Courtside finished off the 2017 tournament season by offering its 3rd annual Resolution Round Robin tournament from December 28-30th. Nearly 200 players registered to compete in this year's tournament. Sunrise Pickleball Club member, Craig Fraser, did a fantastic job as usual serving as tournament director. Congratulations go out to the following members for earning medals in their divisions!
Val Graden and David Pelton won gold in 4.0B Mixed Doubles
Roddy Gee and Byron Lee won gold in 4.0 Mens Doubles
Brian Guzman (with Victor Kess) won gold in 3.5A Mens Doubles
Susan Whalen (with Ron Greeno) won gold in 3.5B Mixed Doubles
Kathy Yamamoto (with Robo Pearson) won silver in 4.0A Mixed Doubles
Mo Nard and Lisa Ryan won silver in 3.5A Womens Doubles
Mike Gardner (with Didi Martin) won silver in 3.5B Mixed Doubles
Sue O'Connell (with Dan Busch) won bronze in 4.0B Mixed Doubles
Kathy Yamamoto (with Joanna Kean) won bronze in 4.0 Womens Doubles
Reine Steel and Laurie Lozano won bronze in 3.5A Womens Doubles
Sunrise Recreation and Park District continues to make a name for itself with its two highly successful annual tournaments. This year's fall tournament drew nearly 220 competitors, with many brackets filling up several weeks in advance. Men's singles was offered for the first time in our area. (Maybe women's singles will be next?) With so many different events, the start times had to be staggered throughout the day, with some matches continuing into the evening. What a wonderful sight to see our Rusch Park courts continuously filled with incredibly fun to watch, competitive matches, all weekend long! We had several SPC members medal in their brackets. Congratulations to the following members for their clearly hard-fought victories!
Lydia Brambila (with Cam Martin) won gold in Mixed Doubles 4.0/4.5 Overall
Brian Guzman won silver in Mens Singles 3.5 A
Michelle Daniels (with Kyle Daniels) won silver in Mixed Doubles 3.0 A
Val Graden (with David Pelton) won bronze in Mixed Doubles 4.0/4.5 4.0 Group
Reine Steel and Laurie Lozano won bronze in Womens Doubles 3.5A
Ed Boes (with Rich Waters) won bronze in Mens Doubles 3.5 C
Gary Pike (with Danessa Udy) won bronze in Mixed Doubles 3.0 A
The Huntsman World Senior Games is the largest annual multi-sport event in the world for athletes 50 and over. PIckleball was one of 30 sports featured, and alone drew over 770 competitors. Congratulations to the following Sunrise Pickleball Club members, whom we are thrilled to have represent our club on the international scene!
Joyce May and Michael Luevano won gold in Mixed Doubles 65-69 B
Joyce May (with Audrey Phillips) won gold in Womens Skill Doubles 4.5:65+
Jeff Greenhoe and Charlie Garcia won silver in Men's Doubles 55-59 D
Barbara Wise (with Mark Attwood) won silver in Mixed Doubles 60-64 B
Lynn Fraser and Judy Chatwin won silver in Women's Doubles 70-74
Carol Nakao (with Sharon Klotz) won bronze in Women's Doubles 70-74
Claire Norton (with Margo Dragoo) won bronze in Women's Doubles 75-79
Anita Readdy and Paula Hart won bronze in Women's Doubles 60-64 C
Anita Readdy and Michael Irwin won bronze in Mixed Doubles 65-69 D
Barbara Wise won bronze in Women's Singles 60-64
Norm Readdy (with Kelly Painter) won bronze in Men's Doubles 65-69 C
Norm Readdy (with Kelly Painter) won bronze in Men's Skill Doubles 3.5:65+
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.