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Resilience & Grit: Amanda Sohby

Thank you to local pro Bailey Bondy for an excellent article, we look forward to more in the future!


Anything but A’s – Entry Deadline Jan. 15

Dear Players,

We are 14 days away from hosting the 3rd annual “Anything But A’s Singles Classic” presented by “Martin Sign Company” at the University Club of San Francisco. The goal of this tournament is to bring players together and enjoy the game we all love. This is a way to meet other players from the community while having a great time. To enter the tournament please us this Sign-Up Here – Anything But A’s Classic!.

Date: January 24 – 25, 2020
Host Club: University Club of San Francisco
Organizer: Busani Xaba,
Register by: Wednesday, January 15 @ noon (Deadline is fixed)

Entry Fee: $60 per person
Early bird: $50 (Early bird ends January 10, 2020)
Late Entry: $100(After January 15, 2020, at noon)

Eligibility: B Players = 4.9 – 4.0 | C Players = 3.9 – 3.0 | D Players = 2.9 and below.

Includes: Hospitality will include beer and wine on Friday night. Guest are invited to join members in the club bar after matches are over. On Saturday lunch will be provided with an afterparty at a bar (TBD) serving pizza with an open bar for the first hour.

Start Time: Matches will be scheduled for Friday, January 24 from 4 pm – 9 pm. Busani will send your start times by Monday, January 20th at noon.

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Bay Club Redwood Shores PSA Bayside Open 2019

The 4-day PSA Bayside Open 2019 wrapped up on Saturday afternoon at Bay Club Redwoods Shores with Head Pro Charlie Johnson winning a marathon 5-game match over Assistant Pro, Lawrence Kuhn, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7. Together, Johnson and Kuhn took home the lion’s share of the $1,000 total prize money for this professional tournament, sponsored by NorCal Squash and the Bay Club.

Runner up Lawrence Kuhn (left) and winner Charlie Johnson (right)

Both players had had a long road to the finals and confessed to being sore and tired before their match started. To get to the finals, Charlie had first battled past the skilled Mexican player, Cesar Segundo (currently at the University of Rochester), winning 14-12 in the final game, and then past a strong #2 seed, Cole Becker (currently at Princeton University), in a grueling 3-game match that lasted nearly 45 minutes. Lawrence had his own challenges, overcoming the wily #4 seed, veteran PSA player Armando Olguin, in 4 tough games, before taking on Mustafa Nawar of Egypt, pro at Squash Zone and the tournament’s #1 seed. In that match, Lawrence overcame a 0-2 deficit to battle back and win 3-2 (11-8 in the 5 th).

Still, on Saturday, both finalists were fit and keen to play, and prepared to give it their all, before the packed crowd of appreciative members and guests. A few loyal fans had been coming all week long, and some even brought homemade signs to cheer for the BCRS players.

Lawrence was the first out of the gate, winning the first game with his impressive court speed and deft touch. Charlie rebounded in games 2 and 3 by extending the rallies, and then using both volleys and lobs effectively to change pace and move Lawrence from corner to corner. Despite looking fatigued after the 3 rd game, Lawrence emerged focused and determined in the 4 th game to put pressure on Charlie, forcing him into some early errors. Taking advantage of his momentum, Lawrence continued to stay strong, and Charlie was unable to gain enough traction to come back. Both players emerged sharp for game #5, and the score was tied at 4-4 when Charlie dug deep and came out on top of a several very long points. Though Lawrence was able to respond with a few winners of his own, he could not regain his deficit and Charlie went on to emerge victorious in the final game, 11-7.

Outside of the top seeds, there were other entertaining and highly contested matches throughout the week. In a hard-fought first-round match, 15-year old Mukunth Gopalakrishnan came back from 0-2 down and facing match point in the 3 rd , to beat local stalwart Andrew Hilboldt of the Olympic Club. In another first- round match, Sacramento veteran Wade Beardsley nearly took out Olguin, in a 5 game marathon that had the crowd gasping. Later, Zephan Huang of Fremont put on a great display of speed and patience in his quarter-finals match against Nawar: tied at 1-1, he pushed Nawar to 12-all in the 3 rd before coming up short and eventually falling 3-1.

We look forward to seeing more of these PSA events in the coming months.

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Bay Club Fremont Winter Challenge Dec 20-21

The Bay Club Fremont is proud to present the 2019 Winter Challenge December 20-21, and a Junior Bronze event December 21.

Sign up for the Winter Challenge here, and don’t forget to specify which skill level you would like to enter. There are two matches guaranteed for everyone and food and beverages will be provided. Prizes will be awarded to finalists. This draw is open to everyone, and includes:

MEN’S: 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 6.0

WOMEN’S: 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 6.0

Entry fee $50.

Entry deadline on Dec 18th.

All entrants must sign waiver upon entering club.

Please contact Johann Huang at for any questions about the event.

Are you looking for a good challenge in this event or want to watch a high level match? Long time Fremont Squash member Dillon Huang (second from the left) currently ranked U.S. #1 in BU19, will be back from UPenn to play in this 6.0 event. After the conclusion of the 6.0 finals, Dillon will be doing a short Q & A for the parents and juniors. Hope to see everyone at Fremont Club!

Sign up for the 2019 Bay Club Fremont Bronze Tournament here and don’t forget to specify which age bracket(s) you would like to enter. Players may enter in two brackets and play an age up for practice. Two matches guaranteed for everyone and custom tournament T-shirt and food will be provided. Trophies will be awarded to finalists. Please contact Maha Zein at if you have any questions. Regular entry is until Dec. 4th. Parents must sign waiver upon entering club.

