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.
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.