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Today four Sun City Club members entered the “Dual in the Desert 17th Annual Pickleball Tournament and all four brought home a medal! Congratulations Ladies!
Womens Doubles 4.0, 65+ Jan Hodgson & Alice Ritzman – Bronze
Womens Doubles 3.5, 65+ Karen Madison & Partner – Gold
Womens Doubles 3.0, 65+ Dianna Graham & Partner – Gold
BIG THANK YOU to the Tournament Directors, Rich & Barbara Heywood! Thanks to all the volunteers who kept the matches running smoothly: Jeff Skaggs, Candy Laube, Tammy Evans, and PK for arranging delivery of all the pizza for lunch! Great prizes for 1st & 2nd place high point scorers of each group! Follow us on our Facebook page, “Sun City Pickleball Club” for more photos!
SUN CITY PICKLEBALL CLUB MEN bring home the hardware from the “Grand Canyon State Games, a USAPA National Qualifier” at Pecos Park in Phoenix on Saturday, February 8th, 2020. (Club member’s names in Bold)
Men’s Doubles 3.5: 70+, Joe Gilfillan / Mike Baker: Great job winning the bronze medal!
Men’s Doubles 4.0: 50+, Grant Boulay /Greg Karpo: Grant and Greg were moved to the “Opportunity Bracket” after their first match, but won their way back to play for the Gold! The Gold match went 4 games, 12-10, 5-11, 11-6,15-9. Way to remain focused and win that Gold medal, Congratulations!
SUN CITY PICKLEBALL CLUB LADIES take GOLD at the “Grand Canyon State Games, a USAPA National Qualifier” at Pecos Park in Phoenix on Friday, February 7th, 2020. (Club member’s names in Bold)
Women’s Doubles 4.0: 50+, Donna Holick /Kari Rambo
Women’s Doubles 4.0:60+,70+ Jane Powell & Jan Hodgson
Women’s Doubles 3.5: 70+, Karen Madison / Barb Patterson
Women’s Doubles Age, 70+, Gwen Miller / Polly Unger – Silver Medal
Congratulations ladies – Way to represent!
SUN CITY ADDS 13 MEDALS IN WEDNESDAY’S SSIPA MIXED DOUBLES AT MARINETTE
Mixed doubles competition meant 13 top-three finishes Wednesday for the Sun City Pickleball Club as a Super Senior International Pickleball Association tournament, presented by Aetna Medical Solutions, concluded the second of three days at the Marinette Recreation Center.
Twenty-five divisions of mixed teams (women and men) were contested at the 20-court complex under mixed clouds and 60-degree conditions. A total field of 522 is entered in the event for those 50 and older. Thursday’s final day features women’s doubles and men’s singles, starting at 8 a.m.
The host club has 28 medals through two days.
Wednesday’s Sun City gold medalists were: Judy Nichols and club president Dave Breault, 75 and older age group, 3.5 skill level; Jan Hodgson and Joe Gilfillan, 70 and older, 3.5; Charlotte Peters and Michael Koehlmoos, 70 and older, 3.0; Sylvia Csabon and Al Hager, 65 and older, 4.5; Michele Kiesling and club vice president Tom Jeffers, 65 and older, 3.0; and Julie McRitchie and Grant Boulay, 50 and older, 3.5.
Club silver medalists: Elaine Greer and George Greer, 70 and older, 3.0; Connie Chambas and Michael Kapp, 65 and older, 3.5; Patty Evans and Frank Spina, 65 and older, 3.0; and Carol Acker and Scott Sutherland, 60 and older, 4.0.
Club bronze medalists: Ann Clark and Bob Thacker, 70 and older, 3.0; Jane Powell and Steve Welch, 65 and older, 4.0; and Alice Ritzman and Tony Anfinson, 65 and older, 3.0.
Well it was another fine day for Sun City Pickleball Club! All our players came out to win today and win we did! We beat Sun City West 63 games to 45 games and in points it was a blowout – 941 points to 791 points! Congratulations to all the players today. Fun was had by all.
By Kevin Pates
SIX WOMEN’S DOUBLES MEDALS CLAIMED ON HALLOWEEN
The Sun City Pickleball Club accounted for five medals on Halloween Thursday, including two golds, as the Fall Roundup tournament concluded three days at the Marinette Recreation Center in Sun City, presented by Aetna Medicare Solutions.
A perfect weather day — sun, little wind and temperatures in the 60s and 70s — greeted the women’s doubles teams. A field of 410, age 50 and older, competed this week in the club’s first major event of 2019-20, sanctioned by USA Pickleball.
One of the day’s highlights was in the 4.5 skill level, age 50 and older. Sun City member Sylvia Csabon teamed with Traci Willis to win the title in an ultimate tiebreaker, 15-7, against Janet Wilson and Carol O’Brien. Also claiming gold for the host club were Joyce Troyer and Carolyn Pritchett in 3.0, 70 and older.
Taking bronze medals were: Diana Graham and Martha Nause in 3.0, 60 and older; Carole Hutchinson and Jean Ward in 3.5, 70 and older; and Susan Anfinson and Lyla Reibel in 4.5, 60 and older. Lori Killian and CJ Johnson won bronze in 3.0, 50 and older.
The next major tournament is the Sun City Marinette Super Senior International Pickleball event Jan. 28-30, 2020. The Sun City Spring Slam is March 3-8.
CLUB NETS SIX MEDALS IN MIXED DOUBLES
Some strange Arizona weather didn’t deter Sun City Pickleball Club members from netting six medals Wednesday, including three golds.
High-powered morning winds, and temps in the 40s, forced play onto Marinette’s eight covered courts. But by the afternoon, with temperatures warming close to 70 and the winds subsiding, play included the club’s 12 outdoor courts.
Claiming championship titles were Carole Hutchinson and Frank Spina at 3.0 for those 70 and older; Michele Kiesling and Tom Jeffers at 3.0 and 60 and older; and club member Cheryl St. John teamed with Mike Agostinelli at 4.0 and 50 and older.
Silver medals went to Michelle Orton and Doug White, 3.0 and 70 and older; and member Jan Hodgson with Philip Scholl, 3.5 and 70 and older.
A bronze medal was taken by club member Charlotte Peters and Michael Koehlmoos at 3.0 and 70 and older.
MEN’S DOUBLES COMPLETED ON FIRST DAY
Club members earned three silver medals Tuesday (Oct. 29).
Bob Thacker and Norris Bryant combined to place second in men’s 3.0, age 70 and older; Sun City player Glenn Jones teamed with Clarence Lindblom for silver in 3.5 at 50 and older; and Sun City’s Scott Sutherland, with Terry Cullen, were second in 4.0, 60 and older.
In the accompanying photos:
Clarence Lindblom makes a backhand return as partner Glenn Jones looks on in men’s doubles.
Tom Jeffers connects on a shot as Michele Kiesling watches in mixed doubles.
Sylvia Csabon prepares for a return as Traci Willis (with a marvelous Halloween shirt) watches in women’s doubles.