WINNIPEG - Winnipeg's Jeff Stoughton defended his provincial curling title with an 8-3 victory over Winnipeg's Mike McEwen on Sunday at Manitoba's men's curling championship.
With the victory, Stoughton and his Charleswood rink of Jon Mead, Reid Carruthers and Mark Nicholls earned Manitoba's invitation to the Brier in Kamloops, B.C., this March.
It will be Stoughton's 11th Brier appearance. He won in 1996, 1999, and most recently in 2011.
Stoughton got off to a hot start, scoring three in the first end. He added two in the fourth and three more in the eighth and final end.
McEwen and his team from the Fort Rouge Curling Club in Winnipeg, scored singles in the second, fifth, and seventh ends.
Stoughton has now won the men's Manitoba championship 11 times overall.