Guillermo's Squash Club in Colorado Springs is hosting its 26th annual Invitational/Open February 20-23, 2020.
It'll be a fun weekend of squash and social activities.
For more information and the entry form, visit GuillermosSquashClub.com.
Santa Fe's Kiva Club was home to an exhibition of superior squash over the past few days (Sept. 19-22) -- both professional and amateur.
The Kiva Open featured 16 young professionals vying for a Professional Squash Association title and $6,000 in prize money.
The concurrent Taco Tournament saw a couple dozen amateurs from New Mexico and beyond, playing for fun and glory.
Michael McCue, a 26-year-old Canadian, won the Kiva Open on Sunday, beating 32-year-old Babatunde Ajagbe, a Nigerian.
The tournaments were sponsored by Dan and Ashlyn Perry's Trout Stalker Ranch in Chama, Walter Burke Catering, and Grant Davis's Mile High Sports.
Here are Taco Tournament winners and finalists:
Champion: Jess Giron (Chandler, AZ). Finalist: Elliott Adland (Albuquerque)
Consolation champion: Scott Ciener (Kiva). Finalist: Jehanzeb Chaudhry (Albuquerque)
Champion: Cameron Cannady (Albuquerque). Finalist: Jeff Pollock (Kiva)
Champion: Grant Robinson (Kiva)
Champions: Josh Brown and Drewe Williams (Kiva). Finalists: Alex Kalangis and Grant Robinson (Kiva)
Third place: Bruce McKenna and Stephen Velie (Kiva)
Champions: Courtney Carswell and Stephen Velie (Kiva). Finalists: Jeff Pollock and Matt Wilson (Kiva)
The 28th annual Kiva Classic tournament concluded Sunday (Dec. 3) with final matches in singles, hardball singles and doubles.
About 90 players from around the country -- and from Canada and Mexico -- participated in the tournament which was held at the Kiva Club in Santa Fe.
Here are the champions and finalists in all divisions:
Open -- Champion: William Moore (Delray Beach, FL). Finalist: Busani Xaba (San Francisco).
40s -- Champion: Chris Fontes (Los Alamos). Finalist: Jeff Mayorga (Englewood, CO).
50s -- Champion: Charlie Amm (Estes Park, CO). Finalist: Chris Fontes (Los Alamos).
60s -- Champion: Peter Logan (Milford, MI). Finalist: Charlie Amm (Estes Park, CO).
70s -- Champion: Tefft Smith (Washington, DC). Finalist: Rick Taft (Pepper Pike, OH).
Open -- Champion: Busani Xaba (San Francisco). Finalist: Phoebe Trubowitz (Portland, OR).
50s -- Champion: Grant Robinson (Kiva Club). Finalist: Phoebe Trubowitz (Portland, OR)
60s -- Champion: Peter Logan (Milford, MI). Finalist: Ted Inbusch (Columbus, OH).
70s -- Champion: Tefft Smith (Washington DC). Finalist: Terry Eagle (Carpinteria, CA).
Open -- Champions: Eric Eiteljorg (Denver) and Sean Gallagher (Kiva Club). Finalists: Todd Lopez (Kiva Club) and Drewe Williams (Kiva Club).
40s -- Champions: Eric Eiteljorg (Denver) and T.J. Johnson (Denver). Finalists: Charlie Groves (Denver) and Jeff Mayorga (Englewood, CO).
50s -- Champions: Jim Nelson (Louisville, CO) and Grant Robinson (Kiva Club). Finalists: David Barker (Kiva Club) and Scott Ciener (Kiva Club).
60s -- Champions: Alan Dille (Golden, CO) and Bill Sather (Lone Tree, CO). Finalists: David Barker (Kiva Club) and Walter Burke (Kiva Club).
65s -- Champions: Lynn Broman (West Vancouver, CAN) and Bob Burton (Holland, MI). Finalists: Tony Ross (North York, CAN) and Kit Tatum (New London, NH).
70s -- Champions: Clark Amos (St. Louis, MO) and Bart McGuire (Frisco, CO). Finalists: Bob Brown (Denver) and Rob Piggott (Denver).
