The Philadelphia Squash Racquets Association honored the McIntosh/Hand family at the 2018 FS Investments U.S. Open with the PSRA Service Award.
The McIntosh/Hand family have been stalwarts at the Gwynedd Racquet Club in North Wales, PA. The club—nicknamed the Church of the Holy Racquet—is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary next year. Housed in a converted Methodist church, the key club has two singles and one doubles court.
Jud Hand managed the club in the 1970s and met his wife Liz Hand there in 1979. Today, Lach McIntosh is the president of the club. “Jud, Liz, Ian and Lach help make Gwynedd one of the most special clubs in the country,” said Tim Dearnley, the president of the SRA. “We have twenty-four clubs in the PSRA, and everyone knows that Gwynedd is a real gem.” Dearnley speaks from experience: he works part-time at the club giving lessons.
The world’s oldest squash organization, the Philadelphia SRA—originally called the Philadelphia Association—was founded in 1903. Previous winners of the PSRA Service Award include Molly Pierce (2013), Ken Jaffe (2014), Frank Reidy (2015), Bill Lane (2016) and Andy Nehrbas (2017).