Penticton player ties crokinole record

Quin Erzinger ties crokinole world record during B.C. championship in Oliver

Brian Cook of Toronto won first in the singles competitive division during the B.C. Crokinole championship held in Oliver. Below right

Brian Cook of Toronto won first in the singles competitive division during the B.C. Crokinole championship held in Oliver. Below right

Quin Erzinger was pleasantly surprised when he tied a world crokinole record.

Playing in his fourth B.C. Crokinole championship in Oliver on March 17, Erzinger wasn’t focused on that but on having fun.

“It was pretty cool,” said Erzinger, who enjoyed a personal best performance during the preliminary round of 20s. 

Erzinger ended up winning the 20s with a score of 108 as he equaled Jarmo Puiras’ record set in 2004. However, he shattered Orrin Hargraves’ provincial mark of 92 set in 2010.

During the tournament Erzinger, 17, played 23 games. He also placed fourth with Ed Erzinger in the doubles competition, won by Brian Cook and Fred Slater from Toronto. Taking second was Jordon and Ed Ripley of Summerland.

Erzinger began playing crokinole when he was seven and learned from his father.

“With good boards, you can hit great trick shots,” said Erzinger, who loves to play board games and golf. “That’s the fun part for me. You just get satisfaction when a shot works.”

Erzinger found the competition to be fairly easy until he faced Cook and Slater. However, his performance this season was his best by far of the four years. Erzinger plays once a week in Summerland but also at home.

In doubles recreation, Vancouver’s Valerie Arnup and Nicole St. Pierre took first place, while Charlene and Tyler Ripley of Summerland were second. In third was Angie and Newt Tomson from Minitonas, Man.

In singles competitive, Cook took first place, while Slater was second. Adrian Conradi from Kamloops was third and Erzinger placed fourth.

In singles recreation, 11-year-old Jordan Ripley won. In second was Arnup, while Doug Mills of Summerland was third. In fourth was 10-year-old Elle Good.