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Sam Todd with the Global Pontefract Men's Challenger trophy

Global Pontefract Men’s Challenger: Todd Wins Maiden PSA Title

Not only did Sam Todd claim his maiden PSA Tour title on Sunday with a victory over Rory Stewart, but he did so at his home club, winning the Global Pontefract Men’s Challenger.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Challenger 5 level tournament was run with solely domestic entrants, meaning only those currently based in the United Kingdom were allowed to feature.

Todd, who had made it to four finals without tasting success before, was the No.6 seed for this week’s event, which took place at Pontefract Squash & Leisure Club, the club he calls home.

The young Englishman started his week with a win against Owain Taylor, before then defeating another Welshman in the tournament’s top seed, Emyr Evans, in the quarter-finals in Pontefract.

Todd then overcame Ireland’s No.3 seed Sean Conroy to make it into a fifth Tour final, where he came up against No.2 seed Rory Stewart and he took the victory in straight games to finally take that first title.

Results: Global Pontefract Men’s Challenger
Final
[6] Sam Todd (ENG) bt [2] Rory Stewart (SCO) 3-0: 11-9, 11-6, 11-2 (35m)

Semi-Finals
[6] Sam Todd (ENG) bt [3] Sean Conroy (IRL) 3-0: 12-10, 11-6, 11-4 (34m)
[2] Rory Stewart (SCO) bt Fergus Richards (SCO) 3-0: 11-8, 11-3, 11-7 (35m)

Quarter-Finals
[6] Sam Todd (ENG) bt [1] Emyr Evans (WAL) 3-0: 9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-7 (58m)
[3] Sean Conroy (IRL) bt Ben Smith (ENG) 3-1: 6-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-6 (44m)
Fergus Richards (SCO) bt [7] Harry Falconer (ENG) 3-2: 5-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-5, 12-10 (78m)
[2] Rory Stewart (SCO) bt [5] Miles Jenkins (ENG) 3-1: 11-8, 11-5, 12-14, 11-6 (66m)

Round One
[1] Emyr Evans (WAL) bt Simon Herbert (ENG) 3-1: 5-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-6 (46m)
[6] Sam Todd (ENG) bt Owain Taylor (WAL) 3-0: 14-12, 11-7, 11-8 (40m)
Ben Smith (ENG) bt David Haley (WAL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-8 (38m)
[3] Sean Conroy (IRL) bt James Wilkinson (ENG) 3-0: 11-2, 11-9, 11-8 (23m)
Fergus Richards (SCO) bt [4] Connor Sheen (ENG) 3-0: 13-11, 11-9, 11-2 (37m)
[7] Harry Falconer (ENG) bt Nick Ratnarajah (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-3 (21m)
[5] Miles Jenkins (ENG) bt Lewis Doughty (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-4 (31m)
[2[ Rory Stewart (SCO) bt [8] Stuart MacGregor (ENG) 3-1: 11-9, 11-5, 6-11, 11-5 (48m)

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