The Busselton Squash Club Invitational 2023 took place last month setting new records.
A total of 80 players maxed out the courts for three days of back to back matches, with the final tally finishing at 120 matches played over two courts. A new record was set for female participation (50 percent) at the event.
This year's women's Open winner was Fiona Whooley of Mirrabooka Squash Club.
Fiona has competed in Busselton Open/Invitational tournaments since its inception in 2013 placing runner up on three separate occasions. This was her year to claim first prize against fellow club member and 2018 winner, Linda Towill.
The Men's Open was won by Heddywn Brahma of Eastern Goldfields Squash Racquets Association.
Busselton was the first Open Division win for Heddwyn, who has been on an upward trajectory across the Perth Tournament scene in recent months.
Runner up was 2022 winner Brenden Ward of Victoria Park Squash Club. The Men's Open match was a five set thriller to close the weekend's events out.
This year the Busselton tournament had a very special guest on hand - none other than Squash Australia, Squash WA and WAIS Hall of Famer, Barbara Wall.
Barbara was the first Western Australian player to win the British Open women's squash championship in 1979.
The British Open is generally regarded as the most prestigious international title on the professional Squash Circuit.
The Club was also recently awarded the Club Governance Award at the City of Busselton Sports Awards 2023. The club looks forward to working with the new council in early 2024 to secure a new permanent home for Squash in the region.
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