The Vernon Optometry 20/20 Squash Open, is finally in full swing April 29-May 1. (Roster photo)

B.C.’s best squash players swing into Vernon

Tournament back after 2 years of COVID cancellations

After two years of cancellations due to COVID-19, the Vernon Optometry 20/20 Squash Open is finally in full swing.

Squash players from around the province will converge on the Roster Sports Club Bar & Grill for the annual tournament Friday, April 29, to Sunday, May 1.

“This tournament has been over two years in the making. The original April 2020 date was only a few weeks after the initial COVID restriction came into effect, and then the following year, additional restrictions just prior kiboshed plans again. We are all really excited about competing and hosting a great event at The Roster,” said Peter Trafford, the club’s squash pro and tournament organizer.

More than 50 players will be competing for over $3,800 in total prizes, including an open draw where four of the top 20 squash players in the province will be competing, as well as Men’s A, B, C and Women’s categories. The finals are set for Sunday at 2 p.m.

The tournament will also offer a silent auction with some great prizes donated by local business. All of the proceeds of the auction will go to support the the Kalamalka Rotary Club’s Starfish Pack program.

Tournament sponsor Dr. Tanner Udenberg, co-owner of Vernon Optometry and local optometrist, is thrilled to finally see the tournament come to fruition.

“We have gone through a number of planning sessions over the past two years, only to be disappointed, so we are all certainly happy to see it finally happening this weekend,” Udenberg said. “It’s going to be a great weekend with some very exciting matches to watch.”

Spectators are welcome.

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