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January 20, 1996 | By Mayer Brandschain, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Bill Giese of Merion Cricket Club scored a 10-15, 15-10, 15-3, 15-12 victory over William Boyd of Tallahassee, Fla., in the opening round of the 50-and-over division of the 54th annual Atlantic Coast Squash Racquets tournament at Resorts Racquets Clubs. In 60-and-over action, Bill Sykes of Merion Cricket Club defeated Jerry Gervasi of Lower Merion, 15-14, 14-15, 15-13, 15-9. In 65-and-over, Carter Fergusson of Merion Cricket Club scored a 15-11, 15-10, 15-11 win over Charles Palms of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Bill Wilson of Merion defeated John Weissenfluh of Rockville, Md., 15-13, 15-9, 15-10; and Anthony Cantori of Brooklyn, N.Y., defeated Carlos Morales of New York, 15-10, 18-16, 12-15, 15-18 and 15-10.
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April 29, 2011 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
About 200 people not lucky enough to get a royal invite to the wedding of Prince Williams and his new bride, Princess Kate, donned their finest chapeaux, jewels, tiara and medals to toast the happy couple at a champagne breakfast hosted by the British Military Officers Club of the Main Line at Merion Cricket Club. Never mind that a sliver of moon was still visible when the event started at 5 a.m. "I think they're perfect and they seem so much in love," said Amanda Wolfington, 18, of Malvern, wearing a big floppy hat at a table with her mother and some friends.
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September 25, 2012 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer
SQUASH might not come close to the American traditions of football, baseball and basketball in the public consciousness, but the athleticism needed to excel at the sport is certainly equal to that of the more popular pastimes. It's a sport pursued at such venues as the Merion Cricket Club, where privileged scions of the Main Line meet to challenge each other with racket and ball. One of the greatest squash players of modern times was G. Diehl Mateer Jr., who in a period of two decades cleaned up just about every contest and earned just about every trophy available.
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August 3, 1994 | By Mayer Brandschain, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Fifth-seeded Cathy Ramsay of Strafford defeated fourth-seeded Lee Gummeson of Bryn Mawr, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3, in the Eleanor Hammonds Cup Tennis Championship quarterfinals yesterday at Merion Cricket Club.
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December 12, 1993 | By Mayer Brandschain, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
John Frazier of the home club won the Philadelphia District 50-and-over squash racquets championship by rallying past Bill Sykes of Atlantic City Country Club, 10-15, 15-9, 18-15, 15-11, yesterday at the Merion Cricket Club. In other squash action, Jim McCaslin won on his Cynwyd Club court, three games to two, over Allan Terrell of Wilmington Country Club to reach the semifinals of the Philadelphia 45-and-over championship. Charles Baker of the home club advanced to the final of the Philadelphia 60-and-over championship with a 15-8, 15-8, 15-10 victory over Bob Bennis of the Berwyn RC at the Merion Cricket Club.
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January 18, 1997 | By Mayer Brandschain, FOR THE INQUIRER
Henri Salaun of Boston won the Philadelphia Hardball Open 70-and-over Squash Racquets Championship by defeating Charles Baker, 15-10, 11-15, 16-14, 15-7, yesterday at the Merion Cricket Club in the final round. Aside from the final-round match, play was round-robin. Salaun scored triumphs in the round-robin by 15-12, 15-8, 15-5 over Ed Wilford and by 15-7, 15-4, 15-6 over Bob Monihan. Wilford had beaten Monihan by 18-15, 15-9, 15-11. Baker, a Merion Cricket Club member, gained the final by defeating Tom Berry, 15-3, 15-6, 17-14, and by 15-6, 15-12, 15-11 over Carter Fergusson.
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July 24, 1992 | By Mayer Brandschain, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Terry Hassall, Merion Cricket Club pro, advanced to the semifinal round of the Radley Run 35-and-over Tennis Championship with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Mike Ray yesterday at Radley Run Country Club. Jim Breech of Bridgeton, N.J., won his quarterfinal, 6-3, 6-2, over Tony Fernandez. Rain prevented the two finals from being played yesterday. Weather permitting, Lucy McAvoy and Lourie Hissey will defend their Mater et Filia (Mother and Daughter) Grass Court Tennis Championship against Sibby Toland and Deenie Kingham today at 10 a.m. at Merion Cricket Club.
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April 7, 1991 | By Mayer Brandschain, Special to The Inquirer
Tom Poor of Boston and Jessie Chai of Durham, N.C., won a tight match against Jody Law, a Germantown Cricket Club pro, and Andy Nehrbas of Merion Cricket Club, 15-11, 16-15, 10-15, 15-12, to reach the semifinals of the National Mixed Doubles Squash Racquets Championship yesterday at the Cynwyd Club.
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June 23, 1993 | By Mayer Brandschain, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Top-seed Margaret Harris of Harleysville, Pa., advanced to the quarterfinals of the Middle States Girls' 18-and-Under Tennis Championship by defeating Kellie Murphy of Media, 6-3, 6-2, yesterday at the Merion Cricket Club. The other seeded contenders, Lauren Nikolaus of Columbia, Pa.; Jill Breslin of Absecon, N.J., and Lyle Aydin of Coopersburg, Pa., also advanced.
