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On the weekend of 22nd – 24th June Exeter Golf and Country Club hosted its third successive Professional Squash event, running alongside an Open Adult Graded competition. Due to the size of the entry, over the course of the event there were over 120 matches played, across the Grades and Pro event!
The standard of Squash across both events was great, with the PSA event being the strongest it has ever been. This was both at the top end with the likes of World 38 Joel Makin heading up the draw, but also in depth as well as was shown by big upset wins from two low seeded players. Elliot Morris of Wales taking out the 3/4th seed and the 5/8th seed in consecutive rounds to reach the semi final, and Oliver Rawlins of England removing the other 3/4th seed in the bottom half to reach the quarters as an unseeded player!
The best match of the Pro event was a close call between two rounds, both involving the 2 seed Van De Herrewegen. His quarter final with Holland’s Roshan Bharos on the Saturday evening was an interesting right hand vs left hand exchange with the Belgian player coming through 3/1 in games on consistency of hitting and lack of errors. Similarly the next day with his semi final vs England’s Miles Jenkins, Van De Herrewegen’s intensity of play and the pace that he played at broke down Jenkins’ resistance, eventually progressing 3/1 in 65 mins. Both games a great example of the physicality of the game and the tremendous speed and agility of the competitors.
In the end there could only be one winner and Joel Makin justified his seeding and world ranking by overcoming Jan Van De Herrewegen of Belgium (world 69) 3/0 in an incredibly high quality 50 minute long final. While Jan played some great Squash and put Joel under a lot of pressure, the Welsh number 1 player always had an answer and was able to soak up the attacks of Jan with seemingly little problem. His movement and anticipation around the court was brilliant to watch and highlighted why he is tipped to move into the top 20 in the world in this next season.
Mike Harris, Squash Professional at Exeter Golf and Country Club said, “It was great to have such a high quality group of players competing at the club, and also to see that despite the beautiful weather outside, the show court had its balcony and seating well and truly packed out with spectators.
Thank you to everyone who either competed in the graded events or just came down to watch as it made for a great atmosphere for the finals. Also, we must give huge thanks to our event sponsors, without whom none of this would have been at all possible.”
The 2018 sponsors included:
Maze Property Solutions
Nexus Open Systems
Charles Stanley Investment Management
Realistic Home Improvements LTD
Benefiz Employee Benefits
Allparts South West
Exeter Student Flats
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