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NorCal Squash Hall of Fame 2019 Inductees

From Left to Right: Matthew Eichmann (on behalf of Alex Eichmann), Dick Crawford, Tom Dashiell, Brett Elebash, John Lau, Bruce Gaynor (on behalf of Peter Gaynor), David Tepper.

Congratulations to the seven founding inductees to the NorCal Squash Hall of Fame, whose contributions to squash in the Bay Area were celebrated at the Oracle Netsuite Open. These squash players distinguished themselves in many aspects of the game – competitively as well as socially. They made extraordinary contributions to the game through their sportsmanship and integrity, and in helping the game flourish and grow on these shores.

NorCal Squash is honored to have the opportunity to recognize these paragons of squash, and we are all indebted to their hard work and passion for the sport.

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Free Tickets: Oracle Netsuite Open

This year, NorCal Squash is pleased to announce the NorCal Squash Hall of Fame with the induction of seven founding inductees. These squash players distinguished themselves in many aspects of the game – competitively as well as socially. They made extraordinary contributions to the game through their sportsmanship and integrity, and in helping the game flourish and grow on these shores. The inductees will be honored this year at the Oracle Netsuite finals match, and more information about their incredible squash history can be found here on the virtual Hall of Fame.

Every act big and small helps enrich squash in the Bay Area. To celebrate squash on the west coast NorCal is giving away three sets of VIP tickets for matches on Friday Sept. 27 and Sunday Sept 29. Just leave a comment below describing someones act that enhanced your squash journey, from lending a racket to coaching or organizing events. Winners will be chosen at random at 9am on Wednesday, the 25th of September.

Good Luck!

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2nd Annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon

It’s that time of year again – the Oracle Netsuite Open welcoming the pro players to town and for the second time, Aisling Blake and Lauren Xaba will be hosting their Women’s Leadership Luncheon.

This year we have writer, clinical and sports psychologist Dr. Joan Steidinger joining us for a ‘Fireside Chat’. Attendees will receive a free copy of Dr. Joan’s book and we will discuss, among other issues; gender inequality in the workplace and the drive towards parity which is fitting as, for the first time in this event’s history, both women and men will earn the same prize money!

All proceeds will benefit female student-athletes in the SquashDrive and Squash on Track programs.

Click here to purchase tickets and support!

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Squash Zone Club Championships: 11th and 12th May 2019

The 2nd Squash Zone Club Championships started off in fine style on Friday evening with all the main ingredients present; squash players and pizza!

Many defending champions showed up in a bid to hold onto their titles and others tried their hand at the next grade up after winning their division last year. Most notable throughout the weekend was the participation of all of our new members; those players that have taken up squash in the past year came out in force, some for their first ever tournament.

With competitors ranging in age from 7 years of age to 70 Squash Zone was a hive of good natured competition throughout the weekend.

The Juniors event was a round robin format with James Yan coming out in a strong first place and Josh Zeitlin taking second. James started playing a year ago and is one to watch for the future!

In the adult sections there were 6 divisions from 3.0 (where Rhonin Faruqi triumphed over Divya Patnam in a 3 game victory in the final) to 5.5 level (where Arav Bhagwati, one of the Bay Area’s strongest juniors edging out Shivin Kumar in 4 games).

Elsewhere in the 3.5s, Chris Evdaimon won a 5 game thriller with Isha Gupta that saw Chris come from 2 games to 1 down before taking it 11-8 in the 5th game.

Meanwhile in the 4.0 division long time sparring partners Eli Abbe and Atul Tiwary faced off in the final, Eli took it in 3 games but not before dealing with 3 tie-breakers.

The 4.5 division was a youthful affair with Humza Rabbani meeting Samira Sankaran in the final, Samira is one of the many juniors at Squash Zone who will go on to play squash in college next year. Humza took the title this time in 4 close games after losing the first.

The penultimate final of the day was contested between Pankaj Srivastava and Peter Thompson – this event fittingly ending with some of our more established players taking to the courts! Pankaj won out in 3 after surviving a 3rd game tie-break.

The final of the 5.5 between Arav and Shivin was watched by an interested crowd fueled by BBQ and refreshments watching high quality squash as inspiration for next year!

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8th Annual Oracle NetSuite Open Set for September 24-30, 2019 in San Francisco

The $242,000 Men’s and Women’s Gold PSA World Tour event is expected to attract the world’s best pros to San Francisco, including defending champions Ali Farag (EGY) and Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG). All Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals on the glass court at Embarcadero Plaza September 27-30.

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NorCal Squash Team Tournament Playoffs 2019

NorCal Squash’s annual team tournament wrapped up with some spectacular squash at the Bay Club San Francisco April 19-21. The top teams in four divisions represented the Bay Area from Marin to San Jose and San Francisco to San Ramon. Congratulations to all the players for a great season and making it into the finals. After many hard fought matches the winners were:

Division 1
1st place: the Bay Club Santa Clara, captain Jimmy Li
2nd place: the Olympic Club, captain Kenneth Chan
3rd place: the Bay Club Santa Clara, captain Venkitachalam Gopalakrishnan

Division 2
1st place: the Bay Club Marin, captain Nathaniel Mosse
2nd place: Oakland Tinmen, captain Kim Ben Khoo
3rd place: Divone 2, captain Vivek Ravi

Division 3
1st place: the Bay Club Santa Clara, captain Mehma Jolly
2nd place: UCSF 3, captain Michael Song
3rd place: the Bay Club Marin, captain Sam Swire

Division 4
1st place: the Bay Club Santa Clara, captain Rachel Yun
2nd place: Squash Zone 4, captain McGee O’Neil
3rd place: the Bay Club Cupertino, captain Jude Tantawy