Andrew McDougall of Calgary stopped Robin Clarke of Toronto 3-0 in Sunday’s open final of National Bank Financial Winter Carnival Open Squash Tournament at Rosters.
McDougall, ranked No. 98 in the world, pocketed $1,500. Clarke, rated No. 77, earned $1,250.
Tourney director Sherman Dahl said the event was again a tremendous success.
“Although Robin Clarke was seeded No. 1 and was the favorite to win, McDougall was fast and strong and proved too much on Sunday,” said Dahl. “Clarke endured a punishing match on Saturday night that went a full five games against Andrew Schnell of Alberta. This marathon battle clearly took its toll on Clarke and affected his speed on Sunday afternoon.”
Said Clarke: “I have not played a match that hard in over a month – it was so hard.”
The Thomas Brinkman versus McDougall semifinal match Saturday night was also a stunning display of pro squash with McDougall prevailing.
Said tourney director Lorne Lillemo: “Brinkman started here in Vernon playing men’s B – and now he is playing top-100 in the world – so we are proud of Thomas and what he has accomplished.”
Luke Vaggers, Andrew Lynn and Sarfaraz Ahmed, all of Vancouver, and Bob Ballinger of Calgary rounded out the top-eight open class finishers.
Iain Butler won the men’s A over Murray Bennetto in an all-Vernon final, while George James of Penticton was third.
In men’s B+, it was Darwin Horning of Vernon first followed by Chris Outram of Kelowna and Kevin Scollon of Kamloops.
Chris Galer of Vancouver took men’s B with Greg Walker of Kelowna runner-up and Bruce Madu of Kamloops third.
Jarrett Achsen of Penticton ruled men’s C ahead of Vancouver’s Jim Stone and Rob Babuin of Vernon.
In men’s D, it was Simon Moreira-Munoz of Salmon Arm first and Barry Brouwers of Vernon second.
Robert Marr of Vernon topped the over 50 class followed by Paul Lamoureux of Nelson and Walker.
The top-three in the ladies B division were all from Vernon: Supha Borden, Deb Grotterod and Cheryl Schmidt.
Meredith Hattori of Vancouver ruled the ladies C with Sue Rogers of Vernon second and Joanne Elliott of Nelson third.
The other corporate sponsors were: Novus Energy, Raven Traders, RB Squash Sales, Re/Max – Murray Bennetto, Advertising Works, KPMG, Lunde Architect, Midian Coffee Co. (Lorne Lillemo), Nixon Wenger, Predator Ridge Golf Resort, Kal Tire and Monashee Surveying.