Squash stars confirmed for 14th annual Winter Carnival Open

Squash pros desend on Vernon for the 14th annual Winter Carnival Squash Open, Feb. 10-12, at Rosters Sports Club.

  • Jan. 27, 2012 12:00 p.m.

One seasoned veteran and one teenage phenom are the latest confirmed pros for the 14th annual Winter Carnival Squash Open, Feb. 10-12, at Rosters Sports Club.

Viktor Berg, 34, of Vancouver, and 17-year-old Zach Leman of Surrey join a list including Andrew Schnell of Calgary, Andrew Lynn of North Vancouver, Justin Todd of Vancouver and Thomas Brinkman of Manitoba.

They will seek $5,000 in prize money in a field of eight pros.

“Berg is the only Canadian ranked in the ISDA top-eight and this guy has some serious on-court personality,” said tourney director Sherman Dahl. “He has been ranked No. 1 in doubles and as high as No. 39 in singles.”

Berg has been partnered with Damien Mudge, playing the right wall, and has won pretty much every doubles tournament in North America. He’s also played some very successful mixed doubles where he plays the left wall with Jessie Chai.

Berg runs pro squash training camps with Shahier Razik of Toronto, and his style of play is very dynamic and incredibly exciting to watch, said Dahl.

Leman claimed 2011 titles in the B.C. Junior Open U17 and the Junior Closed U17, while taking a silver medal at the 2011 Canada Winter Games with Team B.C.

He also bagged a bronze medal in mixed doubles, and fifth in the team event at the 2010 Pan-American Junior Championships with Team Canada.

The pro division winner collects $1,500, while the runner-up earns $1,250.

There will be men’s and women’s divisions for A through D players. Dahl and fellow directors Morey Walker, Lorne Lillemo, Murray Bennetto and Tammy Merriman expect a field of 90.