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Preston Quick #1
in Inaugural SquashTalk USA Mens Rankings

Acton MA, Dec 10 , 2004 by Ron Beck
© 2004, photos © Debra Tessier and SquashTalk © 2004


  
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Quick (l) #1 wins Beantown Open and tops tables in inaugural USA rankings
Photo © 2004 Vaughn Winchell

SquashTalk
fills Void with new USA Mens Rankings

As the 2004-05
winter squash season gets underway in the USA, SquashTalk has announced
introduction of new men’s rankings for the USA’s top men.

"The US
men need a transparent ranking system which lets them measure themselves
on an ongoing basis against other American players," said SquashTalk’s
Ron Beck in introducing the rankings.

"We feel
that the lack of such a system has held down participation in the various
good open-level events being held around the USA, and though we have been
waiting patiently for the USSRA to introduce such a system, they haven’t
moved fast enough for the many readers that have been contacting us requesting
a system."

"Because
the American players are currently very low on the PSA totem pole, the
PSA rankings are at present an especially inaccurate measure of the relative
postiioning of the US players."

SquashTalk rankings
will be issued on a frequent basis, usually after each major event, and
this first ranking comes on the heels of the US Mens Selection RSG Beantown
open.

The rankings
will be unique in merging a ranking of players participating in open events
as well as those playing in the CSA college leagues. SquashTalk will incorporate
all events in the US, whether USSRA or PSA sanctioned or not, that Squashtalk
deems to be valid tournament appearances.

"We welcome
all events to submit results to us to be included in the ranking process,
and we also welcome input and appeals relative to our rankings."
Said Beck.

The rankings
will be based on head to head results and CSA rankings as well as taking
into account the point system being used in selection of the USA men’s
team.

Rankings will
be limited to USA permanent residents and citizens.

SquashTalk USA
Men’s Open Squash Rankings (Dec 10th 2004):
[Prepared by SquashTalk ranking committee]


1. Preston Quick (CT)
2. Julian Illingworth (OR, Yale)
3. Michael Puertas (MO)
4. Damian Walker (CT)
5. Jamie Crombie
6. Will Broadbent (CT, Harvard)
7. Beau River (IL)
8. Tim Wyant (NY)

9. Dylan Patterson (CT)
10. Christopher Gordon (NY)
11. Richard Chin (NY)
12. Pat Malloy (MA)
13. Dent Wilkens (MA)
14. Francis Odeh (NJ)
15. Ryan Donegan (LA, Dartmouth)
16. Gilly Lane (PA, Penn)
17. Ben Oliner (NY)
18. Richard Repetto (NJ, Penn)
19. Asher Hochberg (NY, Harvard)
20. Josh Schwartz (NY, Yale)

The main contributors
to this initial ranking were: RSG Beantown Open, Cincinatti Men’s Selection
Event, Price Bullington, Richmond VA, and CSA preseason men’s rankings.

Any comments
or appeals of these rankings should be address to:
editor@squashtalk.com




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