Cathy O efficient on opening day

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:00 PM ET

Cathy Overton-Clapham needed just 13 ends to win two games on the opening day of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Altona.

Overton-Clapham thumped Carberry’s Betty Buurma 12-3 in eight ends and then rolled over Brookdale’s Tina Kozak 10-3 in just five to improve to 2-0. Overton-Clapham stole five in the second after scoring three in the first.

Joining Overton-Clapham, the top seed, at 2-0 in their pool were fellow Fort Rouge member Kerry Einarson and Assiniboine Memorial’s Janet Harvey.

Einarson downed Assiniboine Memorial’s Brett Richards 7-4 and Snow Lake’s Kelly Wiwcharuk 7-2, while Harvey edged Kozak 9-8 and then defeated Buurma 9-4.

Eighth seed Joelle Brown won her opener 12-1 over Wiwcharuk, but she lost her second game 10-5 to Richards.

The biggest upset of the day came in the second draw, when fifth seed Kim Link of East St. Paul fell 9-7 to unseeded Karen Rosser of Springfield.

The other seeded teams in Link’s pool all won their openers. The Granite’s Jill Thurston, at No. 2, got past La Salle’s Deb McCreanor 6-4, and Brandon’s Lisa Blixhavn, No. 7, doubled up on Swan River’s Bev Lumax 8-4.

Third seed Chelsea Carey survived a scare, stealing a point in the 10th end to edge Assiniboine Memorial’s Michelle Montford 7-6.

The young Montford squad continued to play well in the fourth draw, as it had a 7-3 lead on Thurston through five ends at press time on Wednesday night.


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