Squash: Masters event for Dumfries

14 11 2009

Over the weekend of Friday to Sunday, November 20 to 22, Nunholm Squash Club is hosting the inaugural South of Scotland Masters Open Squash Championships.

This is a Scottish Squash Masters circuit ranking tournament and provides age-group competitions from the O35s right up to the O75s for men and O35s and O-50s for ladies.

Participants in ranking tournaments gain points throughout the season which decide team selection for the Scottish teams participating in the Home Internationals held annually in May.

Tournament Director, Keith Gristwood, said: “This is a prestigious tournament to attract to Dumfries and we are proud to be hosts for the first time.

“We are expecting a large entry of 80-90 players, the majority of whom will be Scottish from as far away as Wick, Inverness and Aberdeen, but also from Cumbria and the Durham areas due to our club’s connections in these areas.”

He added: “We are extremely grateful to our numerous sponsors, particularly in the current economic climate, without whose financial assistance we would be hard pushed to put on such a tournament.

“Masters squash tournaments are very social events and many players are accompanied by their partners and some with their children so the town will benefit from an influx of 120+ people during the weekend seeking accommodation, food and drinks and entertainment.”

Nunholm Squash Club’s players historically have strongly supported the Scottish Squash Masters circuit tournaments around the country playing in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bridge of Allan, Oban, Inverness, Stonehaven, Montrose and the end of season Scottish National Championships held normally in Aberdeen.

Last season the club decided it was time it had its own masters tournament and once the club affiliated with Scottish Squash it duly agreed.

Nunholm Squash Club has punched well above its weight when it comes to collecting national titles.

The club currently has four Scottish champions (out of nine) with Jimmy Wells in the U45s, Robin Ridley in the O50s and David Rogan in both the O70s and O75s.

These players plus Sue Strachan in the ladies O35s represented Scotland in last May’s Home Internationals series while Ronnie Carter from Lockerbie also made the O45s men’s team.

Currently there are other Nunholm players on the cusp of breaking through into the national teams.

Spectators are welcome throughout the weekend at Nunholm Squash Club.

In the event of a large entry, matches will be played on Friday commencing around 6pm until around 9pm.

Saturday’s matches commence at 9.30am until around 6.30pm and Sunday’s (semi-finals and finals day) matches commence around 9.30am until around 6pm. Refreshments will be available from the club’s fully-licensed bar.

Entrance is free to all spectators. So come on down and see some of Scotland’s top Masters’ squash players and support our local participants.

Further information on the tournament can be obtained on the site here.

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