Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Sun Screens

Thanks to our volunteers the new Sun Screens were installed
The screens were provided by Palm Creek

Tom Gearhart, Jim Meyers, Roger Fellows, AJ Fraties, Don McKinnon, Michael Hill, Mike Harris, Mark Nelson and LeRoy Schmidt

Photo courtesy of Verna Moore

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Referee Seminar

Do you want to learn how to referee a pickleball game?

WHEN: Wednesday, January 5, 2011,  2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
WHERE: Pickleball Courts

If you do, we as a club need you.
Sign up at the courts and plan on attending

Before the seminar click on the link below, print, read and understand the rules.  Understanding the rules is imperative to being a good referee

Note:  If you have a spouse or friend who no longer plays and still enjoys the game; they may want to be a referee. This is a great way to stay active in the club

Monday, December 27, 2010

Menu Additions

New Links have been added to the menu. 
As discussed at the December General Meeting, there are two links, "Skill Rating Summary" and "Skill Rating Definitions".

For your convenience Registration Forms for our "Resident Tournament" and our "8th Annual Tournament" have been added. (Reminder, in addition to completing the registration form, it requested that you register on line)

On January 15, 2011, the court schedule will be modified to add  four additional round robins for 3.5 and 4.0 USAPA rated players.

The Pickleball Club Bylaws have also been linked for quick reference

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Holiday Cheer

It is 45 degrees and warm at the courts. Edie Preis with the always helpful Michael Hill set up coffee, tea and hot chocolate, accompanied by Holiday cupcakes. There will be a repeat performance on Christmas Eve morning to help insure that everyone has a great start to having a wonderful Christmas.

Photo courtesy of Verna Moore

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Cheer

Provided by Santa's Elves

Hot Beverages and Treats will be served at the courts
Thursday and Friday Mornings

 Pickleball players will be "caroling"
 around the park Thursday evening
Join them when they kick off from the court pavilion at 6:30 PM
Caravan to include golf carts and cars

No Scheduled Play Christmas Day


Friday, December 17, 2010

December 2010 General Meeting

" The Smiling Faces - Attest to a Great Meeting"

There were a lot of items to cover this month -  the minutes have been posted - click on the link at right
If you missed the meeting, reading the minutes will give you "the actual" content of the meeting

Pickleball on "The Early Show"

As the sport continues to grow it receives national coverage, in case you missed it, here is the link

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tuscon Senior Olympic Festival

The following was written by Priscilla Scott, Tournament Director for Voyager RV Resort.
The tournament team worked diligently with the Senior Olympics, to schedule events for players, so that they could also play at Happy Trails. 

Tucson Senior Olympic Festival, Jan 21-25
New for 2011:

The tournament will run from Friday - Tuesday. Meet & Greet will be on Thursday, Jan 20 at 6:00 pm.
Men's and Women's Skill Level events are on Monday and Tuesday. These replace the Masters and Legends events that were held in the past. Note: There are no mixed doubles or men's/women's singles in skill level, only age-based.

You get two t-shirts with each Doubles Entry Form submitted this year, so remember to include the sizes on your entry form(s). If you enter multiple events on one Doubles Entry Form you will still only get two t-shirts. You can send in multiple entry forms, using one for each event, if desired.
We are asking everyone to also enter their events on the USAPA website. This is in addition to the Senior Olympics Festival paper entry form. It will help us get the registration information more quickly and completely. Click on this link or paste it into your browser to get to the USAPA software: .

The information on the website, , is correct. You can get to the Pickleball information by selecting Event Briefs on the left side of the home page or clicking on this link: .

There is an error in the dates listed for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday's events in the Senior Olympic Festival booklet. The days of the week are correct, but the dates are wrong. The schedule should read:

Fri, Jan 21 Women's doubles, Men's singles (age-based)
Sat, Jan 22 Mixed doubles (age-based)
Sun, Jan 23 Men's doubles, Women's singles (age-based)
Mon, Jan 24 Men's doubles (skill level)
Tue, Jan 25 Women's doubles (skill level)
Wed, Jan 26 Rain Makeup Day

Entry Form Hints:
Doubles entries must use the Doubles Entry Form. Click this link for the Doubles Entry Form:

Singles entries must use the Individual Entry Form. We recommend that you skip the online registration since it is only available for singles events. Click this link for the Individual Entry Form:

The mixed doubles course codes are listed under "Coed". There are different course codes for the men’s & women’s age-based and skill level events. Click this link for the Course Code Index:

Your age is based on your age as of December 31, 2011. You cannot play down in singles (i.e you must play in your age bracket) but you can play down to your partner’s age bracket in age-based doubles.
You must in the skill level bracket of the highest rated partner.

