Doubles Fever at Apawamis Club
The storied U.S. National Doubles Squash Championships returned to Apawamis Club the weekend of March 1-3. A number of area clubs and facilities, including Westchester Country Club and Chelsea Piers Stamford, shared their courts in support of the tournament. A good thing, since there were 15 player categories and 125 participants.
In the Women’s Open bracket, Meredith Quick and Georgina Stoker beat Stephanie Hewitt and Victoria Simmonds 3-1. The Men’s Open was won by the seasoned duo of Michael Ferreira and Whitten Morris over two Racquet & Tennis Club professionals, James Stout and Eric Bedell, in three games.
The Women’s 60+ was won by Sarah Luther and Joyce Davenport, while Richard Rice and Tom Poor took the Men’s 75+ trophy.
Margot Kearney Navins, one of legion number of great players to emerge from Apawamis Squash Director Peter Briggs’ nationally known junior program, won the Women’s B tournament with Celia Pashley. They beat National Champion Greenwich Academy coach Karen Miller and Meredith Schmidt-Fellner 3-1.
A number of other Apawamis players competed, among them former Yale stalwart Loren Dinger in the Women’s 40+; tournament co-chair Tom Clayton (Peer Pedersen was the other) who fell just short, 15-11 in the fifth game, in the 50+ with partner John McAtee; and Charlie Parkhurst in the 55+.
The tournament was hosted by Hospital for Special Surgery New York, Westchester, Stamford.
- Tom McDermott
Men’s 75+ runners-up Lenny Bernheimer and Bart McGuire with champions Richard Rice and Tom Poor
Women’s 60+ champions Sara Luther and Joyce Davenport
Men’s Open winners Michael Ferreira and Whitten Morris with finalists Eric Bedell and James Stout
Women’s Open winners Georgina Stoker and Meredith Quick with runners-up Victoria Simmonds and Stephanie Hewitt
Women’s B runners-up Meredith Schmidt-Fellner and Karen Miler with winners Margot Navins and Celia Pashley. HEM, IF ONE PIC MUST GO TAKE THIS ONE OUT.
Right-waller making Quick work of a forehand.
Photos courtesy of US Squash and Tom McDermott