Surrey’s Super Steve’s MO65 Win!

Steve Jackson of Farnham’s Bourne Club, competing in the iconic British Open, held this year at Colets Club in Thames Ditton, pulled off his first win at a National Masters Championship.
Over the years Steve has reached the quarter, semi and finals but never managed to clinch a National title.  With 5 rounds to play over 5 consecutive days it was never going to be easy and with many old rivals in the draw, the task looked daunting.
However Steve who was seeded 3 overcame all his higher seed opponents and clinched the title.
Probably the toughest game was the quarter final where he squeezed through 3/2 against a friend and rival who he has been playing for over 30 years!
The final by contrast was a more straightforward affair, where he beat No 2 seed and National champion, Ian Graham, in straight sets.
The prizes where presented by squash legend  Ross Norman, former world champion and the man who ended squash Great, Jahingar Khan’s, 5 ½ year, 555 match unbeaten run in 1986.

Photo: From left: Ross Norman, Steve Jackson, Colets General Manager _dsf3469_35107664151_o

PSA player Phil Nightingale (Reigate) reached the final of the Over 35’s but lost 3/1 in a really top quality match to Alex Preston of Bucks (formerly Reigate).

In the Semi Finals England player Andy Normile, of Surrey and the home club Colets, played a great match against No. 1 seed and World Champion Nick Taylor were there was some top quality squash on show.  Taylor won 12/10, 11/5, 13/11.

Surrey’s Isabelle Tweedle, former European champion, reached the semis but was overpowered by  Hope Prockop of USA who has dominated the British Open over the last two years (and the US Championships).
Surrey O40 captain Vicky Strange played well in her maiden Masters event to reach the semi-finals beating another Surrey player and no. 2 seed and former European champion Shayne Baillie 3/2, before losing to no. 3 seed Rachel Calver from Leicestershire 3/0.

All results from the championships can be found here.