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Linear Logistics Bankers Hall Club Pro Am 2017

29-Jan, Final:
Schnell provided home winner in Calgary
Bob Ballinger reports

The 2017 Linear Logistics Bankers Hall Club Pro Am Squash tournament is in the books!

Congrats to Canada's #1 and Calgary's own Andrew Schnell for his epic five game win in todays final over Piedro Schweertman in the PSA $10,000 event.

Andrew was seeded #1 and now joins quite the group of past champions alongside Borja Golán, Cameron Pilley, Matthew Giuffre, Tommy Berden, Daryl Selby, Shahier Razik, Arturo Salazar Martinez (twice), Chris Simpson (twice), Leo Au (three times), and Raphael Kandra.

Big thanks to our title sponsor Linear Logistics; each of our many other sponsors and seat holders; to the volunteers, and the Squash Alberta referees for making this yet another classic tournament at Bankers Hall Club.

Bankers Hall Club
Tournament Site

Bankers Hall Club Pro Am 2017
26-29 Jan, Calgary, Canada, $10k
Round One
26 Jan 
27 Jan
28 Jan
29 Jan
[1] Andrew Schnell (Can)
11/5, 11/5, 11/2 (30m)
Cameron Seth (Can)
[1] Andrew Schnell

11/3, 11/2, 11/9

[6] Lance Beddoes
[1] Andrew Schnell

11/6, 4/11, 11/9 (62m)

[5] Nick Sachvie

4th PSA title for Andrew

[1] Andrew Schnell


11/9, 3/11, 11/6, 10/12, 11/4 (79m)


[3] Piedro Schweertman


[6] Lance Beddoes (Nzl)
11/3, 11/4, 11/5 (17m)
Kale Wilson (Tri)
[5] Nick Sachvie (Can)
11/2, 11/1, 11/2 (19m)
Ben Coates (Eng)
[5] Nick Sachvie

12/10, 11/7, 11/5

[4] Shawn Delierre
[4] Shawn Delierre (Can)
11/0, 11/1, 11/5 (18
Graham Miao (Hkg)
Micah Franklin (Ber)
11/9, 11/8, 11/8 (31m)
[3] Piedro Schweertman (Ned)
[3] Piedro Schweertman

11/7, 11/6, 9/11, 11/5

[7] Ashley Davies
[3] Piedro Schweertman

11/8, 4/11, 11/6, 11/5 (49m)

[2] Angus Gillams

Thomas King (Can)
11/6, 11/4, 11/9 (30m)
[7] Ashley Davies (Eng)
Juan Vargas (Col)
11/4, 8/11, 11/3, 11/4 (33m)
[8] Ben Grindrod (Nzl)
Juan Vargas

11/5, 11/5, 11/8

[2] Angus Gillams
Alex Noakes (Eng)
11/9, 11/6, 11/8 (39m)
[2] Angus Gillams (Eng)
28-Jan, Semis:
Down to the final in Calgary
Bob Ballinger reports

Its down to the finals of the 2017 Linear Logistics Bankers Hall Club Pro Am here in downtown Calgary. And for the first time ever in the long history of the tournament we have a finalist from right here in Calgary as top seed and #1 Canadian Andrew Schnell has made his way through to Sundays main event finale!

The first semi saw number 3 seed Dutch player Piedro Schweertman take out the second seeded Englishman Angus Gillams in four games. After splitting the first two games Gillams succumbed to the steady play of Schweertman in the final two games in fairly routine fashion.

Then the eagerly awaited second semi brought the top seed Schnell and #5 seed Nick Sachvie of Canada together. These two have known each other and been friends back to their early junior days.

Schnell, like he has done in each of his previous matches here, played the first two games virtually flawlessly as he was able to take advantage of his superior length to produce loose balls from Nick allowing Andrew take the ball short almost at will.

Third game saw Nick step up his pace of game and produced multiple errors from Andrew and this continued into the fourth game which Nick led 6-2. Showing some veteran mental strength, Schnell was able to steady himself and get back to the game the gave him the first two games in this match as he then went to an 8-6 lead.

Both players then produced some great rallies to end the fourth game with Sachvie not able to tie things up thus sending Schnell into his first ever final here at Bankers Hall Club.

Should be a classic final.....lefty vs righty, contrast in styles, two very clean players on court.....will be great stuff!!

Bankers Hall Club
Tournament Site

27-Jan, Quarters:
Canadian finalist guaranteed in Calgary
Bob Ballinger reports

The first two quarter final matches show cased the number two and three seeds during the lunch time session of the 2017 Linear Logistics Bankers Hall Club Pro-Am in downtown Calgary.

