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: