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Jacobs clinches Tour Challenge playoff spot

Brad Jacobs picked up a pair of Tour Challenge wins on Thursday
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2017-12-05 Brad Jacobs RI
Photo courtesy Roy Iachetta Sr.

Brad Jacobs used a pair of wins on Thursday to qualify for the playoff round at the latest Grand Slam of Curling event in Thunder Bay, Ont. this week.

The Jacobs rink, which included third Ryan Fry, second E.J. Harnden, and lead Ryan Harnden, beat Glenn Howard of Penetanguishene, Ont. 5-1 on Thursday evening to improve to 3-0 at the Tour Challenge, the third event on the Grand Slam schedule.

With things tied at one, Jacobs scored a pair in the sixth end before stealing two more in the seventh to beat Howard.

Jacobs opened the day with a 5-3 win over Braden Calvert of Winnipeg in Thursday’s morning draw.

With the game tied at three, Jacobs scored a pair in the eighth end to pick up the win.

The Jacobs rink wraps up round robin action on Friday against Kevin Koe of Calgary in the evening draw.

The Tour Challenge features two tiers with 15 men’s and 15 women’s rinks competing in the top tier. The teams are split into pools of five teams each and include the top 15 teams according to the World Curling Tour’s Order of Merit. 

The top eight teams advance to the playoff round on the weekend.

The second tier includes the next 10 teams on the Order of Merit along with five teams each from the Thunder Bay region.

Quarterfinal action on the men’s side is set for 4 p.m. on Saturday with the semifinal to follow at 8 p.m.

The men’s final is set for 4 p.m. on Sunday.




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