WESTERN BUREAU:Nicky Feanny was crowned the winner of the inaugural East/West Squash Tournament, which was held at the Half Moon Golf and Country Club's squash courts, outlasting the experienced Dave Morrison over two sets 15-7, 15-13 to claim the title at the end of the round-robin fixture.
Feanny had lady luck on his side when his semi-final opponent, Richard Deenah, forfeited the match because of an unspecified injury, while Morrison sent Patrice Monthrope packing in three thrilling sets, rebounding from dropping the first set 12-15 to run away with the second 15-5, before taking the third and decisive set 17-15.
On the way to the finals, Feanny eased past Patrick Chin in three sets to advance to the semi-finals. Monthrope had the better of Kyle Chin, also in three sets, while Dave Morrison had it his way in defeating Lowell Lawrence 2-0 and Deenah stunned tournament co-organiser Stephen Deer in their best-of-three contests.
"We are delighted with the outcome, and this can only get better as we spread squash around the country," observed Deer.
"Squash is a tremendously athletic sport; it's very demanding, but it's also a very interesting and exciting individual sport, and this tournament was conceived to give it some highlight in Montego Bay and by extension the rest of the island," Deer added.
Several top players made the journey to Montego Bay to participate, including Feanny, Brandon Laing, Dave Morrison, James Ramson, Allan Smith, Jeffery Chambers and the very experienced Patrick Chin and Andrew Shim.
"We had a very healthy competition and the results were fair in reflecting the level of play," he said.
Tournament sponsors include Wysinco, Fontana Pharmacy and Western Sports, who presented the winner with a brand new Karakal racquet valued at $20,000.
Fellow organiser Andrew Shim pulled the entire concept together and he told Western Sports that plans are in high gear to return next year with an improved tournament by way of participation.