Jestyn Murphy wins Listowel Womens Classic

Jestyn Murphy (Mississauga, Ontario) wins the Listowel Womens Classic, defeating Cathy Auld (Toronto, Ontario) 5-4 in an extra end at the Listowel Curling Club in Listowel, Ontario. Murphy with Janet Murphy at third, Stephanie Matheson and Grace Holyoke on the front end take home the $3,000CDN first place cheque along with 26.923 world ranking points, while Auld receives $2,000CDN and 19.743 world ranking points for their second place finish.

Starting with hammer, Murphy scored 1 in the first end. After a blank end, Murphy stole the third end, then forced Auld to a single in the fourth end to lead 2-1. After another blank end, Murphy scored 2 in the sixth end, when Auld responded in the seventh end scoring 2. then adding a steal in the eighth end to tie the game and force an extra end where Murphy scored for the 5-4 win.

In the semifinals, Murphy defeated Stephanie Senneker (Kalamazoo, USA) 6-5 and Auld defeated Chelsea Brandwood (Toronto, Ontario) 6-1. Brandwood and Senneker earned $1,200CDN and 15.256 ranking points for their semifinal finishes. In the quarterfinals, Murphy defeated Jo-Ann Rizzo (Brantford, Ontario) 7-2, Auld defeated Kesa Van Osch (Parksville, BC) 8-1, while Brandwood defeated Katelyn Wasylkiw (Unionville, Ontario) 7-5 and Senneker defeated Julie Hastings (Thornhill, Ontario) 9-1. Hastings, Rizzo, Van Osch and Wasylkiw earned $750CDN along with 10.769 ranking points for their quarterfinal finishes.

Murphy went 3-1 in the 20 team round robin pools qualifying round. In their opening game, Murphy defeated Sherry Middaugh (Thornhill, Ontario) 9-2, then won against Jaclyn Peters (Ottawa, Ontario) 8-2, and against Erica Hopson (Ottawa, Ontario) 5-2, going on to lose to Auld 6-1 in their final qualifying round match.

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