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August 1, 1995 | By Mayer Brandschain, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Top-seeded Harriet Madeira of Berwyn advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Eleanor Hammonds Cup women's tennis tournament with a 7-6 (8-6), 6-0 victory over Valerie Hayes of West Chester yesterday at Merion Cricket Club. The other seeded players also advanced - Cathy Ramsay of Malvern, Jeanne Craft of Newtown Square, and Laurie Hissey of West Chester.
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August 5, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
AFTER JOHN LIGGET retired as senior vice president of CoreStates Bank in 1987, the bank wouldn't let him go. It asked him to help keep its customers happy by playing 18 holes of golf with them at the Merion Golf Club, an enviable occupation for John Ligget, who not only played the course for his own recreation, but was an officer of the club. John Thomas Ligget Jr., who spent 37 years in the Philadelphia banking business in various executive capacities, a Navy veteran of World War II, in which he served in the Pacific Theater, world traveler and devoted family man, died Tuesday.
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March 24, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  George Chimples, 92, of Maple Shade, a Philadelphia corporate lawyer who retired in 1991, died Tuesday, March 18, at Kennedy University Hospital in Washington Township. Born in Canton, Ohio, Mr. Chimples served as an Army Air Corps pilot in Europe during World War II. After flying antisubmarine patrols from Northern Ireland, Mr. Chimples flew B-24 bombers from England on 30 long-range missions over Germany and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, said his wife, Eileen.
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January 17, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Julia Wanning Frick, 99, of Gladwyne, a secretary whose passion was horticulture, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, of age-related causes at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Miss Frick was born in Cynwyd. She moved to Merion in 1928, to Wynnewood in 1971, and to Waverly Heights in Gladwyne when the retirement facility opened in 1986. On her father's side she was a descendant of Stephen Hopkins, who arrived in Jamestown, Va., in 1610. Hopkins sailed back to England before returning to America on the Mayflower in 1620.
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December 16, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writers
J. Robertson "Robbi" Cox, 73, of Westtown, an architect who designed corporate headquarters and educational facilities, died Thursday, Nov. 28, of pancreatic cancer at Paoli Hospital. Mr. Cox's buildings can be seen in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Georgia. He also planned and designed country clubs, some local. Born in Janesville, Wis., he grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and went from there to Dartmouth College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1962.
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June 11, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
BEFORE MERION hosted its first U.S. Open 79 years ago, the club had already been the site for six of what is about to become a record 18 USGA championships. The association started in 1904, with the U.S. Women's Amateur, which was won by Georgianna M. Bishop, 5 and 3 over Mrs. E.F. Stanford. The competition was held on the original Haverford course, when it was still the Merion Cricket Club (the official separation didn't happen until 1941). And in those days the event was called the Women's National.
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June 8, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Merion Golf Club's East Course occupies its acreage so divinely that it is sometimes hard to believe the famed Haverford Township layout didn't look exactly that way at the Creation. Surely, perhaps on the day he rested and got the golf bug, God designed Cobbs Creek to wrap itself gracefully, like a gently clutching palm, around three sides of the picturesque 11th green. And in the beginning, there must have been that towering oak that looms above two front-nine fairways, a natural hazard as imposing as it is splendid.
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September 27, 2012 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
G. Diehl Mateer Jr., 84, a champion U.S. squash player from the Main Line who was once featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, died Saturday, Sept. 22, of heart failure at his home in Virginia. Mr. Mateer graduated from Episcopal Academy in 1946 and from Haverford College in 1950. As a teen, he was a rising star in tennis. But his interest shifted to hardball squash, which he learned at the Merion Cricket Club in Haverford. Mr. Mateer went on to win three U.S. National singles squash championships, two intercollegiate titles, and a record 11 U.S. National doubles championships with five partners.
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September 25, 2012 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer
SQUASH might not come close to the American traditions of football, baseball and basketball in the public consciousness, but the athleticism needed to excel at the sport is certainly equal to that of the more popular pastimes. It's a sport pursued at such venues as the Merion Cricket Club, where privileged scions of the Main Line meet to challenge each other with racket and ball. One of the greatest squash players of modern times was G. Diehl Mateer Jr., who in a period of two decades cleaned up just about every contest and earned just about every trophy available.
NEWS
April 29, 2011 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
About 200 people not lucky enough to get a royal invite to the wedding of Prince Williams and his new bride, Princess Kate, donned their finest chapeaux, jewels, tiara and medals to toast the happy couple at a champagne breakfast hosted by the British Military Officers Club of the Main Line at Merion Cricket Club. Never mind that a sliver of moon was still visible when the event started at 5 a.m. "I think they're perfect and they seem so much in love," said Amanda Wolfington, 18, of Malvern, wearing a big floppy hat at a table with her mother and some friends.
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January 13, 2008 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Richard C. Sorlien, 85, of Villanova, a lawyer and an amateur tennis champion who promoted the game for more than 50 years, died of a neurological illness Monday at Shannondell in Audubon, Montgomery County, where he had resided since October. Mr. Sorlien began playing tennis at age 7 on a makeshift court in St. Cloud, Minn. He first competed nationally in high school and later won a New England Intercollegiate Tennis Championship doubles title. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Force and won an Air Force tennis championship in the Philippines.
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