The club's summer Round Robin Mixers were held the weekend of June 23-24. This was our first time splitting the upper and lower divisions across two days, so that more members could have an opportunity to compete. We ended up with 36 players in the lower division, and 48 players in the upper division.
Due to the new format, we were able to take the top 4 players by points, rather than just the top 2. This gave players who were not undefeated a chance of reaching the final, making play more competitive for the duration of the 6 rounds. We ended up with two exciting finals matches:
First place: Norm Readdy & John Sharpe
Second place: Jim Kiley & Mike Kelly
First place: Lee Swayne & Amy Papenfuss
Second place: Ed Musgrave & Barbara Treichak
In addition to the tournament, the club held a raffle each day with proceeds benefiting the benefit the Gene Ahner Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to qualifying families, allowing their kids to participate in programs offered through the Sunrise Recreation and Park District. The prize for each raffle was a Champion 2.0 graphite paddle and 3 Dura-Fast balls. Allison Campbell and Mike Kelly were the lucky winners, while the club managed to raise $490 for the scholarship fund! THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the raffle and contributed to this very worthy cause.
In honor of April as National Pickleball Month, the club hosted its first ever "Bring a Newbie Day" event on Sunday, April 22nd. This was a chance for members to introduce friends and family to the sport we all love, in a welcoming and educational environment. We had a total of 35 newbies and 9 volunteer instructors. For nearly 2 hours, all available courts (even the old tennis courts!) were filled with smiling beginners. A big thanks to everyone who volunteered for this event, and to those who trusted us with their spare paddles! We hope to do more newbie events in the future, so start bugging your "unenlightened" friends to come on out and learn to play Pickleball!
Our final quarterly Round Robin Mixer of the year was held on Saturday, December 2nd. Despite earlier forecasts of rain, it ended up being a dry (though chilly) morning— another beautiful day for Pickleball!
Players were divided into two skill divisions: Intermediate (2.5-3.0) and Advanced (3.5-4.0). We ended up with 16 players in the lower division, and 32 players in the upper division. After 6 rounds, we added up each player's total points to determine the top 2 players in each division:
Intermediate: Barbara Ivanusich & Pam Reilly
Advanced: Gordon Hunt & Peter-Charles Jordan
We then paired these players up and had a finals round consisting of a single game to 15. Peter and Pam took first place and won $20 restaurant gift cards. Gordon and Barbara were runners-up, and received $10 gift cards to Mr. Pickles. Thank you to everyone who played their heart out today and made this Round Robin a huge success!
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.
Sarah Ansboury, the 2016 US Open Women’s and Mixed Doubles Champion, will be offering clinics, privates and semi-privates Sept 22-24 at Rusch Park. Sarah will be joined by her coach, Linh Ansboury, for this event. Linh has experience in multiple sports outside of Pickleball, with a sports and bio-mechanic background. Come learn from one of the top players in the world right here on our home courts!
Friday 9/22 Clinics
8:00am-10:30am: 3.5 skill level
11:00am-1:30pm: 4.0 skill level
Saturday 9/23 Clinic
8:00am-12:00pm: 3.5 and above skill levels
Sunday 9/24 Clinic
9:00am-11:30am: 3.0 skill level
Register here for any of the above clinics.
Time slots for private/semi-private lessons will also be available after the clinics. To register for privates/semi-privates (up to four people) contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org