Squash: SOS Masters follow-up

20 01 2010

Dear Members,

Now that the tournament accounts have been finalised and the Festive season is well and truly over for another year, I thought I’d report back to you on our inaugural South of Scotland Masters Open Squash Championships.

In all measures the tournament was a big success and this was partially down to our sponsors. All the feedback to-date has been extremely positive and many participants were taken aback pleasantly with the homely-feel to our club and the tournament itself. At subsequent tournaments, several players who couldn’t make it to Dumfries indicated that they’d heard all about it and would be attending next year.

In economic terms, the tournament was a big success:

  • It attracted 78 players to Dumfries over the weekend (highest to-date) with a good contingent of ladies, in fact the best turn-out for ladies’ events at a Masters tournament this season to-date;
  • The 81 paid entries (we had a few call-offs due to the flooding in the run-up to the tournament) effectively covered our annual affiliation fees to Scottish Squash;
  • The Club’s bar receipts were around £950, nearly triple a normal weekend’s takings;
  • The squash-bag raffle raised £65 for our junior squash;
  • The net profit to the Squash Club was just over £770 to be put towards future court maintenance and improvements.

The Club as a whole received good press coverage pre- and post-tournament in the D&G Standard and a soon-to-be published article and photo of local winners in Dumfries & Galloway Life. The Club’s participants won 4 of the 11 age-group titles and runners-up in 3 others, so altogether an excellent weekend with Nunholm once again punching above its weight on the Masters circuit. Our local main event and plate winners included:

Davy Rogan – O75s
Abbie Robertson – O70s
Faith Sinclair – Ladies O50s
Sue Strachan – Ladies O35s

John Thin – O40s Plate
Raymond Kirk – O55s Plate

Jimmy Wells – O45s Runner-up
Malcolm McCubbin – O50s Runner-up
Davy Rogan – O70s Runner-up

Keith Gristwood
Tournament Director

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