More than one event can be put on the Doubles Entry Form but you will need to collect waiver signatures from all your partners and submit all the money together. Remember, you only get two t-shirts per entry form, even if you enter multiple events on the one form.
Registration deadline is January 1, or January 11 with a $3 late fee.

If you have questions please contact Priscilla Scott, 520-574-1203 or , or call the Senior Olympic registration office, 520-791-4877. The main Senior Olympic office line is 520-791-3244.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Evening Round Robin

Towards the end of last season; evening Round Robins were added to the court play schedule. Laurel Wineinger is the Captain for this "B" soon to be officially called "3.5 Evening Mixed Round Robin"
With such a great turnout, the players had a lot of fun

photo courtesy of Verna Moore

A Thank You From Voyager to our Palm Creek Referees

... a thank you just doesn't seem enough for all the hours you volunteered by refereeing at the Voyager Tournament last week. We couldn't have had such a smooth running tournament without all your help. You really stepped up to the plate when our plea went out for help. We never had to delay the matches because we didn't have enough refs to cover our courts. I was so stressed that I wouldn't have enough people but David Jordan and Priscilla Scott assured me that all would go well. I was so glad they were right!!!!

I received nothing but compliments from the spectators and the players about a job well done by all of you. Even some of my own refs who were doing this for the first time felt less stressed because of your patience with them....

THANK YOU.......Jane  and Chuck Gilmore

Monday, December 13, 2010


2010 Voyager Holiday Skill Level Tournament Medal Winners

Back row:
Tom Gearhart, AJ Fraties, Mike Hill, Vance Christiansen, Lynn Carlson, LeRoy Schmidt, Colin Caldwell
Front row:
Sue Buerkens, Rhoda Zaph, Jeanne Gearhart, Mary Whitfield, Pat Lively, Sandra Hubbick, Al Hager, Joyce Staffen, Sandy Stephens, Sherry Gusse, Donna Robins
John Lively, John Grasso, Audrey Hill, Barb Schmidt
Not shown in picture:
Mary Duncan, Connie Emerson, Bob Sester, Eleanor Sloane, Jerry Winter


Sunday NOT a day of rest

AJ Fraties - Mark Nelson - Les Scott

Mark Nelson once again was working on the new courts, re-doing the lines with his "Crew"

Thanks to the volunteers who do so much to keep our courts in such good shape

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Moerman Kennel Fire

Many of you at the courts have heard that our club members Rob and Judy are enduring a great loss

The following link will bring you to the newspaper article on the kennel fire, which are the only facts I have to share at this time

 Rob and Judy Moerman Kennel Fire

If you would like contact information for Rob and Judy please e-mail me at:

Meeting Notice

It is requested that Round Robin Captains  attend a meeting with Joyce Staffen:
          Monday - December 13th
          At the Court Pavilion

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Court Maintenance

Thanks to Mark Nelson and his "Crew"- from left to right
Jim Meyers, Ed Obermeyer, Dean Wineinger, Lee Moore, Wayne Kennedy, Noel White and Mark Nelson.  The arduous task of installing a new cap on our fencing has been completed.  In addition to its nice appearance, this improvement makes playing pickleball safer for all.

Photo courtesy of Verna Moore

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Who to Contact

This link has been created for our club members, if you have a question, a recommendation or a concern, you now know who to contact

Under Menu on right
                   2010-2011 Board and Committee Members

If you are listed incorrectly or have inadvertently not be listed please e-mail me at

Sunday, November 28, 2010

2010 Sun City Grand Medal Winners

From Left to Right
Audrey Hill, Sherry Gusse, Al Hager, John Grasso, Pat Lively, John Lively, AJ Fraties, Lorne Bjornson
Not Shown:
Eleanor Sloane, Joyce Staffen and Sandy Stephens


General Monthly Meeting Minutes

In response to several club members, who requested that the minutes from our monthly meetings be posted, a new link has been added.

In the column to the right you now see:

Monthly General Meeting Minutes
→  November 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Scheduled Court Play is cancelled on Thanksgiving Day

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Scheduled Court Play

This past Monday "official" scheduled play started, signified with the collection of 50 cents per player. The complete schedule is being phased in as more players arrive and sign up to play. (See Court schedule on right under menu).

For several years Jeanne Gearhart had volunteered to be the Round Robin Coordinator. With the assistance of her Round Robin Captains, Jeanne undertook this 7 day a week commitment of coordinating, scheduling, maneuvering and continuing to develop a policy for play in a time of exceptional club membership growth.
Thanks to Jeanne our club members could all depend on having the round robins, that they looked forward to playing. A "Huge" Thank You to Jeanne for the extraordinary amount of time she has given the club as the Round Robin Coordinator as well as for her continued behind the scenes assistance.

A warm "Welcome" to Joyce Staffen our new Round Robin Coordinator and her Round Robin Captains who are now at the helm of running " Official" scheduled Round Robins

A note of Thanks to Noel While for coordinating the Round Robins from the onset of the season while this transition was underway.

Thank You to Vance Christiansen for continuing to be our "Shootout Coordinator", which is another position that requires commitment and behind the scenes work.

It is without question that these volunteers have given and continue to give Our Club Members fun and dependable scheduled play -  Thank YOU

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Front row left to right - Mary Whitfield, Vance Christiansen, Al Hager
Back row left to right - Lynn Carlson and Jerry Winter
not pictured - Susan Buerkens

Palm Creek 2010 Medal Winners at the USAPA National Tournament

Mary Whitfield Silver Senior Women's Doubles 50+ and Silver Senior Mixed Doubles 50+
Vance Christiansen Silver Senior Mixed Doubles 50+
Al Hager Bronze Senior Men's Doubles 55+
Lynn Carlson Gold Senior Mixed Doubles 65+ and Silver Senior Men's Doubles 65+
Jerry Winter Silver Senior Men's Doubles 65+
Susan Buerkens Silver Senior Women's Doubles 50+ and Silver Senior Women's Singles 50+

Thursday, November 11, 2010


 First General Meeting of the 2010-2011 Season

There will be a GENERAL MEETING of the Palm Creek Pickleball Club this coming Tuesday, November 16th, from 3 - 5 PM in the San Tan Room. Everyone is invited.

Come to meet your board of directors, hear about what's going to happen next, and ask any questions you might be wondering about. It's YOUR club; we welcome you!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Thanks to our Club President AJ Fraties, who arranged this clinic for the residents of Palm Creek. This was a "great" kick off to our new season!
Mark Friedenberg
National Champion - Author - Current USAPA Ratings Chairman
Past USAPA President

Mark came to us directly from a week of hard play at the USAPA National Tournament where he once again won several medals.  As Mark resides in Seattle, WA., this stop was not exactly on his way home. 
Over the two days Mark explained and demonstrated every aspect of play as well as answered every question he was asked.  As an added bonus he brought with him Don Paschal to assist him in demonstrating and to play in an exhibition match

 Don Paschal
National Champion Adult Division

Both Mark and Don generously donated their time and expertise for these two days so that the proceeds from this clinic will be donated to the children in our area to enhance their learning  and playing the game of pickleball.

If all of this wasn't enough, they also agreed to do a mini clinic for the children who attend "Len Colla Recreation Center" after school.  This center has 2 indoor and 2 outdoor pickleball courts. With boundless energy and enthusiasm these children where given a memory for a life time

Children from the Len Colla Recreation Center

The children ended the clinic on a high note with home made cookies and lemonade

Keep the Ball in Play

Thanks to the many volunteers who assisted in setting up this clinic

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Mark Friedenberg Pickleball Clinic

Monday – November 8th - 9AM – 4PM 
Hour break for lunch
Tuesday – November 9th - 9AM – 1PM

Check In – 8:30 AM for Paid registrants, wrist band provided must be worn as proof of registration.  If you have paid and arrive late, you still must check in for a wrist band

Please wear your Name Badge

The newest Pro-Lite paddles including the Brand-new Blaster will be showcased

Soft Drinks will be available at the courts $1.00 ea.
Palm Creek Pickleball pins for sale $3.00 ea. or 2/$5.00
USAPA registration forms will be available

Must be registered to attend - Fee $5.00
Fees will be donated to Charity

If you have pre-registered and have not paid the clinic fee or have just arrived at Palm Creek, you can still attend the clinic. It is requested that you wait until all fully registered participants are checked in

If you have any questions please e-mail:

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

This article and picture were in the Casa Grande Dispatch on Sunday, October 24, 2010.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

2010 Huntsman Pictures

Check out the pictures from the 2010 Huntsman World Senior Games.
Under the Menu on the right - Click on Pickleball Photo Album
Copy, Save or Print any of the pictures.
Check out more photos on this website


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

In Memory of Bob Scott

As many of you may know, we recently lost a great friend of pickleball in Bob Scott, who passed away very unexpectedly on October 11th . Bob loved pickleball and was always a terrific guy to play with or against...a fine player but really one of the most gentlemanly people on the courts; a real inspiration in terms of his good humor, sense of fun and fair play and his willingness to play with anybody and everybody.
Bob served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was a business education teacher at the Wausau East and Wausau West High Schools.
Other than his family, Bob probably loved hunting best...and died while hunting pheasant in a favorite place in North Dakota.

If you would like to send a card or a note to his wife Carol,  for his address please contact Rosemary at  or A.J. at

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

2010 Hutsman World Senior Game Medal Winners

Not shown in picture Sherry Gusse and Morgan Robins
Congatulations to our medal winners who have kicked off the new 2010-2011 Tournament Season

WOW 22 Medals!

Bronze     Sue Buerkens      Women's Doubles
Gold        Sue Buerkens      Women's Doubles 4.0
Gold        Sue Buerkens      Womens' Singles
Bronze     Sue Buerkens      Mixed Doubles      
Bronze     Lynn Carlson       Men's Doubles       
Silver       Lynn Carlson       Mixed Doubles       
Gold        AJ Fraties            Men's Doubles Div 2
Gold        AJ Fraties            Men's Doubles 4.0
Gold        Irene Fraties        Mixed Doubles Div 2
Bronze     Irene Fraties        Women's Doubles 3.5
Gold        John Grasso         Men's Doubles Div 2
Gold        John Grasso         Mens's Doubles 4.0
Gold        John Grasso         Mixed Doubles Div 2
Silver       Sherry Gusse       Mixed Doubles      
Gold        Al Hager               Mixed Doubles      
Bronze     Ken Reese            Mixed Doubles
Bronze     Morgan Robins     Men's Doubles Div 2
Bronze     Barb Schmidt       Women's Doubles 3.5
Bronze     LeRoy Schmidt     Men's Doubles Div 2
Bronze     Mary Whitfield     Women's Doubles 
Gold        Mary Whitfield     Women's Doubles 4.0
Bronze     Jerry Winter        Men's Doubles        

On top of all of this our very own Doug Kant was quoted in the St. George "Spectrum", a daily newspaper
Doug Kant and Carol Haworth live far apart - he's from Michigan, she lives in Canada - but managed to connect online where a love of the sport brought them together for the senior games. "She needed a partner and I needed a partner and so we hooked up on the internet," said Kant, who is making his first appearance in the Huntsman games. "They play pickleball down at an RV park (where I live) and they asked me to come down and play and it sure is fun."

Sunday, October 10, 2010


The following annoucement is for all residents of Palm Creek. If you have only thought about playing the game or are a tournament medal winner, this is the clinic you do not want to miss. To be guarnteed a seat at this clinic register early, see details below:

Registration Required! 

On November 8th and 9th, Mark Friedenberg and his colleagues will join us at Palm Creek for one of Mark’s rare but very well-regarded clinics. Whether you are a beginning player or more advanced, you can learn a terrific amount from what Mark will share, and if you’re looking to improve your game this is an opportunity you can’t miss.

In the sport of pickleball, there’s perhaps no better known player than Mark, and certainly there’s nobody with better credentials. He has been with the sport virtually since its beginning, served for over four years as President of the USAPA, started (and is still running) Pro-Lite Sports, the premier pickleball-paddle manufacturing company in the world, authored the wide-selling Official Pickleball Handbook now in its second edition , and, perhaps most significantly, has competed in and won virtually every major pickleball competition. He is (with Pat Kane) the current 2010 National Men’s Doubles Open Champion. Mark is an extraordinary doubles player but he is also a tremendous singles player - ask AJ how he did against Mark in the Bronze Medal round at the Nationals last year - and above all is known as a gentleman, an excellent coach and a fierce competitor and at the same time a role model for sportsmanship.

In this clinic Mark and his colleagues will cover the following subjects:

November 8th (All Day):
1. Basic Fundamentals for ALL levels!
2. Beyond the Fundamentals: Dinking, Drop Shots, etc.
3. Doubles Strategies
4. Singles Strategies
5. How Practice can make Perfect!
6. How to Select a Paddle
7. Exhibition Match
November 9th (Morning only)
1. Advanced Techniques: Tendencies, Faking, Sweeps, etc
2. Secrets of the Master Players
3. Mental Toughness
4. Paddle Demo
5. Exhibition Match (If time permits)

Mark will also be showcasing his newest Pro-Lite paddles (including the brand-new Blaster….see it now for yourself at

Because of the rarity of this clinic and the quality of the material and instruction, we expect that these clinics will be very well attended.

