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The fifth biennial Canadian-American Cup, a squash doubles competition between the United States and Canada, takes place this weekend at the Wilmington Country Club and Vicmead Hunt Club in Delaware.
The Can-Am Cup is usually referred to as the “Ryder Cup of Squash”. The Top sixty doubles players from each country will converge on Wilmington. The best two teams in each age group, which includes, Open, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, and 75+ for men and women play three matches each.
The men play for the Bernheimer-Bell Trophy and the women play for the Gillen-Pierce Trophy. The overall winners win the Can-Am Cup. Team USA was victorious in 2008 in the first running of the event in Boston. In Toronto, Ont. (2010), USA edged out Canada in the overall score despite the US men losing their division. In 2012, Canada won by just 3 points in Buffalo, NY, and in Montreal, the USA reclaimed the cup in 2014. Now on October 28-30, 2016, both contingents look to be shaping up for a real barn burner of a tournament.
Each country’s respective captains select team members based upon a player/teams ranking by US Squash and Squash Canada. Those players who win the U.S. National Doubles Championships as well as those players ranked #1 in their respective age group on their respective walls are automatically invited to play. Each team selected for the event plays two matches as well as a lightning round match. This year’s Canadian Captain is Chris Wheeler, and his Vice Captains are Pat Richardson and Al Hunt as well as women’s Vice Captains Stephanie Hewitt and Cathy Covernton. USA Captains are Mike McGorry, Lenny Bernheimer and Morris Clothier. USA Women’s Captains are Molly Pierce, Lee Belknap and Emily Lungstrum.
Watch live streaming and follow live scores all weekend on www.canamsquash.com.
Can-Am Cup Scoring
Within groups, teams are randomly selected to play one game against each other. Scoring: 0.5 points per game. 15 Points Total
Each division will pit the #1 team of one country against the #2 of the opposite country, and the #2’s versus the #1’s in best of five matches. Scoring: 1.0 points per match. 30 Points Total.
Each division will play their #1 team against the #1 team of the opposite country and the #2 against the #2 in best of five matches. Scoring: 1.5 points per match. 45 Points Total.
A total of 90 points is possible, the first team to score 45.5 points wins the Can-Am Cup.
54 Total/27.5 Wins for Men; 36/18.5 Wins for women.