The Alberta Open concluded last weekend at the Royal Glenora club, which not only saw some of the best players in Alberta competing, but an invitational pro event also. After difficulties in securing a date without conflict with other PSA events, the organizing committee at the Royal Glenora decided to go a different route, as described by Head Pro Pete Goodings: "Normally, 32 pro players would come in and play, this time it’s eight players playing for a bit of a bigger prize purse, so each player’s going to get more money across the board than they would have in the bigger event with more players". The change of format certainly paid off, with the stands filled everyday from Wednesday to Saturday, and fans were treated to more exhibition-style matches. Mohamed Abouelghar, currently ranked #9 on the PSA World Tour, edged out #23 ranked Miguel Angel Rodriguez in a thrilling 5-game final on Saturday evening; delighting everyone in attendance not only with amazing speed, fitness, and shot-making, but with supreme respect and sportsmanship as well.
On the amateur side, top seed Alex Scherer was nearly flawless in his road to victory on the men's side, dropping only one game in the entire event and capturing his first Alberta Open title. He defeated second seeded Derek Ring in the final, who showed signs of fatigue, having had a much more difficult tournament up to that point. On the women's side, it was also a 1-2 match up in the final, with top seeded Calgarian Erin Roberts taking on U of A student Nour Elhendawi of Edmonton. This was a rematch of the Alberta University & College Championships final, which saw Roberts win in 5 games. Today was a different story though, as the game scores were close, but Roberts was able to edge out Elhendawi at the end of each game to win 3-0 by slim margins.
Overall, the event attracted 90 amateur players, and added to the successful legacy of hosting premier events at the Royal Glenora Club.
Amateur result are available on the Tournament website: 2018 Lexus of Edmonton Alberta Open