Team Paterson to fly the flag for Scotland
The Scottish quartet hope to end their breakthrough season with a major title.
Team Ross Paterson have been chosen by Scottish Curling as their representatives at the Curling World Cup Grand Final in Beijing, taking place between 8-12 May.
Scotland secured their spot in the men’s event at May’s showpiece by earning one of two places handed to the highest-ranking points scorers who did not win one of the first three legs.
In Paterson’s first season as skip, the newly-formed team – which features Duncan Menzies, Kyle Waddell and Michael Goodfellow - have had a campaign to remember, claiming their first Grand Slam title at The Boost National in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, last December.
Paterson’s rink accumulated 13 points in Jonkoping, while Team Bruce Mouat tallied up 12 and nine points in Suzhou and Omaha respectively.
“It's always a great honour to represent Scotland,” said the 34-year-old. “We're disappointed that we didn't make the World Championships this year so to be given the opportunity to compete at the Curling World Cup Final as Team Scotland is a fantastic feeling and we're excited to be heading to Beijing.”
In Jonkoping, the Scottish quartet were edged out of a final spot by eventual champions Team Matt Dunstone of Canada, having been unbeaten until their very last round-robin game.
“We had an awesome time in Sweden. It was an incredibly well-run event and a lot of fun to play in,” added Paterson.
“We felt like we played well enough over the week to make the final but that's curling and we're looking forward to playing some great teams at the Curling World Cup Grand Final.”
Paterson’s compatriots Team Mouat still have an opportunity to compete in Beijing, with a spot available for the winner of the World Men’s Curling Championship which takes place in Lethbridge, Canada next month.