75s -- Champions: Mike Tramutt (Arvada, CO) and Randy Waesche (Denver). Finalists: Bart McGuire (Frisco, CO) and Graham Sharman (Kiva Club).
80s -- Champions: Don Mills (Terrace Park, OH) and Graham Sharman (Kiva Club). Finalists: Hank Palmer (Fresno, CA) and Dick Silbar (Santa Fe, NM).
Santa Fe’s Kiva Club hosted two concurrent tournaments over the weekend (Sept. 20-23), one a Professional Squash Association singles tournament with a $5,500 purse, and the other a tournament for the rest of us, with singles, hardball singles and doubles.
Aditya Jagtap, a 26-year-old from Mubai, India, won the Kiva Club Open, beating American Faraz Khan, 3-1, in Sunday’s final.
The Kiva Club Open started Thursday with 16 players who thrilled spectators with long rallies, great gets and skillful play.
Sunday’s final pitted No. 1 seed Khan against No. 4 seed Jagtap. Jagtap had turned his ankle in an earlier match, but said he felt fine before the final started.
Jagtap won the first game convincingly, 11-7, but the 25-year-old Khan roared back to take the second game, 11-4.
The third game was the longest, going to Jagtap, 14-12.
During the fourth game, Khan injured his hamstring when he lunged into the right front corner to get a Jagtap drop. After Khan lost the point, he halted play for a few minutes, hoping some stretching would restore his leg. Play resumed, but Khan’s mobility was limited, and he lost the game, 11-8, and with it the match.
The Kiva Club Open was sponsored by McGehee Wealth Advisory Group, La Choza and The Shed restaurants, the New Mexico Squash Racquets Association, the Kiva Club and many individuals.
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The Taco Tournament had about 30 entrants, many from out of town — Albuquerque, Los Alamos, Colorado, Ohio and even Georgia. Here’s a list of the winners:
A Doubles: Champions: Todd Lopez and Grant Robinson (Kiva). Finalists: Josh Brown and Drewe Williams (Kiva).
B Doubles: Champions: Jeff Mayorga (Englewood, CO) and Laura Stuto (Denver). Finalists: Josiah Child (Kiva) and Ben Gillock (Santa Fe). Note: Child withdrew before the final match, so the final was not played.
5.5 singles: Champion: Jeff Mayorga (Englewood, CO). Finalist: Chris Fontes (Los Alamos).
4.5 singles: Champion: Gert Nortje (Vail, CO). Finalist: Dave Andes (Sandy Springs, GA).
3.5 singles: Champion: Gert Nortje (Vail, CO). Finalist: Laura Stuto (Denver).
5.5 Hardball: Champion: Jeff Mayorga (Englewood, CO). Finalist: Grant Robinson (Kiva).
4.5 Hardball: Champion: Gert Nortje (Vail, CO). Finalist: Derek Bohannan (Albuquerque).
3.5 Hardball: Champion: Gert Nortje (Vail, CO). Finalist: Laura Stuto (Denver).
The Kiva Club Open professional and the amateur Taco Tournament will be held concurrently at the Kiva Club in Santa Fe in late September..
The Kiva Club Open is a Professional Squash Association sanctioned tournament with a $5,000 purse. It starts on Thursday, Sept. 20 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 23. It features 16 professional singles players from around the globe.
The Taco Tournament is a skill-level event for amateurs with doubles, singles and hardball singles.
"It's a long weekend of extraordinary squash," said tournament director Grant Davis. "The amateurs get to play -- and also get to watch top young professionals play at a level seldom seen in the Southwest."
This is the fourth annual Kiva Club Open. This year, it is sponsored by The Shed and La Choza restaurants, the New Mexico Squash Racquets Association and the Kiva Club.
"Come for the tournament," said Davis, "and stay for the tacos."
To enter the tournament visit the "tournaments" section of this website.
The Santa Fe Open tournament wrapped up play on Saturday (April 28) at El Gancho with winners in four divisions.
