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Charlotte Athletic Club Summer Grand Prix Results

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Charlotte, July 14th 2012 - In an intense day of competition 22 players played four matches each in the second Charlotte Athletic Club Grand Prix. In a generous and wonderfully beneficial last minute intervention, Accenture Credit Services of Charlotte, in the person of Hari Bharadwaj stepped in with some delightful gifts - a Squash T Shirt, a beautiful Golf Shirt and a lovely embroidered attache' bag.
All the players and the tournament director were most appreciative.

In the Grand Prix itself there were two groups. Group 1 in the morning was originally just 10 players due to a last minute pull out, but fortunately the rapidly improving Chotoo Amin who was already scheduled for group 2 volunteered to join group 1 - for experience and newcomer Rip Furness arrived and found himself co-opted into the event.

As a result a full 12 man event ensued. Some of the highlights were: Chotoo's precocious victory over Dave Easton in round two, followed by his close three game loss to Knight Hammock of Suwannee in the final play off's - a fantastic effort for a young man of eleven(?) years of age. Dave Easton and Rip Furness's mammoth final match which was a five setter ( they played five because Cragi Snyder had to withdraw injured), Geoff Roper's fine play to overcome Ranil Goonesekera of Wilmington.In the end Geoff and I met in the last match of the day. I was in good form and was able to get the victory on this occasion.Geoff came second and Ranil came third. Thanks to Ranil for travelling from Wilmington and Edson Silva for travelling from Charleston. Hopefully we will see more players from Atlanta, Charleston, Sea Island and the Raleigh/Durham areas for our fall and winter Grand Prix - details to be announce shortly. I hope to be able to expand the provisional ranking list (that is attached ) to include some more of the South East's competitive players.

In Group 2 the defiant Chotoo continued, despite his morning's exertions, to be in fine form; dispatching more of his older competitors with his stylish and mobile brand of squash. Also featuring strongly was Saad Sheikh, who was looking to improve on his Spring Grand Prix performance where he came third. In the end the competition was a battle between Chotoo, Saad and a player returning to Squash after a twenty year absence - Chris Baldwin. Chris at age 60 gave a wonderful battle to both Saad and Chotoo but fatigue played a role in his demise. He ended up a valiant Bronze medal winner. Chotoo, having played the Group 1 matches in the morning and the Group 2 in the afternoon was also looking a little weary - but he used the experience as a training opportunity. He ran Saad very close, but in the end Saad was able to narrowly overpower his youthful opponent to take the Gold medal. Chotoo took Silver and will be looking to overtake several more of his senior opponents in the next event.

Thanks once again to Hari Bharadwaj and Accenture for their generous sponsorship.

Thanks also to Jim Marshall for his tireless help and commitment to Charlotte Squash.

The next Grand Prix(s) will be announced shortly -so keep watching SESRA.org  and the Charlotte Squash Club website and www.charlotteathleticclub.com for announcements.


Group 1  
Grouip 2