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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