Scotch Cup

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The Scotch Cup is the annual world championships for curling, organized by the World Curling Federation and contested by national championship teams.

History[edit | edit source]

The Scotch Cup began in 1959. The Scotch Cup was created by Toronto public relations executive and former sports journalist Stanley D. Houston on behalf of the Scotch Whisky Association, a client of Houston's agency Public Relations Services Limited, which was looking to generate increased North American exposure for its products. The first three Cups were contested between men's teams from Scotland and Canada. The United States joined the Scotch Cup in 1961, and Sweden also joined the next year. The following year in 1963, the United States almost cause a boilover when they lead by one match win over the Canadians after four draws. Though they would go to lose to the Canadians and than to Sweden in the final draw of the tournament which gave the Canadians their fifth title in a row.

1964 saw the first change in the winner with Scotland defeating Canada in the final to become the first team to win the Scotch Cup that was the Canadians with them winning it on the last end in an expanded format which saw Norway and Switzerland join for the first time. This was also the first time that the tournament was held outside of Scotland with Canada hosting the tournament two months after it's debut at the 1964 Winter Olympics.

Championships[edit | edit source]

Men[edit | edit source]

Year Host city/cities Champions Runners-up
1959 Scotland Falkirk, Perth, and Edinburgh, Scotland Flag of Canada Canada Flag of Scotland Scotland
1960 Scotland Ayr, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, Scotland Flag of Canada Canada (2) Flag of Scotland Scotland
1961 Scotland Ayr, Kirkcaldy, Perth, and Edinburgh, Scotland Flag of Canada Canada (3) Flag of Scotland Scotland
1962 Scotland Falkirk and Edinburgh, Scotland Flag of Canada Canada (4) Flag of United States United States
1963 Scotland Perth, Scotland Flag of Canada Canada (5) Flag of United States United States
1964 Canada Calgary, Canada Flag of Scotland Scotland Flag of Canada Canada

External links[edit | edit source]

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