Saskatoon's Stefanie Lawton wins curling Players' Championship
Saskatoon's Stefanie Lawton defeated Winnipeg's Cathy Overton-Clapham 7-3 in the women's final of the Capital One Grand Slam of Curling Sun Life Financial Players' Championship in Summerside on Saturday afternoon.
"It was a great game," Lawton said. "We started off playing well, and there were lots of great shots being made. There were lots of really good freezes by both teams."
The turning point came in the sixth end, when Lawton was able to count three with a hit-and-stick in the four-foot for a 5-3 lead. She then stole a deuce in the seventh end, and that's when Overton-Clapham decided to shake hands.
"In the fifth end, I missed my shot for a blank [to give Overton-Clapham a 2-1 lead]," Lawton said. "I was a little frustrated after that one. We just said, 'Let's bounce back, get our deuce in six,' and came back with a three.
"It was a tough shot Cathy had to play for a freeze in there. She came up a little short, and left me a hit for three. It was a great game, well-played by both teams and there were just a few opportunities that we took advantage of."
Overton-Clapham said she took a little weight off her freeze attempt in an effort to force Lawton into a difficult draw and possibly holding her to one point.
"It really curled," Overton-Clapham said. "We talked about it, and we thought it may be slowing up a bit. Unfortunately, it was bad timing for that.
"Overall, to walk away from this bonspiel with as much money as we won today, it's great and we couldn't have asked for a better week."
Lawton had made the final by defeating Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones in the semifinal, while Overton-Clapham had dispatched Sherry Middaugh of Coldwater, Ont., in the other semi.
In men's semifinal play, Toronto's John Epping upset Edmonton's Kevin Martin 6-4.
Trailing 4-2 in the seventh end, a missed hit by Martin allowed Epping to score three and take the lead.
In the final end, Martin had a tough double shot for two, which didn't curl enough to give Epping the steal for the win.
Glenn Howard of Coldwater, Ont., advanced to the final with a 7-3 win over Winnipeg's Mike McEwen.
Howard's win clinched the Capital One Cup and the $50,000 top-prize winnings.
Epping and Howard will play in the tournament's final on Sunday.