With three events in the books to start the 2021-22 curling season, Brad Jacobs and his team from the Community First Curling Centre locally has a tournament title and a pair of second place finishes to show for it.
The Jacobs rink, which includes third Marc Kennedy, second E.J. Harnden, and lead Ryan Harnden wrapped up action on Monday at the IG Wealth Management Western Showdown in Swift Current, Sask.
Playing in the triple knockout event, the Jacobs rink advanced to Monday’s final after a pair of wins earlier in the day but dropped an 8-1 decision in five ends to Calgary’s Kevin Koe in the final.
After Jacobs opened the scoring with a single in the first end, Koe scored three in the second end before picking up steals of one in the third, two in the fourth, and three more in the fifth to cap off the win.
Jacobs advanced to the final thanks to a 7-5 semifinal win over Saskatoon’s Colton Flasch.
Earlier in the day, the Jacobs rink opened playoff round with a 6-2 win over Matt Dunstone of Regina, Sask. in quarter-final action.
Jacobs went unbeaten in round robin action with wins over Michael Carss of Saskatoon (8-2), Ryan Weibe of Winnipeg (6-3), and Yuta Matsumura of Sapporo, Japan (5-1).
The Jacobs rink returns to action on Oct. 19 in the first Grand Slam of Curling event of the season.
The team is one of 16 men’s teams competing in the Masters, a triple knockout tournament that opens on Oct. 19 in Oakville, Ont.
Jacobs will open the event on day one in the evening draw against Matsumura.