McDougall collects Carnival title

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.

Robin Clarke (left) plays Andrew McDougall in the men's final of the Vernon Open Squash Tournament Sunday at Rosters Sports Bar & Grill.  McDougall took the final 3-0.

Robin Clarke (left) plays Andrew McDougall in the men's final of the Vernon Open Squash Tournament Sunday at Rosters Sports Bar & Grill. McDougall took the final 3-0.

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.