Jamie Sinclair delivers a stone during the 2018 Meridian Canadian Open in Camrose, Alta. (Anil Mungal)

Sinclair, Persinger secure Champions Cup spots

March 12, 2018, 2:47 PM

The field is filling up fast for the Humpty’s Champions Cup.

Four more spots were locked down this weekend for the season-ending Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling tournament running April 24-29 at Calgary’s WinSport Arena.


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Jamie Sinclair successfully defended the U.S. national women’s championship to secure her team’s spot once again at the Humpty’s Champions Cup. Sinclair ran the table with an unblemished 8-0 record including a 6-5 victory over Cory Christensen’s team in Saturday’s final in Fargo, N.D.

Greg Persinger also grabbed a Humpty’s Champions Cup spot by winning the U.S. national men’s championship. Team Persinger, skipped by third Rich Ruohonen, went 10-1 in the tournament including a 7-5 decision over Heath McCormick in the final.

Canada cleaned up at the world junior championships in Aberdeen, Scotland, with Kaitlyn Jones and Tyler Tardi now booking their Humpty’s Champions Cup places. Jones defeated defending champion Isabella Wrana of Sweden 7-4 while Tardi topped Scotland’s Ross Whyte 6-5 in an extra end for the gold.

Brad Gushue repeated as the Tim Hortons Brier champion Sunday beating Alberta’s Brendan Bottcher 6-4. Gushue already guaranteed his Humpty’s Champions Cup spot by winning the Tour Challenge Tier 1 back in September, thus opening up a spot for a World Curling Tour winner to receive an invitation. Also, Olympic gold medallist John Shuster will be unable to attend with his team visiting the White House.

The next opportunity for a men’s team to grab a Humpty’s Champions Cup invitation is the Princess Auto Elite 10 running Thursday to Sunday at Winnipeg’s St. James Civic Centre.

The Humpty’s Champions Cup features 15 men’s teams and 15 women’s who have won a high-profile tournament.

HUMPTY’S CHAMPIONS CUP ELIGIBLE EVENTS

Men’s Qualifying Events Women’s Qualifying Events
2017 Humpty’s Champions Cup
Brad Jacobs
2017 Humpty’s Champions Cup
Rachel Homan
Tour Challenge (Tier 1)
Brad Gushue
Tour Challenge (Tier 1)
Val Sweeting
Masters
Brad Gushue*
Masters
Jennifer Jones
BOOST National
Bruce Mouat
BOOST National
Jennifer Jones*
Meridian Canadian Open
Peter de Cruz
Meridian Canadian Open
Chelsea Carey
Princess Auto Elite 10
March 15-18
Players’ Championship
April 10-15
Players’ Championship
April 10-15
Pacific-Asia Championship
EunJung Kim
Pacific-Asia Championship
Chang-Min Kim
European Championship
Eve Muirhead
European Championship
Niklas Edin
Scotties Tournament of Hearts
Jennifer Jones*
Winter Olympics
John Shuster
Winter Olympics
Anna Hasselborg
U.S. National Championship
Greg Persinger
U.S. National Championship
Jamie Sinclair
World Junior Championship
Tyler Tardi
World Junior Championship
Kaitlyn Jones
Tim Hortons Brier
Brad Gushue*
World Championship
March 17-25
World Championship
March 31-April 8
World Curling Tour Spot 1
TBD
World Curling Tour Spot
TBD
World Curling Tour Spot 2
TBD

* If a team wins more than one of the events listed (e.g. Team Gushue capturing the Tour Challenge Tier 1 and Masters) or a team is unable to make it to the Humpty’s Champions Cup, the winner of the next-ranked World Curling Tour event based on strength of field will receive an invitation.

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