Tour Challenge: History

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

The goal of the Tour Challenge is to broaden the field with the opportunity for 60 teams on the World Curling Tour to participate in a Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling 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. Team Koe clipped local favourites Team Gushue of St. John’s in an extra end during the men’s final. Team Tirinzoni stunned Team Homan by stealing the eighth end of the “fog bowl” women’s final for their first career Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling title.

The Tour Challenge crossed the country the following season landing in Cranbrook, B.C. Sweden’s Team Edin picked up their second Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling title in as many weeks defeating Scotland’s Team Smith in the first-ever all-European men’s final in the series.

Team Sweeting is the only squad to win the Tier 1 title more than once capturing back-to-back championships in 2016 and 2017. They went undefeated through the 2017 tournament although they needed a steal in the final frame over Team Hasselborg to successfully defend the title.

Team Einarson is the most notable Tier 2 champion as their win in 2015 was their first title victory as a squad. They went on to capture the 2016 Boost National before slipping back into the Tier 2 stage the following season. Einarson earned the Tier 2 championship once more to receive another promotion and proved her team belonged back in the elite group finishing runner-up at the 2018 Masters.


Tier 1 Champions

Season Men’s Champions Women’s Champions
2015-16 koe
Team Koe
Skip: Kevin Koe
Third: Marc Kennedy
Second: Brent Laing
Lead: Ben Hebert
tirinzoni
Team Tirinzoni
Skip: Silvana Tirinzoni
Third: Manuela Siegrist
Second: Esther Neuenschwander
Lead: Marlene Albrecht
2016-17 edin
Team Edin
Skip: Niklas Edin
Third: Oskar Eriksson
Second: Rasmus Wrana
Lead: Christoffer Sundgren
sweeting
Team Sweeting
Skip: Val Sweeting
Third: Lori Olson-Johns
Second: Dana Ferguson
Lead: Rachel Brown
2017-18 gushue
Team Gushue
Skip: Brad Gushue
Third: Mark Nichols
Second: Brett Gallant
Lead: Geoff Walker
sweeting
Team Sweeting
Skip: Val Sweeting
Third: Lori Olson-Johns
Second: Dana Ferguson
Lead: Rachel Brown
2018-19 jacobs
Team Jacobs
Skip: Brad Jacobs
Third: Ryan Fry
Second: E.J. Harnden
Lead: Ryan Harnden
homan
Team Homan
Skip: Rachel Homan
Third: Emma Miskew
Second: Joanne Courtney
Lead: Lisa Weagle

Tier 2 Champions

Season Men’s Champions Women’s Champions
2015-16 cotter
Team Cotter
Skip: Jim Cotter
Third: Ryan Kuhn
Second: Tyrel Griffith
Lead: Rick Sawatsky
einarson
Team Einarson
Skip: Kerri Einarson
Third: Selena Kaatz
Second: Liz Fyfe
Lead: Kristin MacCuish
2016-17 balsdon
Team Balsdon
Skip: Greg Balsdon
Third: Jonathan Beuk
Second: David Staples
Lead: Scott Chadwick
harrison
Team Harrison
Skip: Jacqueline Harrison
Third: Janet Murphy
Second: Stephanie Matheson
Lead: Melissa Foster
2017-18 gunnlaugson
Team Gunnlaugson
Skip: Jason Gunnlaugson
Third: Alex Forrest
Second: Ian McMillan
Lead: Connor Njegovan
einarson
Team Einarson
Skip: Kerri Einarson
Third: Selena Kaatz
Second: Liz Fyfe
Lead: Kristin MacCuish
2018-19 muyres
Team Muyres
Skip: Kirk Muyres
Third: Kevin Marsh
Second: Daniel Marsh
Lead: Dallan Muyres
stern
Team Stern
Skip: Elena Stern
Fourth: Briar Huerlimann
Second: Lisa Gisler
Lead: Celine Koller