GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. — Alberta's Chelsea Carey opened the Canadian women's curling championship with a 12-5 win over defending champion Jennifer Jones on Saturday.
Carey's team from Calgary stole four points in the third end and scored five in the ninth when Jones decided to shake hands.
B.C.'s Karla Thompson downed Kerry Galusha of Northwest Territories 8-5 in a qualifying game deciding which team would continue playing in the main draw of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
Saskatchewan's Jolene Campell also started with a victory as the Regina team beat Nova's Scotia's Jill Brothers 11-7.
Quebec's Marie-France Larouche downed Ontario's Jenn Hanna 9-5 in the opening draw.