Four Jinks family members playing in top division of P.E.I. Open

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Squash P.E.I.'s 2015-16 tournament season wraps up this weekend with 66 of the top Maritime squash athletes participating in eight divisions at the P.E.I. Open.

The final tournament of the season features four members from the same family participating in the top division.

Lester Jinks of Stratford, the reigning Atlantic Masters Champion, is excited to compete in the same draw with, and possibly later against, his three children.

He starts his tournament tonight at 7 p.m. against Steve Bruce.

Lester's son Connor is the top junior in Atlantic Canada and reigning under-17 Canadian champion.

He is reaching new heights this season, having won his first two men's A divisions title in February. He had an impressive showing on Islander Day weekend, winning the P.E.I. junior fundraiser event, followed by winning the men's open division the following weekend during the Moncton Squash Invitational. He will enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed and play Greg McGuire in the opening round tonight at 6 p.m.

Connor's sister Emma, a two-time Canadian champion, is the top female star in the Maritimes and is already making her presence felt in the men's A division. She opens her tournament tonight against third-seeded Graham Kerford.

The youngest Jinks child, Liam, recently became the youngest Islander to reach men's A and will make his division debut this weekend against fourth-seeded Jean-Michel LeBlanc.

The division also features top ranked Islander Mike Buchanan, who is playing in just his second tournament of the season following an impressive Mill River Open in January.

Liam and Emma will also take part in the junior gold round-robin event, which features Logan Anderson, Ty Good and Benoit Sampson.

Anderson, Good and Sampson, who is returning from injury, are also taking part in the men's B division. A number of top players will take part including Gord Lawlor, Pat O'Connell and Brian Ashby, who recently won his division of the SPA club championship. 

The men's C division has a number of potential contenders including locals Matthew Ramsay and Olivia Phillips, who will both be contenders to top-ranked Simon Petipas of Dartmouth, N.S. 

Two female divisions will also take place on the weekend.

The women's open has Seana Evans-Renaud, Julie Gaudet, Jo Spencer and Kelly MacWilliams competing, while the masters division will feature Pat Charleton, Dodi Crane, Cynthia King, Rhonda MacLean and current P.E.I. 55+ Games champion Lorraine MacDonald of Summerside.

Action gets underway tonight at 5 p.m. with all matches taking place at the SPA Total Fitness Centre. Play continues from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and the tournament wraps up Sunday with play taking place all morning and afternoon. The men's A final is scheduled for 2 p.m.

A full schedule can be found at www.squashpei.org.

Organizations: Division of P.E.I. Open, SPA Total Fitness Centre

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, Dartmouth

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