The first three Allam British Open pre-qualifying events took place on the weekend of the 20th/21st April, with Joey Barrington, Richie Fallows and Harriet Ingham claiming their places in the qualifying draws.
Barrington, the 32-year-old son of six-time champion Jonah, is currently ranked at #164 in the world after concentrating on his commentating role with SquashTV, but as a former world #24 is still a force to be reckoned with and he won the event at the Parklangley event without dropping a game, beating Ben Ford 13/11, 11/8, 16/14 in the final.
Fallows is England’s leading under 17 player and a great prospect for the future. He competed in the event held at the Connaught Club, and was taken the full distance by fellow England junior Nick Mulvey in his semi-final before beating world deaf champion Jamie Mathews 11/6, 7/11, 11/4, 11/13, 11/9 in a hotly-contested final.
Ingham won the ladies event that ran alongside the men’s at the Connaught Club, beating Selina Sinclair 11/4, 13/11, 8/11, 11/5 in the final to claim her place in the qualifying draw which will be held at her home club of St George’s Hill.
These events provide an opportunity for all the players involved to become a part of the Allam British Open, the winner of each event will progress into the main event qualification draw alongside world ranked players from the PSA and WSA world tours, from which the top eight players will join the world’s leading players in the Allam British Open Championships.