When Tom Brewster and his team lost out to David Murdoch in the European Qualifying Competition, another opportunity became available for them. They were able to accept an invitation to compete in the BDO Canadian Open, one of the Grand Slam events, in the K-Rock Centre, in Kingston, Ontario.
Eighteen teams are involved in this, in three sections, with eight qualifying for playoffs. Play begins this evening (Wednesday) although Tom, Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow don't play until Thursday morning. The draw and results will be here.
Apparently all the players have agreed to try out a new five stone free guard zone rule. It will be interesting to read what the best players in the world think of this innovation.
Team Brewster is one of two foreign teams in the mix. The other is that of Niklas Edin, silver medallists from Moscow. Both are in the same section.
I picked up on this article in the Kingston Whig Standard. Aside from the purple prose in referring to Tom as 'the ice man of Scotland', I note that there is to be 'a pub crawl following Wednesday's first draw. Transportation will be available for fans and the curlers to the designated pubs.'
I've heard of 'designated drivers', but 'designated pubs' is a first!
Top photo of Tom Brewster is from the European Qualifying Competition and is © Tom Brydone.