Grand Master Honor Roll Named for A. Carter Ferguson

Carter Ferguson (L) with President & CEO of US Squash Kevin Klipstein (R) (Image: Steve Line)

Carter Ferguson (L) with President & CEO of US Squash Kevin Klipstein (R) (Image: Steve Line)

The US Squash Grand Master Honor Roll, recognizing a lifetime of contributions and accomplishments in the game of squash for the U.S. , was renamed in honor of A. Carter Fergusson during the Champions Reception after the 2014 Delaware Investments U.S. Open finals.

A capacity crowd, including the newly-crowned U.S. Open Champion Nicol David, World Squash Federation President Ramy Ramachandran, and other dignitaries from around the world, gave Fergusson a standing ovation as he received his award.

The Cal Ripken of squash, Fergusson played in sixty-two consecutive National Singles tournaments, from 1948 through 2009, participating in either the team, in the open or in a masters draw. He joked that he wanted to list all the cities he went to in the course of the sixty-two years, but instead acknowledged the shorter list of coaches—Jimmy Tully and Bill White from Merion Cricket Club and John Skillman at Yale—developed his skill, his sportsmanship and his abiding love for the game. He thanked his wife Dudy and his three daughters for being so supportive and waiting late into the evening to have dinner when he came home after playing squash. “Playing squash for all those years was one of the greatest pleasures of my life,” he said.

The Grand Master Honor Roll was established in 2010 by Kit Tatum to recognize lifelong achievement in squash.