With a little more than two weeks remaining, the main draw for the 2008 Rochester Pro-Am has been announced. As per PSA rules, the qualifier draw will be picked the morning of Wednesday, April 3rd.
Former longtime UR coach Peter Lyman
& Patrick Chifunda at the ’05 Rochester ProAm
|Patrick Chifunda(ZAM), a Rochester regular ranked #127 is returning this year as the #1 seed. Patrick is a squash professional based in Virginia and has played five out of the last six Rochester Pro events. Westchester based squash pro, Ahmed Hamza(EGY) is another familiar face who will be returning again this year. Others in the “no-strangers-to-Rochester” category are Andrew McDougall(CAN), Michal Reid(CAN), Fernando Lopez(MEX), Armando Olguin(MEX), Arturo Castillo(MEX) and Joe Millman(ENG).
Besides the strong Canadian and Mexican contingents, there will be a diverse array of young and upcoming squash talent on display from Sri Lanka, Botswana, Spain, Guatemala, Ireland, England, and South Africa.
The new and improved UR squash team also command a strong presence with a wildcard (Jim Bristow) in the main draw and five of the remaining Yellowjackets (Hameed Ahmed, Will Newnham, Fred Reid, Yohay Wakabayashi, Edwin Goncharuk) in the qualifier as locals.
So here is the schedule – come out, support your favorites and if you don’t have any yet, you will by the time this tournament is over. Experience professional level squash right here in Rochester!
And if you want a piece of the action, don’t forget to sign up for the amateur city tournament!