Mark and his colleagues are very generously donating their time; the registration fee will be donated to charity in this spirit of giving

Fee: Palm Creek residents: A single $5.00 fee will provide you access to clinics on both days, must be paid in advance. Do not mail fees at this time; you will be notified, after you have registered as to when fees will be collected.

Early registration is definitely recommended. Reserving your spot is EASY! Simply let Rosemary Reese know at:

1. Names of who you are registering
2. Contact Phone numbers(s)
3. Date you plan to arrive at Palm Creek (if not already there)

Friday, October 8, 2010

19 / 122

Yes, 19!
19 known medals won for the month of September
WOW, 122 !
122 known medals won during the summer season
2010/2011 Season Kick Off
Our new tournament season is about to kick off with the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, UT starting  October 11th, 20 of our Palm Creek players will be competing , let's wish them good luck! 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

September Medal Winners

San Diego Senior Olympics
Silver        Sherry Gusse         Women's Doubles
Silver        Sherry Gusse         Mixed Doubles (Age)
Gold          Sherry Gusse         Mixed Doubles (4.0)
Silver        Sandy Stephens     Women's Doubles -Official Creeker on 10/18
Bronze      Sandy Stephens     Women's Singles
Bronze      Sandy Stephens     Mixed Doubles (Age)
Silver        Sandy Stephens     Mixed Doubles (4.0)

Arkansas Senior Olympics
Bronze      John Lively            Men' Doubles
Silver        John Lively            Mixed Doubles
Gold          Pat Lively              Women's Doubles
Silver        Pat Lively              Women's Singles
Silver        Pat Lively              Mixed Doubles

Kansas Senior Olympics
Gold        Debbie Plummer     Women's Doubles
Gold        Laurel Wineinger    Women's Doubles
Silver      Dean Wineinger      Men's Doubles

Sun River Tournament
Gold        Ken Reese             Mixed Doubles

Kansas City 50+ Games
Gold       Dean Wineinger     Men's Doubles
Gold       Dean Wineinger     Mixed Doubles
              Dean Wineinger     Placed Third overall Men's Doubles
Gold       Laurel Wineinger   Mixed Doubles

Monday, September 6, 2010


Yes, 23!

23 known medal won for the month of August


Reminder if you win a medal e-mail me with the details at

August Medal Winners

La Conner Tournament
Gold        Sandi Feller       Mixed Doubles
Gold        AJ Fraties         Mixed Doubles
Gold        AJ Fraties         Men's Doubles
               AJ Fraties         Overall Men's Champion
Silver      AJ Fraties         Men's Partner Switch
Gold        John Grasso      Men's Doubles
Gold        John Grasso      Men's Partner Switch

Olympic Peninsula Senior Games
Gold       John Grasso      Men's Doubles
Silver     John Grasso      Men's Singles
Bronze   John Grasso      Mixed Doubles
Silver     Dave Luchi        Men's Doubles
Silver     Dave Luchi        Men's Singles
Gold       Bob Sester        Men's Doubles
Gold       Lance Thiede    Mixed Doubles
Bronze   Lance Thiede    Men's Doubles
Bronze   Jerry Winter     Men's Doubles

Spring Lake Tournament
Gold       Doug Kant         Men's Doubles
Gold       Doug Kant         Mixed Doubles
Gold       Joyce Staffen     Women's Doubles
Gold       Joyce Staffen     Mixed Doubles

3rd Annual Middletown Ohio Senior Tournament
Gold       Lynn Carlson     Men's Doubles
Gold       Al Hager            Men's Doubles
Gold       Al Hager            Men's Singles
Silver     Al Hager            Mixed Doubles

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thursday, August 12, 2010

First Annual Pickleball Cruise Sailing to Bermuda

Plan Ahead

Bring a Paddle and a Ball and play on Board

Holland America has a cruise scheduled May 15 - May 22, 2011

Sailing from New York to Bermuda

For brochure and/ or registration form and any other questions you may have contact:

            Audrey Phillips 858-756-3356

Friday, July 30, 2010


Yes, 30!

