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 schedule during the 2015-16 season and features the largest field in the series.

The goal of the Tour Challenge is to broaden the field and kick off the curling season 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, one of which will host Tier 1 and the second will feature Tier 2 right next door.

Paradise, N.L., hosted the inaugural Tour Challenge in September 2015. Calgary’s Kevin Koe clipped local favourite Brad Gushue of St. John’s, N.L., in an extra end during the men’s final. Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland stunned Ottawa’s Rachel Homan by stealing the eighth end of the women’s final for her first career GSOC title.

The Tour Challenge travelled to the opposite coast the following season landing in Cranbrook, B.C. Sweden’s Niklas Edin picked up his second GSOC title in as many weeks defeating Scotland’s Kyle Smith in the first-ever all-European men’s final in the series. Edmonton’s Val Sweeting captured the women’s title beating Winnipeg’s Michelle Englot.

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.


Bonus Cup

The Bonus 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 at the Tour Challenge Tier 1 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

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

Note: Teams in the Tier 2 division do not earn Bonus Cup points.


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

2017-18: Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant, Geoff Walker


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

2017-18: 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

2017-18: Jason Gunnlaugson, Alex Forrest, Ian McMillan, Connor Njegovan


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

2017-18: Kerri Einarson, Selena Kaatz, Liz Fyfe, Kristin MacCuish