Lobban Lifts St. Paul Trophy

Greg Lobban (image: Tomy Obrian)
Greg Lobban (image: Tomy Obrien)

Report courtesy of the Professional Squash Association.

Scotland’s Greg Lobban clinched the fourth PSA World Tour title of his career when he surprised top seed Julian Illingworth in the final of the Indian Summer PSA Securian Open, the PSA Challenger 5 event at Commodore Squash Club in St Paul, Minnesota.

The second seed from Edinburgh reached the final, the 10th of his career, without dropping a game. Awaiting him was home favorite Illingworth, the reigning and nine-time U.S. national champion who had also failed to concede a game en-route to the climax.

It was the illustrious thirty-year-old from Portland’s twenty-third Tour final—but his first of the year.The match was the pair’s first meeting, with Lobban 16 ranking places behind the home hero.

But the twenty-two-year-old Scot made a sensational start, winning the first game for the loss of just a single point before going on to take the match going on to take the match 11-1, 11-5, 12-10.

“Pleasing week here at the Indian Summer PSA event,” world No. 71 Lobban told his Twitter followers later. “Won my 4th title. One more stop left on my tour. #Chicagobound” Lobban is fourth seed in this week’s Life Time Chicago Open.

Illingworth was successful elsewhere during the Indian Summer Squash weekend as he teamed up with fellow PSA player Zac Alexander to defeat Willie Hosey and Raj Nanda in the Squash Doubles Association (SDA) Invitational doubles draw held alongside the PSA draw.

For all draws and more information, visit the official Indian Summer Squash page.

PSA Final:
[2] Greg Lobban (SCO) bt [1] Julian Illingworth (USA) 11-1, 11-5, 12-10

PSA Semifinals:
[1] Julian Illingworth (USA) bt Ashley Davies (ENG) 11-9, 11-8, 11-9 [2] Greg Lobban (SCO) bt [4] Zac Alexander (AUS) 11-3, 11-6, 11-5