Viktor Berg of Vancouver plays Andrew Braff of Kelowna Saturday morning in the 14th annual National Bank Financial/Novus Energy Winter Carnival Open Squash Tournament at Rosters Sports Club.

Viktor Berg of Vancouver plays Andrew Braff of Kelowna Saturday morning in the 14th annual National Bank Financial/Novus Energy Winter Carnival Open Squash Tournament at Rosters Sports Club.

Berg trumps Todd in Vernon Winter Carnival Open final

Viktor Berg of Vancouver sweeps Justin Todd of Winnipeg in the Open Men’s final of the Winter Carnival Squash Tournament at Rosters.

Viktor Berg of Vancouver swept Justin Todd of Winnipeg 3-0 in the Open Men’s final of the National Bank Financial/Novus Energy Winter Carnival Squash Tournament Sunday at Rosters.

A total of 70 players from across Canada competed with the open purse worth $5,000.

“Once again, our local members were able to watch world-class squash right here in Vernon,” said Gus Morris of Rosters. “This would not be possible without our corporate sponsors and committee members.”

Berg pocketed $1,250, while Todd earned $1,000. Berg, 34, was ranked No. 44 in the world nine years ago after joining the Professional Squash Association circuit in 1996.

Second-seeded 22-year-old Thomas Brinkman of Victoria lost to the 23-year-old Todd 3-0 in Saturday semifinal play. Berg knocked out Chris Hanebury of Vancouver 3-0 in the other semi.

Jayden Wadd of Australia, a late entry unable to play in the Open class, won the Men’s A event over Murray Bennetto of Vernon. Jean-Michel Leblanc of Victoria took third.

Ryan Makela of Kelowna brushed off Steve McCourt of Vernon for the Men’s B title with Paul Lamoureux of Nelson third.

In Men’s C, it was Bruce Tennant of Chilliwack defeating Mike Mitchell of Kamloops. Jason Weglo of Vernon placed third.

The Men’s Over 50 prize went to Ira Pitcher of Vernon, followed by Rob Babuin of Vernon and Norm Tennant of Revelstoke.

Deb Grotterod of Vernon topped the Ladies B title over Annie Bokser of Nelson, while Nancy Quackenbush of Nelson finished third.

The Ladies C category went to Cathy Heyland of Nelson, ahead of Amanda Maltais of Revelstoke and Nadine Ducharme of Nelson.

Other corporate sponsors were: Raven Traders, RB Squash Sales, Re/Max-Murray Bennetto, Advertising Works, KPMG, Lunde Architecht, Midlan Coffee Co. (Lorne Lillemo), Nixon Wenger, Predator Rdge, UPS Store, Kal Tire and Monashee Surveying.