Both were great matches played in front of the packed gallery here and saw #2 Angus Gillams from England take out the talented Juan Camilo Vargas of Columbia in three entertaining games. It was a measure of revenge for Gillams as Vargas had beat him in the first round in Minneapolis back in November in straight games.

Following that #3 seed Piedro Schweertman of Netherlands go four games in victory over the impressive Ashley Davies of England. Not a lot of space on the court for the two big lefties and the steadier play from the Iceman allowed him the victory.

A lot of buzz already for the evening matches here that feature three Canadians in action with Canadian #1 and top seed Andrew Schnell up against Lance Beddoes of New Zealand to be followed by Canadians Shawn DeLierre and Nick Sachvie battling it out.

Friday night at the 2017 Linear Logistics Bankers Hall Club Pro-Am had its usual electric atmosphere with its packed house and even more so this due to the match ups for the night.

Canada’s top ranked player and Calgary’s fave player Andrew Schnell was first up against the hard hitting and creative Kiwi Lance Beddoes. It was all Andrew in this one as he was pretty much flawless in his 3-0 win over the #6 seed from New Zealand. The second match saw the second upset of the tournament as #5 seed Nick Sachvie of Canada took out his fellow Canuck #4 seed Shawn DeLierre also in straight games.

So a Canadian finalist is guaranteed as Schnell and Sachvie will play in one semi while #2 seed Angus Gillams goes up against #3 seed Piedro Schweertman of Netherlands. Both look to be great matchups for us here in downtown Calgary!!

Bankers Hall Club
Tournament Site

26-Jan, Round One:

Above seasonal weathering has greeted the players this week once again for the 2017 Linear Logistics Bankers Hall Club Pro Am in downtown Calgary.

Thursday’s round of 16 daytime session saw one upset with the other seeded players getting through fairly easily with each match being entertaining for the lunch time crowd here. That one upset saw Columbia’s Juan Camilo Vargas take out 8th seed Ben Grindrod of New Zealand in 3-1.

Four matches tonight finish off the round of 16 with the feature match no doubt being local fave and top seed Andrew Schnell in action against fellow Canuck Cameron Seth plus the two other seeded Candians Shawn DeLierre and Nick Sachvie.

More big crowds are expected as things continue to roll in Calgary!

The evening session of the 2017 Linear Logistics Bankers Hall Club Pro Am saw all four seeds progress through each of whom must have been on a mission to produce the shortest match as none of the matches went past 30 mins in length no one able to produce for than five points in a game from these seeds!

First up was rising Canadian star on the PSA circuit Nick Sachvie and he took out Englands Ben Coates in very convincing fashion. Not to be out done was Canada's Shawn DeLierre who was also in devastating form as he took out Hong Kong's Graham Miao.

Top seed and local star Andrew Schnell was next on court and in front of a full house here he took out fellow Canuck Cameron Seth. Final match of the night saw Kiwi Lance Beddoes produce his own convincing win over Kale Wilson.

Quarter Final day here today looks to have some wonderful matchups with the most anticipated one perhaps being the all Canada match between Sachvie and DeLierre!

Bankers Hall Club
Tournament Site

Preview from Bob Ballinger

The 2017 version of the Linear Logistics Bankers Hall Club Pro-Am squash tournament is set to begin here in downtown Calgary and there is a distinct Canadian flavor in the Mens PSA event this year.

There are five Canadians playing including local star Andrew Schnell who finds himself the top seed here in his hometown. It’s the first time he has been seeded #1 in a tournament of this level and the current Canadian #1 will no doubt have the local crowds behind him. Seeded to give him a run to the final is long time PSA player and current Canadian #2 Shawn DeLierre who is seeded fourth. DeLierre could meet the fifth seed and improving Canadian Nick Sachvie (seeded #5) in the quarter finals. Rounding out the Canadian contingent are Cameron Seth and Thomas King.

Second seed in this year’s tournament is Angus Gillams of England who is currently sitting at #64 in the world while third seed is Piedro Schweertman of Netherlands who is currently #78 in the world ranks.

This is the 16th time for PSA level squash to be played here at Bankers Hall Club. A great list of past champions exists here as well as a great list of past participants who moved on to become some of the top players in the world. Schnell will not only be wanting to add his name to the list of champions here but also hope that a win here may boost him back above his best ever world ranking of #60 achieved a few months ago.

Should be another great week of squash here in the Stampede city

Bankers Hall Club
Tournament Site

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