Glenn Howard defeats Greg McAulay to win National title

February 3, 2002, 8:00 PM

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. — Glenn Howard, from Coldwater, Ont., held on to defeat Greg McAulay, from Richmond, B.C., 9-7 to win the inaugural National Grand Slam of Curling title.

Howard jumped out to a 3-0 advantage with a deuce in the first end followed by a steal of one.

The two rinks alternated singles and then pairs of points as Howard maintained a three-point advantage to lead 6-3. McAulay counted another two in the seventh to close the gap to one but Howard pulled away with a three-ender in the eighth. McAulay earned another deuce in the ninth but gave up the hammer coming home.

Howard, third Richard Hart, second Collin Mitchell and lead Jason Mitchell earned $30,000.

Snow falling through a hole in the roof caused a delay as the match was shifted to another sheet on the ice.