Oilmen take to the curling sheet

By Jamie Harkins

March 21, 2017 12:00 AM

'A' EVENT CHAMPS The D&D Oilfield rink of, from left, skip Colin Tanton, third Doug Zingel, second Dan McLean and lead Craig Watson, won the A Event final at the 50th Annual Heavy Crude Open bonspiel. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO

The D&D Oilfield rink stole the Heavy Crude Open bonspiel ‘A’ Event championship.
Skip Colin Tanton, third Doug Zingel, second Dan McLean and lead Craig Watson jumped ahead 1-0 without the hammer in the first end on the Pyramid Corporation rink of Greg Lorinczy, Sam Sweeney, Jim Sweeney and Bob Lorinczy in the ‘A’ Event final at the Lloydminster Golf and Curling Centre on Sunday.
The rink then stole four in the second frame and another five through the third and fourth ends to win the 50th annual Heavy Crude Open Bonspiel A-Event championship 10-0.
“The other guys were not making their shots and we were pretty lucky,” said Tanton. “We just made one shot in the first end and got the roll behind the guards. There wasn’t really much of a shot (left), so we stole one in the first end and we kept going from there.”
The Vertex rink of Derren Weimer, Clint Graham, Darrell Nowosad and Frank Fechter captured the ‘B’ Event. McElhanney Land Surveys’ Richard Jory, Richard King, Ben D’Eon and Geoff Dick won the ‘C’ Event. The BPC Services Group team of Monte Armstrong, Max Rivett, Dusty Makichuk and Ryan Rivett took the ‘D’ Event, while GCHEM Ltd. with Brian McKlasky, Bryan Szatowski, Tierra Schroe and Adrian Bangsrud walked off with the ‘E’ Event title.
Geoff Regnier, president of the Heavy Crude Open Bonspiel, said 44 teams competed in this year’s championship marking an improvement over last spring’s 36-rink compliment, but that is still a far cry from the 100-plus team tournaments they held in previous years. He said the hope is they can increase the participation rate to 48 teams next year thanks to a continued upturn in the oil industry.
“The attitude is a little more positive,” said Regnier. “The economy is slightly better and people are a little more secure with their jobs. They’re spending a little bit more money and enjoying themselves a little bit more than last year, so hopefully things get better and stronger next year.”
Tanton said their rink has competed in the past two Heavy Crude Open bonspiels and captured the ‘E’ Event title last year. He said notching the ‘A’ Event championship this time just means they can come back as a team again next year and enjoy some more curling in Lloydminster.

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