The 2012 Charlottesville Open marked the beginning of a new chapter for squash in Central Virginia. The two day US Squash-sanctioned event packed the Saint Anne’s-Belfield Squash Center, where it was bananas all weekend long. With nearly seventy entrants and at least as many spectators, the tournament set down yet another milestone for the game in our area. Through the murmur of the crowd, one could pick up a similar current of remarks: Wow. Awesome. Wow.
Endless propers to tournament organizers Francis Johnson and Moe Barros, to our gracious hosts Saint Anne’s-Belfield School, and to sponsors Starr Hill Brewery, Quantitative Foundation, Virginia Squash, Harrow Sports, and Liberty Mutual. None of this would have been possible without their support and dedication. Thanks also the players and the family and friends they brought along, particularly those who made the trek from as far away as Maryland and North Carolina. That’s dedication. Last, but certainly not least, shout outs to Kevin Dean for his photographic assistance and to the good people at Fry’s Spring Station for accommodating our rowdy crew for a Saturday night fete de squash.
I’m still awaiting word from headquarters, but full results should be available via the US Squash website or possibly in a follow-up post on Charlottesville Squash. In the interim, I hope this brief account of the final matches will whet your appetite.
In the Men’s 5.0 it was Sean Doherty (Alexandria, VA) over local product and UVa number 1 James Patteson 3-2 ((4), 6, (8), 13-11, 4).
Justin Crimi (Nellysford, VA) took the Men’s 4.5 title in four tightly contested games (6, 12-10, (9), 14-12) over Kory Garretson (Richmond, VA).
The Men’s 4.0 final pitted Benjamin Smith (Bethesda, MD) against Thomas Hogg (Richmond, VA), with Smith triumphing 3-0 (12-10, 6, 5).
Lee Haworth (Charlottesville, VA) got the better of Chris Axford (Charlottesville, VA) in a five set marathon (9, 8, (8), (9), 5) in the Men’s 3.5 final.
It was Jaffray Woodriff over Andy Southerland, 3-0 (7, 12-10, 9), in the Men’s 3.0.
The 2.5 Round Robin was all Charlottesville. First place went to Landon Greene, second to Rhys Nordstrom, and third to Rick Wampler.
Katelyn Crimi (Nellysford, VA) made it a clean sweep for the Crimi Dynasty as she took first place in the Women’s Open Round Robin. Karen Barros (Charlottesville, VA) took second and Lillian Mezey (Charlottsville, VA) finished third.
Thanks again to all the sponsors, participants, organizers, and friends who made the 2012 Charlottesville Open a marquee squash event!