The annual Fall Brawl tournament in St. George, Utah, was held October 10-14 at the Little Valley Pickleball Complex. This was a huge tournament, with over 700 players from all over the country competing in over 1,300 matches! A number of Sunrise Pickleball Club members traveled to compete. Major kudos to the following members for their impressive wins!
Joyce May and Michael Luevano won gold in Mixed Doubles 4.5 65-69
Joyce May (with Vicki Sharp) won gold in Womens Doubles 4.5 60+
Kathy Yamamoto and Charlie Garcia won gold in Mixed Doubles 3.5 55-59
Connie Chambas (with Janice Mittelstaedt) won gold in Womens Doubles 3.0 65-69
Kathy Yamamoto (with Lori Tokutomi) won bronze in Womens Doubles 4.0 55-59
Charlie Garcia (with Robo Pearson) won silver in Mens Doubles 3.5 50-59
Our third quarterly Round Robin Mixer was held on Saturday, September 16th, 2017. We tried something new this time and split players into two skill divisions: Intermediate (2.5-3.0) and Advanced (3.5-4.0). We ended up with 20 players in the lower division, and 28 players in the upper division. After 6 rounds of fun and competitive play, the top 2 players in each division were named as follows:
Intermediate: Rodney Coleman & Connie Chambas
Advanced: Greg Giles & Kathy Yamamoto
To determine first and second place winners, we then paired these players up (one from each division per team) and had a Finals match consisting of a single game to 15. In the end, Connie and Greg triumphed and claimed their first place prizes of $20 restaurant gift cards. Kathy and Rodney went home with $10 gift cards to Mr. Pickles and the satisfaction of knowing they were at the top of their respective divisions.
After the winners were declared, members enjoyed a BBQ picnic lunch courtesy of the club. Chef Rodney, the club's Event Planner, not only kicked butt on the court that day but was responsible for putting together this delicious lunch (with help from Jackie of course). Thank you Rodney- I bet you slept well that night! And thank you to the rest of the board for your time spent putting together this fantastic event.
If you have recently joined the club, or did not purchase a club shirt last year, we are planning on placing a re-order as soon as we have at least 20 interested members (we are getting close). The member price for a club shirt is just $15.
If you would like to order a shirt, please contact us and let us know which gender and size.
Payment for the shirts (cash or check) will be collected upon delivery.
Next time you're at the courts check out the brand new permanent signage installed by the club. We recently had two metal signs printed outlining our court rules and procedures. We also replaced the paper court numbers with hand-made metal signs, and labeled Court #4 as the Challenge Court and Court #6 as the Beginner's Court. On the north side fence, you will also find a new Pickleball Central banner with our club's discount code. Thanks to our President Lee Swayne, Ambassador Steve Cooper, and Judie Cooper for creating and hanging these great looking signs.
The response to the club's first year membership since January 1 has been tremendous. The club now has over 260 members! Lee Swayne, our club president, Steve Cooper, our club founder, and the rest of the club officers thank everyone for your tremendous support of starting up the Sunrise Pickleball Club.