There was double success for Yorkshire in the British Open Masters Championships held at Hull University on 22-26 May. Andrea Santamaria (Pontefract) won the Women’s Over 50 title despite nursing an injury, and Mike Clemson (Ferriby Hall) beat his old adversary Adrian Wright, who plays his squash in Nottingham, coming back from two games down to take the match 3-2 and claim his sixth British Open title
In the Over 60s, Phil Wakefield (Pontefract) exceeded his expectations by knocking out the top seed and reaching the final, only to lose 0-3.
Other Yorkshire entrants mainly lost in the first or second rounds, although Martin Day (Barnsley) reached the quarter-final of the Over 70s. They were Steve Curtis and Andy Cockerill in the Over 35s, John Simpson, Simon Gittins and Matt Stephenson in the Over 45s, David Harris, Jason Fearn and Jamie Gledhill in the Over 50s, Mike Rooney and Steve Martin in the Over 55s, Mark Sissons, Steve Ross and Steve Forster in the Over 60s, and Roger Holroyde and David Vickers in the Over 70s. June Hill, who played in the Women’s Over 70s, was, regretfully, the only other Yorkshire woman to enter the competition
All the players appreciated the excellent facilities and support provided by Steve Curtis and his team at the impressive Hull University Sports Centre, which also hosted the main Allam British Open Championships at the same time, giving the Masters players the opportunity to see the world’s best players in action