"We had 23 participants," said tournament director Jeff Pollock, "and everybody had a blast."
Here's a list of champions and finalists:
Champion: Chris Fontes (Los Alamos)
Finalist: Jay Salomon (Midtown, Albuquerque)
Champion: Cameron Canandy (Midtown, Albuquerque)
Finalist: Josiah Child (Kiva Club, Santa Fe)
Champion: Adam Wilson (Midtown, Albuquerque)
Finalist: Jake Prishkulik (Santa Fe)
Third: Michael Hare (Kiva Club, Santa Fe)
Fourth: Christian Platt (Kiva Club, Santa Fe)
Champion: Alan Wicks (Las Vegas, NM)
Finalist: Jim Patterson (El Gancho, Santa Fe)
The 27th annual Kiva Classic tournament wrapped on Sunday (Dec. 3, 2017) in Santa Fe with finals matches in most divisions.
About 100 players entered singles, hardball singles and doubles divisions. (The winners and finalists in each division are listed below.)
The Saturday night party at Peters Projects gallery honored the late Doug Campbell and Charlie Perkins.
Kiva Club president Stuart Kirk introduced Don's son, Doug, who attended the party with his mother, Shirley. Doug spoke about how much his father loved squash, the Kiva Club and the Classic. Don was the tournament's official greeter for many years, and Doug took his father's place at the tournament this year.
Dave Matthews also talked about what a great friend Don was, and how much Don is missed around the club.
Kirk next introduced Ted Perkins, who attended the party with his sister Julie. Ted talked about how squash led his father to Santa Fe, and how it made him many, many friends. Charlie was one of the founders of the Kiva Classic tournament.
Ross Brown added a few thoughts about his decades-long friendship with Charlie.
Kirk and tournament chairman Walter Burke then surprised Brown with the 2017 Charlie Perkins Sportsmanship Award for Brown's longtime support of the tournament. Past winners of the award include Clark Amos, Michael McBean, Charlie Amm and Graham Sharman.
Champions: Rob Hill (Greenwood Village, CO) and Bart Sambrook (Westmount, CAN)
Finalists: Todd Lopez and Drewe Williams (Kiva)
Champions: Rob Hill (Greenwood Village, CO) and Bart Sambrook (Westmount, CAN)
Finalists: Alex Dumas (Colorado Springs, CO) and Phil Lane (Colorado Springs, CO)
Champions: Jim Nelson (Louisville, CO) and Joe Tustin (Denver)
Finalists: Bob Bolling (Wilmington, DE) and Sean Butler (Denver)
Champions: Gary Johnson (Denver) and Habib Rahman (Portland, OR)
Finalists: David Barker and Walter Burke (Kiva)
Champions: Clark Amos (St. Louis, MO) and Jim Gibbons (San Francisco)
Finalists: Bart McGuire (Frisco, CO) and Michael Manley (Toronto)
Champions: Michael Manley (Toronto) and Bart McGuire (Frisco, CO)
Finalists: Bob Dubeau (Montreal) and Mike Tramutt (Arvada, CO)
Champions: Don Mills (Terrace Park, OH) and Graham Sharman (Kiva)
Finalists: Alan Fox (Long Beach, CA) and Dick Silbar (Los Alamos)
Champions: Bill Jones and Dave Matthews (Kiva)
Finalists: George Abrams (Kiva) and Dick Silbar (Los Alamos)
Champion: Drewe Williams (Kiva)
Finalist: Chris Ivsin (Denver)
Champion: Chris Fontes (Los Alamos)
Finalist: T.J. Johnston (Denver)
Champion: Andy Macdonald (Colorado Spring, CO)
Finalist: Peter Logan (Missoula, MT)
Champion: Walter Burke (Kiva)
Finalist: Habib Rahman (Portland, OR)
Champion: Bart McGuire (Frisco, CO)
Finalist: Courtney Carswell (Kiva)
Champion: Chris Ivsin (Denver)
Finalist: John Ehlinger (Denver)
Champion: Habib Rahman (Portland, OR)
Finalist: Walter Burke (Kiva)
Champion: Rick Taft (Pepper Pike, OH)
Finalist: Neil Ross (Carbondale, CO)
It took Eric Galvez 75 minutes, 50 points and five games to win the final match at the Kiva Club Open Professional Squash Association tournament Sunday in Santa Fe.
