SQUASH NEWS SQUASH DOUBLES MEMBER-GUEST We had a very successful Member Guest Squash Doubles Championships last Month. In Division 1, Bart Mackey III and his guest Nick Giacco defeated defending champions Todd Anderson and his guest Scott Brehman three close games. Bart and Nick brought some serious fire power and speed to claim the title. Using ballistic ground stokes they overwhelmed Buzz Hannum Jr. and partner Ben Hughes in the semi-final. Todd and Scott defeated Chris Saunders and his guest Bob Bolling in another strong battle 3-1. With Handicap scoring used in Division 2, there were numerous 5 game barn burners. In the first semi-final, Lauren McCrery and her guest, Kate Rapisarda, beat Jon Saunders and guest Kleon Diamantopoulos. Lauren’s killer lobs and Kates strong forehand took down the first seeds. On the other side of the draw, Jeff Simonton and guest Blake Rohrbacher squeaked out a very long 5 game tussle against Doug Herrmann and guest Gordon Reynolds. In the finals, with many back and forth lead changes across all five games, Lauren and Kate defeated Jeff and Blake 15-12 in the 5th. JUNIOR SQUASH GRAND PRIX Our 7th Grand Prix will be held March 7th from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. These 11 and under junior singles tournaments have been chock full of players, with as many as 24 juniors. We usually have 35 to 40 matches, and all are within 20-25 minutes long. Come out and watch our exuberant youngsters compete in lighting round fashion. Looking ahead, the April Grand Prix will be April 4th. SQUASH COURT MAINTENANCE Monday March 16-Tuesday March 24th the squash court floors will be sanded and restriped. This process stakes a while due sanding of the courts as well as having to wait for the paint to dry for at least 72 hours. All courts will be down during this process. Sorry for the inconvenience, but the court floors will look brand new when completed. LAPHAM GRANT MATCHES This April 16-19, Wilmington Country Club will once again host the famous Lapham Grant Matches between Canada and the U.S.A. Dating back to 1922, it is believed to be one of the oldest amateur sporting events between two countries, having been played for 98 consecutive years. WCC hosted this event in 2008 with great success, and now in the 99th edition, all USA and Canadian team members can’t wait to get here. The Lapham Cup holds 4 divisions. The Grant Trophy matches were inaugurated in 1945, the Crawford Trophy matches in 1999, and the Lawrence-Wilkins Trophy matches in 2001. These four events, held at the same time and venue, are hosted in alternate years by Canada and the United States. Scott Simonton, the USA Lapham/Grant Captain in 2008, returns as Captain of the Lawrence/Wilkens team, and Ed Chilton is the Captain of the Lapham/Grant team. The Coveted Lapham Cup is valued at over $50,000 and similar in size to the Stanley Cup. The Grant Trophy doesn’t disappoint either. These trophy will be displayed near the Café prior to the event. The benefits of sanding are brighter floors, better traction and a cleaner look. Our floors have lasted quite some time, but they definitely are ready for a good sanding.
We are looking for members who would be interested in billeting some of the Canadian players. Also, those interested in volunteering to help with the event should contact Ed Chilton.
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