About the Tour Challenge

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The Tour Challenge was one of two new events added to the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling series for the 2015-16 season.

The field for this event features a total of 30 men’s and 30 women’s teams split into two tiers with 15 teams participating in each tier.

The goal of the Tour Challenge is to broaden the field and kick the curling season off with the opportunity for 60 teams on the World Curling Tour to participate in a Pinty’s GSOC event on arena ice. Two ice pads are converted for a total of 10 curling sheets for the Tour Challenge, one of which will host Tier 1 and the second will feature Tier 2 right next door.

The winners of the Tier 1 event receive invitations to the Champions Cup, the final event of the Pinty’s GSOC season that showcases all of the winners from major events in curling.

The winners of the Tier 2 event receive invitations to the following Pinty’s GSOC event, the Masters, giving them a chance to move up to the elite ranks.


Rogers Grand Slam Cup

The Rogers Grand Slam Cup is awarded to the men’s and women’s teams that have accumulated the most bonus points over the course of the season. Points are distributed in the Tour Challenge Tier 1 division as per below:

1st place: 12 points
2nd place: 9 points
3rd & 4th place: 7 points
5th – 8th place: 5 points
1 point per win for all other teams

Note: Teams competing in the Tour Challenge Tier 2 division do not earn Rogers Grand Slam Cup points.

For up-to-date standings and more information on the Rogers Grand Slam Cup, click here.


Tour Challenge Tier 1 men’s champions

2015-16: Kevin Koe, Marc Kennedy, Brent Laing, Ben Hebert

2016-17: Niklas Edin, Oskar Eriksson, Rasmus Wrana, Christoffer Sundgren


Tour Challenge Tier 1 women’s champions

2015-16: Silvana Tirinzoni, Manuela Siegrist, Esther Neuenschwander, Marlene Albrecht

2016-17: Val Sweeting, Lori Olson-Johns, Dana Ferguson, Rachel Brown


Tour Challenge Tier 2 men’s champions

2015-16: Jim Cotter, Ryan Kuhn, Tyrel Griffith, Rick Sawatsky

2016-17: Greg Balsdon, Jonathan Beuk, David Staples, Scott Chadwick


Tour Challenge Tier 2 women’s champions

2015-16: Kerri Einarson, Selena Kaatz, Liz Fyfe, Kristin MacCuish

2016-17: Jacqueline Harrison, Janet Murphy, Stephanie Matheson, Melissa Foster