He beat No. 1 seed Juan Camilo Vargas; Galvez was the No. 5 seed.
Galvez, a 33-year-old Mexican, was the tournament's oldest and most experienced player. This was his 176th PSA tournament and his 15th PSA title.
The Colombian Vargas is a decade younger than Galvez at age 25, and this was his 15th tournament. He holds one PSA title.
This was the third annual Kiva Club Open. The tournament included both professional and amateur play.
The professional tournament had a main draw of 16 players and a purse of $5,000. It was sponsored by Gemini Rosemont Commercial Real Estate and the Kiva Club.
Previous professional winners of the Kiva Club Open are England’s Jaymie Haycocks (2016) and American Chris Hanson (2015). Haycocks is currently ranked No. 76 in the world; Hanson is No. 84.
In the marathon final, Vargas took the first game, 11-6, but the game seemed closer than the score, with rallies that lasted several minutes and required 20 to 30 shots by each player.
Galvez came back to take the second game, 11-9, with equally long rallies.
In the third game, Galvez jumped out to a 5-0 lead and seemed to have taken control of the match. But Vargas counterpunched his way back to the lead and an eventual 13-11 win.
By this point, both players were tiring and gasping for air.
But Galvez retook the momentum, winning the fourth game, 11-4, and then the fifth, 11-6.
Here are results from the tournament's amateur play:
Champions: Todd Lopez and Grant Robinson (Kiva). Finalists: Don Kirby and Drewe Williams (Kiva)
Champions: Josiah Child (Kiva) and Ben Gillock (Montezuma, NM). Finalists: Chris Fontes and Dick Silbar (Los Alamos).
Champion: Chris Fontes (Los Alamos). Finalist: Tom Abrams (Kiva)
Champion: Neil Solomon (San Francisco). Finalist: Ben Gillock (Montezuma, NM)
Champion: Jon Bender (Dallas). Finalist: Derek Bohannan (Albuquerque)
4.5 hardball singles
Champion: Grant Robinson (Kiva). Finalist: Walter Burke (Kiva)
Eric Galvez, the tournament's No. 5 seed, upset No. 2 seed Reuben Phillips in a dramatic semifinal today at the Kiva Club Open in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In the other semifinal match, Colombian Juan Camilo Vargas (the No. 1 seed) cruised to an easy win over No. 6 seed Miled Zarazua of Mexico, 3-0.
Galvez and Camilo Vargas will face each other in the final on Sunday at noon.
The Galvez-Phillips match featured the tournament's longest game. Several points ran for two minutes or more as the crowd gasped and applauded one fantastic "get" layered on top of an earlier astounding "get." The ball rocketed around the court, the players barely managing to get to it for a return before its second bounce off the floor.
While the final score was 3-0 in games, the first two games were extremely tight. It wasn't until near the end of the second game that either player managed a 3-point lead.
In the first game, the score tied 12 times and there were five "game" balls. The Mexican Galvez ultimately triumphed 16-14 in 25 minutes.
The second game started off the same as the first -- until the 33-year-old Galvez eked out a 9-6 lead. He then won that game 11-7 in 10 minutes.
The third and final game was a seasaw. Galvez jumped to a 5-0 lead, but then the 25-year-old Phillips, who was born in England but lives in Atlanta, Georgia, won four points, almost getting back to even. Soon Galvez expanded his slim lead to 8-5, and then he finished out the game -- and the match -- 11-5, in 11 minutes
The Kiva Club Open tournament continues today (Saturday) with amateur play kicking into high gear and the professional semifinals in the afternoon.
At 2 p.m., No. 1 seed Juan Camilo Vargas of Colombia faces No. 7 seed Miled Zarazua of Mexico. In the second semifinal, No. 2 seed Reuben Phillips of England goes against No. 5 seed Eric Galvez of Mexico (starting about 3 p.m.).
