U.S. Squash Hall of Fame Induction to be Held on U.S. Open Finals Day

2013 Hall of Fame

The U.S. Squash Hall of Fame Class of 2013 was announced during the 2013 U.S. Open in the presence of other Hall of Famers. Pictured L-R: US Squash President & CEO Kevin Klipstein, Darwin P Kingsley, III ’01, Bob Callahan ’11, Joyce Davenport ’11, Sam Howe ’02, Ralph Howe ’02, Ned Edwards ’03, and U.S. Squash Hall of Fame Committee Chairman James Zug.

On Saturday 18 October at a special court-side luncheon before the finals of the U.S. Open, US Squash will induct four people into the United States Squash Hall of Fame: Goldie Edwards, Barbara Clement Hunter, Jay Nelson and Don Strachan. This is a grand celebration of the two greatest masters players in U.S. history, one of the pioneering female leaders in our game and one of the most legendary singles players ever.

The Luncheon will take place from 12PM to 1:30PM in the Daskalakis Athletic Center (DAC) next to the Glass Court. Remarks will be given by John Fry, Kevin Klipstein, James Zug, and Hall of Fame Inductees and Inductee Introducers. Finals matches begin at 3:30pm. For more information on the Luncheon, click here.

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These four inductees will bring the total number of members of the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame to fifty-seven. The Hall of Fame, founded in 2000, is on display in Payne Whitney Gymnasium on the campus of Yale University.

The catalyst for Benny Goodman’s career? Championship lacrosse goalie? Manchester City’s greatest striker? A month on a freighter between New Zealand and Canada? Read more stories about the four remarkable people being inducted on Saturday the 18th into the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame on SquashWord by James Zug.

To read more about the Hall of Fame, click here.

October 18 is not only U.S. Open Finals Day and the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame Luncheon, but also the US Squash Annual Assembly, The World Squash Federation Annual General Meeting, and World Squash Day.

Goldie Edwards (image: Goldie Edwards)

Goldie Edwards (image: Goldie Edwards)

Goldie Edwards, Class of 2013

Edwards, born and raised in New Zealand, picked up squash in her thirties. She reached the finals of the National Singles four times and captained the U.S. team in 1968. Edwards, based in Pittsburgh, won twenty-eight age-group titles, starting with the 40+ hardball in 1974 and ending with the 50+ in softball in 2000.

Jay Nelson

Jay Nelson (image: Jay Nelson)

Jay Nelson, Class of 2013

Edwards’ counterpart is Jay Nelson, who is tied with her with twenty-eight masters wins. Nelson, based in New York, played at Harvard and was on the U.S. team that played in the first world team championships in 1973. He won his first age-group title the 40+, in 1984 and his most recent one, the 70+, in 2012.

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Barbara Strobhar Clement Hunter (image: Peter Clement)

Barbara Strobhar Clement Hunter, Class of 2014

Clement (1918-1994) was an outstanding player, ranked in the top ten nationally eight times, captain of the U.S. team in 1957 and the winner of two National Doubles titles. But her off the court leadership was singularly notable. She was the president of the women’s association, a longtime coach and a regular tournament director, including helping the first National Singles with combined men’s and women’s draws.

Don Strachan (image: Princeton University)

Don Strachan (image: Princeton University)

Don Strachan, Class of 2014

Strachan (1909-1970) won two National Singles titles (he lost in the finals four more times including on a cruel double-match point in 1931) and one National Doubles. He is the only American to reach the finals of a major singles tournament in four different decades and he still holds the record for the longest gap between finals of the National Singles—nineteen years.