30 known medals won for the month of July


Reminder if you win a medal e-mail me with the details:

Sunday, July 25, 2010

July Medalist

Kansas Sunflower State Games
Gold      Dean Wineinger   Men's Doubles
Bronze  Dean Wineinger   Mixed Doubles 
Bronze  Laurel Wineinger Mixed Doubles

Wyoming State Games
Gold     Barb Schmidt      Mixed Doubles
Gold     Barb Schmidt      Women's Singles
Gold     LeRoy Schmidt    Mixed Doubles
Gold     LeRoy Schmidt    Men's Singles

Wahington State Games
Silver   Bob Sester         Men's Doubles
Silver   John Grasso      Men's Doubles (officially a Creeker on 10/1) 
Silver   Lance Thiede    Mixed Doubles
Silver   Lance Thiede    Men's Singles
Silver   Jerry Winter     Men's Doubles 

Oregon State Games
Silver    Bob Sester          Men's Doubles
Bronze  Lance Thiede      Men's Doubles
Gold      Lance Thiede      Men's Singles
Gold      Lance Thiede      Mixed Doubles

Minnesota Senior Olympics
Gold     Lynn Carlson       Men's Doubles
Gold     Lynn Carlson       Mixed Doubles
Silver   Jeanne Gearhart  Women's Doubles
Silver   Jeanne Gearhart  Mixed Doubles
Silver   Tom Gearhart       Men's Doubles
Silver   Tom Gearhart       Mixed Doubles

Thousand Trails Bend/Sunriver Tournament - " A" Division
Gold     Sandi Feller       Women's Doubles
Gold     Sandi Feller       Mixed Doubles
Silver    Irene Fraties     Women's Doubles
Bronze  Irene Fraties     Mixed Doubles
Gold      Roger Fellows   Mixed Doubles
Silver    Roger Fellows   Men's Singles
Gold      AJ Fraties         Men's Doubles
Gold      AJ Fraties         Men's Singles

                        Irene + Sandi            Roger +AJ

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Huntsman Deadline

Reminder: Early registration for the Huntsman Senior games ends in 10 days
I have placed a  link on the menu to the right " Huntsman Social and Play Schedule". Event updates will be added to the calendar on a regular basis, be sure to check the month of "October" on a regular basis

If you would like to join the Palm Creek group for some or all the activities and you have not contacted me, please contact me now at :

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Picking a Partner by George Brewer

George Brewer lives and plays at The Villages in Florida.  He writes a column for a local newspaper

Picking a Partner

You are at the courts and a large number of potential partners have been assembled there for your approval. There they are the whole tribe of them, all lined up waiting to be chosen. You have no idea who any of these people are and you are not permitted to question any of the candidates. You must make a selection based solely on what you see standing there in silence.
How do you decide?

  • Male or female, I don’t care; I’d pick the one whose arms are so long their knuckles drag on the court surface when they walked in.
  • Never! Let me say again, never, play with anyone holding a wooden paddle.
  • If the only courts you play on are outside, pass on anyone whose skin shows no evidence of being in the sun for a long time.
  • The first thing I’d do before making a decision is check their ankles. Avoid anyone wearing a house arrest ankle bracelet.
  • If a candidate is wearing a back pack make sure you don’t make a decision before checking it for a portable oxygen tank.
  • Anyone carrying a paddle in their left hand and a chair in their right isn’t in the match for the long run.
  • Never select a partner whose spouse intends to coach from the side lines.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Summer Pickleball at Palm Creek

No one is suffering from Pickleball withdrawal at Palm Creek.  Four days a week at 6:00 AM you will find 3 of our courts very busy. It does not seem to matter that it is July!  Players from our neighboring communities Mission Royale and Robson Ranch drop in and provide us with competition on a regular basis.

Note: some players are missing as this was not a scheduled photo -op

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Keeping The Court Busy

Our very own Tom Earley is holding clinics in Georgia on "Pickleball Strategy and Technique"
Each clinic is limited to 12 new players
Think of this as more competition in your future

Friday, July 2, 2010

Hunstman Senior Games - Temple View

Did you miss your confirmation call from Temple View RV Park?

Temple View has now completed placing reservation confirmation calls and is still awaiting some return calls.
If you have not confirmed your reservation - don't delay.
If you have not made a reservation and would like to, NOW is the time to call, you may get lucky.

Temple View RV Park - 800-776-6410

Group update - I now have a list of 48. The list is comprised of Palm Creekers, ex- Plam Creekers and a few couples from Mission Royale. This list will be notified in advance of our scheduled planed social activities.  If you want to be on this list and have not notified me as of yet, please send me and e-mail, with both your e-mail address(s) and cell phone number(s) -

Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Yes, 36!

