The curling team of Elaine Starchuk, Mickey Colburn, Mary Holden and Amber Dufour won the Zone 4 Pacific Coast Masters Playdowns. Submitted photo

Curlers win coast masters

The curling team of Elaine Starchuk, Mickey Colburn, Mary Holden and Amber Dufour won the Zone 4 Pacific Coast Masters Playdowns (PCMCA) Jan. 12-14 at the Comox Valley Curling Club.

This newly formed team qualified in double knockout format, advancing to the Provincial Combined Championship in Kamloops March 21-24.

PCMCA curlers will play off against the B.C. Interior Masters Curling Association to determine a BCIMCA champion, a PCMCA champion and a combined masters champion.

The PCMCA was formed in 1963 to create a competition specifically for men 60 and older who curl during the daytime, on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.

The competition expanded in 1970 to include the Interior, creating a Combined Masters Championship.

Mixed teams were introduced in 2010, women’s teams were added to the championship in 2014.

Team Dufour will also put their curling skills to the test mid-February in the Cowichan Valley as they attempt to qualify for the B.C. Masters Curling Championship in Creston late-March.

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