The young guns on the World Curling Tour found some success out west this past weekend.
Surrey's Tyler Tardi and Edmonton's Kelsey Rocque picked up their first WCT wins in over a year with perfect runs at the Prestige Hotels and Resorts Curling Classic in Vernon, BC.
Rocque, third Danielle Schmiemann, second Becca Hebert and lead Jesse Marlow posted a 6-0 record with wins over Kim Slettery in the quarterfinal, 6-4, Daniela Jentsch in the semifinals, 6-5, and the defending Scotties Tournament of Hearts champion Chelsea Carey in the final, 4-3.
BC's Sarah Wark, who appeared in her first Canadian championship last season, made the playoffs, but fell in the quarters to Team Jentsch.
On the men's side, Tardi, a back-to-back-to-back Canadian junior champion, and his rink of third Sterling Middleton, second Jordan Tardi and lead Alex Horvath also went 6-0, capping it off with a victory over Brier and Olympic trials silver medalist Jim Cotter in the final, 8-5.
Tardi last won on the WCT back in September 2018 at the King Cash Spiel.
Mike McEwen and his rink from Winnipeg captured their first win of the season on the World Curling Tour by topping the Olympic champions in America's John Shuster in the final of the Uiseong International from South Korea.
McEwen, third Reid Carruthers, second Derek Samagalski and lead Colin Hodgson didn't lose a single game over the four-day international event, beating hometown favourite SooHyuk Kim in the semi-final, 10-3, before downing Shuster, 7-4, in the final.
Team McEwen have had success across the pond in the past by taking the Karuizawa International in Japan a few days before Christmas last season.
Kingston's Team Scott McDonald, who appeared in their first Canadian championship last season, fell to Shuster in the semis before taking the bronze medal with a victory over Team Kim.
Canada's Matt Dunstone and Glenn Howard also made the trip to South Korea to compete, but failed to make the four-team playoff round after posting 2-2 records.
On the women's side of the draw, the United States were able to bring some first-place hardware home after Team Nina Roth defeated 2018 Olympic silver medalist EunJung Kim in the final, 5-4. Roth fell to Kim in the second game of the round robin, but reeled off four straight wins, beating Canada's Theresa Cannon, 7-6, Switzerland's Silvana Tirinzoni, 7-6, in the semis and Kim in the final rematch.
This was Team Roth's second win of the season.
This was a promising result for Team Kim after sitting out most of last season due to a coaching scandal. The South Korean foursome rose to fame in 2018 with a somewhat surprising silver medal performance in their home country Olympics in
Jamie Sinclair of the United States and Anna Sidorova of Russia both missed the playoffs. Team Cannon were in the same boat with a 1-3 record as the lone Canadian rink in the field.
Stu Sells Toronto Tankard
In a heavyweight tilt, Brad Jacobs and his new-look rink from Northern Ontario picked up their first event victory on the season with a 6-1 rout of defending Brier champion Kevin Koe in the Stu Sells Toronto Tankard Monday afternoon.
Team Jacobs put up a three spot in the sixth end and stole a single in seven, leading to early handshakes.
Jacobs, who replaced longtime third Ryan Fry with Marc Kennedy this season, posted a 7-2 record over the four-day event, highlighted by victories over Brad Gushue and Koe in the playoffs.
Other notable names included John Epping, who defeated Team Jacobs in the Shorty Jenkins Classic final last month, and Kirk Muyres. Both fell in the quarterfinal round.
On the women's side, Sudbury's Team Kira Brunton took the Stu Sells Toronto Tankard for the second consecutive year on Sunday with a 6-4 victory over Kingston's Cathy Auld in the final.
The win capped an impressive weekend for Team Brunton after downing hometown favourite Hollie Duncan in the quarters and Scotties regular Kerry Galusha in the semis.
2018 Canadian and world junior champion Kaitlyn Jones made the playoffs, but lost in the quarterfinal round.
Paf Masters, Swiss Cup Basel
Isabella Wrana, who captured the 2017 world junior curling championship, is continuing to find success with her Swedish rink on the WCT.
The foursome of Wrana, Jennie Wahlin, Almida de Val and Fanny Sjoberg defended their title at the Paf Masters in Aland, Finland on Sunday by topping Irene Schori of Switzerland in the final, 5-1.
This is the first event victory of the 2019-20 season for Team Wrana after picking up two wins last year.
All four members of Wrana's rink are under 23 years of age and have a real shot at giving Swedish rival Team Anna Hasselborg a run for their money in the not too distant future.
Over in Switzerland, Peter De Cruz and his squad from Geneva were the last team standing at the Swiss Cup Basel. They went a perfect 7-0 over the four-day event, taking out three prominent Scottish rinks in the playoffs, including Bruce Mouat in the quarters, 4-1, Cameron Bryce in the semis, 6-3, and Ross Paterson in the final, 6-2.
Sweden's Team Niklas Edin finished third after falling to Team Paterson in the semis.
Manitoba Curling Tour Classic
Tanner Horgan, 21, and his new-look rink from Winnipeg Beach took the Manitoba Curling Tour Classic with a 6-1 performance, finished with a 6-1 victory over Corey Chambers in the championship tilt.
This is the first season Hogan, third Colton Lott, second Kyle Doering and lead Tanner Lott are competing as a foursome.
Meghan Walter won the women's event.
Let's Cure Lupus St. Paul Cash Spiel
American Rich Ruohonen captured his second WCT win on the season with a 8-3 victory over Todd Birr in the final of the Let's Cure Lupus St. Paul Cash Spiel in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Team Cora Farrell of Chaska, Minnesota was victorious on the women's side.
Avonair Cash Spiel
Jeremy Harty and Marla Sherrer took the Avonair Cash Spiel in Edmonton with strong performances.