36 known Medals were won by Palm Creekers in the month of June

Difficult to think of it as the OFF Season

Congratulations to Palm Creeks June Medal Winners

Reminder - if you win a medal this summer, please e-mail me with the details at

Thursday, June 24, 2010

San Diego Senior Olympics

Dennis Dacey ( Chairman of the USAPA Rules Comittee) has reached out to Palm Creek for assistance in notifying our club members of the upcoming tournament in San Diego

September 20-23, 2010
Castle Creek Inn, Resort and Spa
29850 Circle R Way
Escondido, CA 92026
At Interstate 15 and Gopher Canyon Rd.

Monday 9/20: Mixed Doubles by age (50 and over)

Tuesday 9/21: Men’s Singles, Women’s Doubles (by age 50 and over)

Wednesday 9/22: Women’s singles, Men’s doubles (by age 50 and over)

Thursday 9/23: Mixed Skill-level Doubles (50+, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5/5.0)

Entry Fee: $25 plus $5 for each event entered. Entry fee includes free T-shirt. Entries must be postmarked 2 weeks before start of event or late fee of $10 will be assessed. Play format is double elimination. Some events may be merged depending on number of players entered in each event. This is a USAPA sanctioned event. Yellow DuraBall will be used.

The Castle Creek Inn has 30 deluxe mini suites and a 3 bedroom/3 bath villa at reduced rates for the Tournament. It is located in the scenic foothills of San Diego County next to an 18-hole golf course. Fitness, swimming, hot soaking pools and banquet facilities are available. Also close by is Lawrence Welk Resort / Restaurant and 40 miles from Downtown San Diego. There is also All Seasons RV Park 1 mile from the Tournament at 30012 Hwy 395, Escondido. Phone (760) 749-2982. Rates are $38 a night.

Information and Registration at

or call Dennis Dacey (760) 731-2440 or Gail Penacho (760) 271-7327

Thursday, June 17, 2010

In Memoriam Larry J Peterson

It is with deep sorrow this post is written,  Larry passed away on June 10th

A memorial service will be held with a reception to follow:
Saturday, June 19th at 2:00 PM
Kenmore Community Church
7504 NE Bothell Way
Kenmore, WA 98028

Condolences may be sent to his wife:
Joan Haggerty
1648 Huntwood Lane
East Wenatchee, WA 98802


The following is Larry's Obituary found on

Larry J. Petersen, of East Wenatchee, WA, was born in Port Angeles, WA March 29, 1940. He grew up in Port Townsend, WA and graduated from high school there where he was very active in music and sports and was an outstanding athlete. After graduation he served three years in the U.S. Army (Airborne Division) and jumped into Cuba when the U.S. was involved there. He spent his early working career in the insurance business in the Seattle, WA area before starting, owning and operating "Pacific Marketing", a direct mail marketing business in Monroe, WA, with his partner, Joan Hagerty. After retiring in 1995 Larry and Joan traveled the U.S. and Canada in their RV before settling in East Wenatchee in 2002 where they spent their summer months golfing and fishing. Their winters were spent in AZ where Larry was very active in golf, softball, pickleball, tennis and also played in a band.
Larry suffered a stroke and passed away at Swedish Memorial Hospital in Seattle on June 10. He is survived by Joan Hagerty; her son, Chris Hagerty, of Seattle; daughter, Lynne Petersen, of Kenmore, WA; son, Lonny Petersen, of Monroe; three brothers, Charles Petersen, Gene Petersen and David Petersen; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ingolf, who was killed in action during WWII; his mother, Mary Hendricks; son, Jerry; and brother, Earl Hendricks.

When reading this obituary it appears that we knew Larry as he was in High School - "Very Active in Sports" and "Very Active in Music".  Larry will be missed on the pickleball courts, his music will also be missed at our annual tournament dinner.

