Team Hardie wins GSCT Braehead Open
Grant Hardie and his team of Blair Fraser, Dave Reid and Billy Morton were the winners of the first GSCT event of the season. Hardie and MacDonald had a good tustle in the final, with Hardie 1 up, with hammer, going down the last. The final few shots from both skips were fantastic, but it was Hardie who emerged victorious 6-5, gaining tour points, the Braehead Open trophy and £650 prize money.
After the initial 3 rounds, teams Mouat and Jackson from A and Bryce and MacDonald from B proceeded straight to the Quarter-Finals.
In the playoffs for high Rd quarter spots, Hardie beat MacFarlane 9-2, Ireland beat McCall 7-3, Lumsden beat Wilson 4-2 and Havercroft beat Horton 7-3.
The bottom 4 from each section headed to a low road 3 game mini shenkel, all games being 6 ends.
This meant that the Quarter-Finals would be Bryce v Lumsden, MacDonald v Havercroft, Mouat v Ireland, Jackson v Hardie.
Team Hardie moved through the Final after beating team Bryce 8-2. So all eyes were on the Semi-Final between teams MacDonald and Mouat. With the teams still being tied after normal time, the game came down to a draw shot for a place in the final. Bruce Mouat managed to get very close to the button, but the reigning Scottish champion Ewan MacDonald held his nerve and came out on top. So Team MacDonald faced Team Hardie in the Final and Team Bryce met Team Mouat in the 3 v 4 game.
In the end it was Team Hardie that emerged victorious to take the first Goldline Scottish Curling Tour compeition title of the season, while Team Stuart Taylor won the mini shenkel, with Kubeskova coming second.
The Next Goldline Scottish Curling Tour event in the calendar is the Dumfries Open which will be held from 16-18 October.
Photos: Jayne Stirling