Edinburgh curler Bruce Mouat made a superb start to the new season by becoming only the second non-Canadian winner of the Oakville Tankard in Ontario.
The former world junior champion was the form player all week, winning all six matches on his way to the final, including an 8-3 quarter-final victory over Perth’s Olympic skip Kyle Smith.
Mouat and his new-look line-up of Hammy McMillan, Bobby Lammie and Grant Hardie then scraped past local favourite Tanner Horgan 6-5 in the semis before ruining Chang-Min Kim’s 32nd birthday in a nail-biting final.
The South Korean struck an early blow when he counted three stones at the fourth end to lead 3-1, but the Scots scored twos at the fifth and seventh ends and then withstood Kim’s desperate attempts to take the contest to an extra end.
Mouat’s 6-4 victory capped a marvellous 24 hours for Scottish Curling after Kelso’s Cameron Bryce won the Tallinn Challenger in Estonia on Sunday.