In closing our club sends its deepest sympathy and prayers to his wife Joan and to his entire family

Sunday, June 13, 2010

June Medalist

Salina Senior Games
Gold           Dean Wineinger     Men's Doulbes
Silver          Dean Wineinger     Mixed Doubles
Gold           Laurel Wineinger    Women's Doubles
Silver          Laurel Wineinger    Mixed Doubles

Onamia Days Tournament, MN
Bronze         Jeanne Gearhart      Mixed Doubles
Bronze         Tom Gearhart         Mixed Doubles

Mid South Tournament, Baton Rouge
Silver           Pat Lively               Women's Doubles
Silver           Pat Lively               Mixed  Doubles
Silver           John Lively             Mixed Doubles

Wrightwood Open
Silver           Sandi Feller            Women's Doubles - Skill
Gold            Sherry Gusse          Women's Doubles - Skill
Silver           Sherry Gusse          Women's Doubles - Age
Gold             Sherry Gusse          Mixed Doubles - Skill
Silver           Sherry Gusse           Mixed Doubles - Age
Silver           Edie Pries               Women's Doubles - Skill
Gold            Laurie Scott            Women's Doubles - Skill
Silver           Laurie Scott            Women's Doubles - Age

Rocky Mountain Senior Games
Gold           Barb Schmidt           Mixed Doubles
Bronze        Barb Schmidt           Women's Singles
Gold           LeRoy Schmidt        Mixed Doubles
Gold           LeRoy Schmidt        Men's Doubles
Bronze        Marilyn Skees         Women' Doubles 

Northwest Senior Games

Bronze       Bob Sester                Men's Doubles
Silver         Lance Thiede             Men's Doubles
Bronze       Lance Thiede             Men's Singles
Bronze       Lance Thiede             Mixed Doubles
Silver         Jerry Winter               Men's Doubles

North Idaho Senior Games
Gold          Lance Thiede             Men's Singles
Silver         Lance Thiede             Men's Doubles
Bronze       Lance Thiede             Mixed Doubles 

Indiana Senior Games
Gold          Lynn Carlson             Men's Doubles
Gold          Lynn Carlson             Men's Overall
Gold          Al Hager                    Men's Doubles
Gold          Al Hager                    Men's Overall 
Gold          Al Hager                    Mixed Doubles
Silver        Al Hager                    Men's Singles

Friday, June 11, 2010

Joyce Staffen

Joyce is more than a "little" active when it comes to the game of Pickleball, she previously served as our club treasurer for 2 years and for the past two years she has organized a competitive Women's event for our club members. Joyce also does a great job competing in tournaments, this season she won medals in 6 different tournaments and went home this summer and has already picked up another 2 medals. Joyce definitely gives meaning to the expression “She is not getting older, she is getting better". To round out her Pickleball commitment she is also the USAPA ambassador for Mecosta County, Michigan.
Last year Joyce was written up in her hometown newspaper. I did contact Pioneer newspaper for a link to the article, for a clean copy, they have failed to respond. So although there is a small gap in the article below, you will get the gist of the interview

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

It is starting again .....

Although summer is not officially here- our Palm Creekers have once again started to play tournaments...
The Medal winners are:

Sea Tac Invitational

Bronze    Bob Sester         Men's Doubles

Kalamazoo Pickleball Doubles Tournament

Silver     Judy Moerman  Women's Doubles

Silver     Joyce Staffen     Women's Doubles
Silver     Joyce Staffen     Mixed Doubles

Silver     Doug Kant          Men's Doubles
Silver     Doug Kant          Mixed Doubles

The Sierra Nevada Senior Games

Silver     Cindy + Mark Nelson  Mixed Doubles

First Annual Tri-City Regional Pickleball Tournament 

Gold      Lance Thiede   Men's Singles

Bronze   Bob Sester      Mixed Doubles

Bronze   Noel White      Men's Doubles

Terre Haute Vlasic Classic

Gold      Al Hager          Men's Singles
Gold      Al Hager          Mixed Doubles
Silver     Al Hager          Men's Doubles

Silver     Lynn Carlson   Men's Doubles

Click on link to see Al Hager receive his medal on Fox TV (as posted on USAPA website)

Al Hager on Fox

Monday, May 17, 2010


November 9th and 10th 2010

Clinics will be held at Palm Creek by:

Mark Friedenberg

Author of "The Official Pickleball Handbook"

Past President of the USAPA

Updates will be posted

Saturday, May 1, 2010


The curtain has come down on the 2009-2010 season "literally"
Scheduled play is over for the season, there is no water or pickleballs at the courts. This has not stopped our players, the weather has been good, allowing them to play for hours. It is obvious that they are getting in as many games as they can before they leave and trying to stop this great season from coming to an end.
It is a season that will be remembered for years to come, thanks to our Board of Directors and the many players who volunteer to make this the best club in Arizona.
This blog will continue to be updated over the summer. If you win a medal or have other blog worthy news, please be sure to email -