the Cup last year, leads the men with 16, followed by Alberta’s Randy Ferbey at 14.

Other Manitoba women’s teams competing in the triple-knockout event are Kerri Flett, who has nine points, and Chelsea Carey.

Other men’s Manitoba teams there are Jason Gunnlaugson and the Reid Carruthers squad being skipped by Dave Elias.

CBC-TV will broadcast the women’s final on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s final on Sunday at 11 a.m. CBC’s digital affiliate, bold, will televise the men’s semifinals on Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

CH-CHANGES: Look for some major changes to the way teams qualify for future Safeway Championships.

Curl Manitoba is about to recommend that more provincial berths be awarded to the Manitoba Curling Tour, either based on earnings or by specifying certain events as qualifiers, Curl Manitoba executive director Shane Ray said.

Plans are to maintain one berth for the top CTRS points-getter but keeping that to one. Assiniboine Memorial’s McEwen will get that spot if he maintains three-quarters of his team next year.

However, Charleswood’s Stoughton will not get the exemption that goes to the defending champ because he has changed half his team.

Ray will also look into bidding to host the 2013 Olympic trials.

BITER: Alberta’s Don Walchuk, who played for Manitoba’s Kerry Burtnyk the past two seasons, squelched speculation that he will hook up with fellow Albertan Kevin Park and play with him in Manitoba next season.

“There’s zero, nil and zilch chance that I’m playing in Manitoba next year,” Walchuk said.


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