Hundreds of squash players rang in the eve of the twenty-fifth WSF World Masters at the Three Notch’d Brewery Saturday evening in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia.
Three Notch’d Brewery launched the debut of the “Three Wall Boast Pale Ale”, the official tournament beer of the World Masters.
Three Notch’d founder, George Kastendike, presented Stephane Lussier with a ceremonial six pack for conceptualizing the “Three Wall Boast Pale Ale” name in a contest earlier this spring.
Kastendike, a Charlottesville native, picked up squash five years ago after the construction of the McArthur Squash Center, and looks forward to competing in his first World Masters this week in the 40+ division.
“It’s incredible to see an event like this come to Charlottesville,” Kastendike said. “Mark Allen and the entire team have been building the momentum for something like this since the facility opened. It was a canvas when it was first built, and the pieces have started to come together for what it could become. This is a culmination of a lot of hard work, planning and practice by the entire team at the McArthur Squash Center and Boar’s Head Resort.”
The 2018 World Masters will see the debut of five new courts at the McArthur Squash Center, which were completed in the lead up to the World Masters to make a total of fourteen courts. Kastendike encourages all players to take advantage of the area during the tournament.
“Embrace Charlottesville, and get to know our squash community the best that you can,” Kastendike said. “This city has a lot of history, and if you explore the culture you can’t go wrong. I’m so glad everyone is making the trip here from across the U.S. and abroad. They will always be welcome here at Three Notch’d and the McArthur Center in Charlottesville.”
Lussier, an Ottowa native, is exited for a fun week of squash in his first World Masters.
“The McArthur facility is fantastic, top notch,” Lussier said. “The beer is great, they did a great job. I looked at the name of the brewery and thought about how to relate it to squash and came up with the name. Good luck to everybody, have fun, and drink some beer.”
Nearly 800 players representing fifty-nine nations will take part in first World Masters on U.S. soild this week across nineteen age divisions ranging from 35+ to 80+.
The Men’s 45+, 55+ and 60+ divisions commence match play on Sunday, July 29, from 12pm noon local time. Follow live streaming from six courts and live scores on wmsquash.com/live.
View images from the meet and greet here.