The professional final is Sunday at noon, and amateur play continues into Sunday afternoon.
The Kiva Club Open tournament started today (Thursday) with the first round of professional play at the Kiva Club in Santa Fe.
The pros will play again Friday, starting at noon with the last quarterfinal match starting about 3 p.m.
Amateur play will start earlier in the morning -- singles, hardball singles and doubles -- and continue into the evening.
In professional play there were a few upsets on Thursday:
No. 3 seed Victor Crouin (France) was knocked out by Sam Fenwick (Wales) and Cameron Seth (Canada) defeated No. 8 seed Andres Herrera (Colombia).
On Friday, No. 1 seed Juan Camilo Vargas (Colombia) will face Seth, and Fenwick will take on No. 7 seed Miled Zarazua (Mexico).
Other matches will pit No. 4 seed Sebastien Bonmalais (France) against No 5 seed Eric Galvez (Mexico), and No. 2 seed Reuben Phillips (England) against No. 7 seed David Cromwell (USA).
The third-annual Kiva Club Open will be held at the Kiva Club in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from Sept. 14 through 17, 2017.
The tournament is a combination professional singles tournament and an amateur doubles and singles tournament.
The amateur tournament, which is sanctioned by US Squash, is open to singles and doubles players by skill level.
Amateur play will begin on Friday, Sept. 15, and conclude on Sunday, Sept. 17.
The professional draw is open to all Professional Squash Association members, and is sanctioned by the PSA.
Professional play will begin on Thursday, Sept. 15, and conclude on Sunday, Sept. 17.
For more information -- or to enter the tournament -- click here.
You can read about last year's tournament by clicking here and here.
The 5th annual Santa Fe Open tournament will be held at El Gancho on April 28 and 29, 2017.
The tournament includes singles squash as well as tennis. Entry deadline is Friday, April 21.
Entrants will get a free shirt, drinks and snacks at the tournament.
The entry fee is $50 and players are guaranteed three matches.
For more information, visit www.thesantafeopen.com.
If you want to stay alive, play squash. That’s the finding of a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
The study found that racquet sports – badminton, tennis and squash – contribute more to longevity than other forms of exercise.
Compared to a sample group that didn’t exercise, racquet sport players were 47 percent less likely to die from any cause.
And when the researchers looked at risk of death from heart disease and stroke, they found that playing racquet sports was associated with a 56 percent lower risk.
Racquet sports ranked higher than cycling, swimming, aerobics, dance, running, jogging, soccer and rugby.
The researchers from the University of Oxford analyzed data from 11 nationally representative annual health surveys for England and Scotland, carried out between 1994 and 2008.
In all, the analysis included 80,306 adults with an average age of 52. In each of the surveys, participants were quizzed about what type and how much physical activity they had done in the preceding four weeks, and whether it had been enough to make them breathless and sweaty.
You can read the full report in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Thursday, Dec. 1, is the first day of the annual Kiva Classic tournament at the Kiva Club in Santa Fe. The first matches begin about noon, and the tournament runs through Sunday afternoon.
This is the 26th annual Kiva Classic.
Only one player has perfect attendance through the first 25 years: Dick Silbar of Los Alamos.
The Kiva Club’s Dave Matthews missed just one year (2000), and has played in
24 of the first 25 Classic tournaments.
