The 40th Annual John Scott Memorial Senior Men's Bonspiel was played on Thursday, January 23rd at the Orillia Curling Club. It is a closed competition between four area clubs. Why?
John Scott was an avid curler who had a cottage on Lake of Bays and, when not curling in Toronto, regularly curled at Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Huntsville and Orillia. He died, suddenly, while sweeping a rock at the Granite Club in Toronto and his widow asked that a Bonspiel be created in his memory and that it involve the four clubs he favoured most outside of Toronto. And so it began.
Each club sends four teams to play in two draws.
The host club has some latitude with regards to ends played, scoring, prize money, etc but the overriding rule is that the club with the highest aggregate score for the four teams sent is the winner of the John Scott Trophy.
A balanced number of games are played against each of the other clubs and no team is allowed to play another team from the same club. A challenge for a Draw Master.
Next year, the John Scott moves to Huntsville and the trophy adorned with crests of each of the previous winning teams will be on display and ready to be moved to the 2021 winning club.
The high one game score from Orillia was won by team Jim Quigley in draw one and team Rick Swinton in draw two.
Bracebridge won the trophy this year and Orillia was a close second.