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Quick Unifies #1 Position
Sept
29, 2005, by Ron Beck, SquashTalk,
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Puertas,
Illingworth, Crombie, Gordon round out top five


Chris Gordon:
#4 or #5 in the US, depending on which ranking system you look at.
(Photo © 2005 by Vaughn Winchell)

The USSRA
has released its lastest USA Men’s rankings and "Grand Prix" point
standings for Oct 1, 2005. Preston Quick holds on to
the USA #1 ranking position, and adds for the first time, #1 in the
Grand Prix table, the point system used to select the National Team.
This is the first time since the new ranking systems were introduced
last fall that the same individual holds the #1 spot in both rankings.

Richard Chin
from the Harvard Club in New York moves up on the basis of his finish
in Lake Forest IL last week to #6 in the Grand Prix and #7 in the overall
rankings.

Julian
Illingworth,
the winner at the March’s US Nationals,
stays at #3 in both rankings, having decided (with Gordon and Donegan)
to compete in the Berkshire Open PSA event instead of the Lake Forest
US Men’s selection event.

Christoper
Gordon, a regular on the PSA satellite tour, stays at the #4 ranking
and #5 Grand Prix position.

After some
ten months of this dual ranking system, the separate rankings and Grand
Prix standings, both issued by the USSRA, continue to create a confusing
situation, as they have led to divergent results amongst the top 10
players.

The overall
number of elite players being ranking increased to 33 in the grand
prix rankings and 37 in the US Men’s USSRA open rankings. But bear
in mind that in the grand prix rankings, all positions beyond ranking
#13, are relatively meaningless, as all of those position simply represent
point totals resulting solely from first round losses in the various
selection events.

The USSRA rankings
are issued by the USSRA rankings committee and include US citizens only.

USSRA USA Men’s
Open National Rankings, Sept 29, 2005:

Sept
29, 2005

Player
Last
Position
(July 29 ’05)
Current
Grand Prix Position
1. Preston
Quick (7.079)
[1] [1]
2. Jamie
Crombie (6.958)
[2] [4]
3. Julian
Illingworth (6.954)
[3] [3]
4. Christopher
Gordon (6.922)
[4] [5]
5. Michael
Puertas (6.913)
[5] [2]
6. Damian
Walker (6.803)
[6] [7]
7. Richard
Chin (6.539)
[9] [6]
8. Ryan
Donegan (6.510)
[7] [13]
9. Tim
Wyant (6.466)
[10] [9]
10. Beau
River (6.459)
[8] [8]
11. Dylan
Patterson (6.445)
[11] [10]
12. Ben
Oliner (6.239)
[12] [11]
13. Pat
Malloy (6.007)
[13] [16]
14. Gilly
Lane (5.886)
[14] [29]
15. Steven
Scharff (5.869)
[15] [14]
16. Eric
Christiansen (5.848)
[16] [27]
17. Michael
Blumberg (5.823)
[17]
[19]
18. Thad
Roberts (5.821)
[18] [22]
19. John
Fulham (5.806)
[19] [21]
20. Mark
Froot (5.805)
[20] [–]
       

Other grand prix top 20 players:
Friday Odeh [12], Michael Semprucci [15], Jared Sandler [17], Adam
Achenbach [18], Connor O’Malley [20]

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