Here’s a list of players who have played in most tournaments:
25 YEARS: Dick Silbar (Los Alamos)
24 YEARS: Dave Matthews (Santa Fe)
23 YEARS: Mike Tramutt (Arvada, CO)
22 YEARS: David Barker (Santa Fe), JD Morrow(Santa Fe), Bill Palmer (Colorado Springs, CO), Charlie Perkins (Santa Fe)
21 YEARS: Jerry Peters (Santa Fe), Steve Yost (St. Helena, CA), Warren Young (Dallas)
20 YEARS: Curt Castleman (Evergreen, CO), Bill Jones (Santa Fe)
19 YEARS: CT Herman (Santa Fe), Bud Kelly (Santa Fe), Dick Rice (Rochester, NY), John Wentworth (Santa Fe)
18 YEARS: Walter Burke (Santa Fe), Bob Bush (Greenwood Village, CO), Courtney Carswell(Santa Fe), David Dodge (Santa Fe), Dennis Driscoll (Littleton, CO), Ed Helfeld (San Francisco), Bob Weight (Denver)
17 YEARS: Alan Dille (Denver), Ed Lockhart (Santa Fe), Taylor Quick (Lakewood, CO), Doug Schwartz (Santa Fe)
15 YEARS: John Amos (Santa Fe), Ed Biggs (Colorado Springs, CO), Paul Fisher (Austin, TX), Hank Palmer (Fresno, CA), Grant Robinson (Santa Fe), Graham Sharman (Santa Fe)
A tournament with a lot of winners!
The Kiva Club Open tournament concluded Sunday with a professional champion and many amateur champions in a variety of divisions.
The winner of the Professional Squash Association tournament was England's Jaymie Haycocks. The 32-year-old defeated 22-year-old American Dylan Cunningham in three games to take the championship. You can read more about the professional matches here: Kiva Club Open news.
More than 40 players competed in the amateur divisions. Here is a list of winners:
Champion: Nick Platt (Washington, DC)
Finalist: Chris Fontes (Los Alamos)
Third: Jehanzeb Chaudhry (Albuquerque)
Fourth: Charles Amm (Colorado)
Champion: Nick Platt (Washington, DC)
Finalist: Thomas Bunn (St. Louis)
Champion: Sloan Swanson (Kiva Club)
Finalist: Dick Silbar (Los Alamos)
Third: Michael Hare (Kiva Club)
Fourth (tie): Jim Fowler (Encinitas), Alexander Timofeev (Los Alamos)
Champion: Todd Lopez and Grant Robinson (Kiva Club)
Finalist: Tom Abrams and Sean Gallagher (Kiva Club)
Champion: Thomas Bunn (St. Louis) and Nick Platt (Washington D.C.)
Finalist: Charles Amm (Colorado) and Walter Burke (Kiva Club)
Third: Tim Farrell and Don Kirby (Kiva Club)
Fourth: Courtney Carswell and Michael Munson (Kiva Club)
Champion: Graham Sharman and Matt Wilson (Kiva Club)
Finalist: Josh Brown and Josiah Child (Kiva Club)
Third: Chris Fontes and Dick Silbar (Los Alamos)
Fourth: Jon Bender (Dallas) and David Foley (Phoenix)
Fifth: Michael Hare and Sloan Swanson (Kiva Club)
The Kiva Club Open's second day of professional play was Friday. (Amateur singles and doubles play also began Friday; it is round-robin, and we'll post results when those matches conclude on Sunday.)
The 16 professional players are competing for ranking points and $5,000 in prize money. Here's what happened in the PSA quarterfinals on Friday:
By Jeff Pollock
What great play we had at this weekend's Santa Fe Open at El Gancho!
The 5.0 division was filled with exceptional talent, and the games were just amazing. Gary Sanchez outlasted the field to take first place. Jeb Chaudhry came in with a strong performance against Chris Fontes in a five-game match and took second.
The 4.0 division saw Michael Munson best Randy Sjue to take first place. Neither had lost a game in the regular bracket play.
Bruce Bernstein and Donovan Duran played for third and fourth place in what was the match of the day. Their five-game match came down to the wire -- Donovan missed a critical point to give Bruce the win.
In the 3.0 finals, Julia Sheppard's fitness took its toll on Ted Cousins. Each time Ted thought he had hit a winner, the ball would reappear on the front wall. Julia simply got to everything. (I think I might have been as fit as she when I was 10 years old.)
Courtney Carswell and Joe Dimarco boasted it out for third and fourth place. I have never seen more boasts in my life -- and they were all great shots. In the end, Courtney took third place, while Joe settled for fourth.
The Santa Fe New Mexican's James Barron reported on the Santa Fe Open, and you can read his story by clicking here.
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