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Rosters courts squash stars

Toronto’s Robin Clarke, rated No. 77 in the world, is one of 80 competitors vying for a piece of the $6,000 purse at the National Bank Financial/Novus Energy Winter Carnival Open Squash Tournament, Feb. 11-13, at Rosters Sports Club. - Photo Submitted
Toronto’s Robin Clarke, rated No. 77 in the world, is one of 80 competitors vying for a piece of the $6,000 purse at the National Bank Financial/Novus Energy Winter Carnival Open Squash Tournament, Feb. 11-13, at Rosters Sports Club.
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A pair of top-100 world ranked players will chase a $6,000 purse in the National Bank Financial/Novus Energy Winter Carnival Open Squash Tournament, Feb. 11-13, at Rosters Sports Club.

Tournament director Sherman Dahl said both Robin Clarke of Toronto – rated No. 77 – and Andrew McDougall of Calgary – ranked 98th – have confirmed entry in the open draw.

Former junior superstar Andrew Schnell of Calgary – rated No. 6 in Canada – Calgary club pro Bob Ballinger and Andrew Lynn of Vancouver – ranked No. 9 in Canada – are also booked.

Home-schooled all his life, Schnell, 18, is now attending the University of Calgary to study philosophy and law; the latter being the backup plan if things don’t work out with squash. He plays on the Professional Squash Association Tour.

“This is one of the strongest and most competitive draws in the tournament’s history,” said director Morey Walker.

Added director Iain Butler: “Vernon will once again host a world-class tournament. This will rival the level of squash I was used to seeing in my home country of England – where squash is a huge sport.”

Dahl said the tournament is full with 80 players, including A through D divisions and a men’s over 50 class. The open champion pockets $1,500 and the runner-up earns $1,250.

There will be a pub night dinner on the Friday and a tournament dinner with entertainment on the Saturday. Play starts late Friday afternoon.

“We could not host this event without the support of our local members and businesses,” said Gus Morris of Rosters.

Other sponsors helping pad the prize pool are: Raven Traders, RB Squash Sales, Re/Max-Murray Bennetto, Advertising Works, KPMG, Lunde Architect, Midian Coffee Co. (Lorne Lillemo), Nixon Wenger, Predator Golf Resort, Kal Tire and Monashee Surveying.

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