Sunday, October 30, 2011

Blog Update

The Blog has reached another milestone
25,000 hits
Pageviews last month
: 1,694
 Busiest Month  March 2011  Pageviews: 3,432
Barb Schmidt
Tournament Updates and Photos
Barb updates the Tournament Boards at the courts, she provides an updated list of upcoming tournaments, registration forms, updated list of medal winners and photos of medal winners. Barb also updates the Blog, she updates the Blog photo album with pictures of recent tournaments and medal winners and updates the link of medal winners (update coming soon)

 Verna Moore
 Blog Photographer
Verna is the roving photographer for the Blog.  In addition to taking candid photos at the courts, she also take photos at our general meetings and special events, smile as you may be on "candid camera"

  Under each Blog you can check a box and let us know what you think

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Court Play

                                               photo courtesy of Verna Moore
Court Play

The courts are already filling up and organized play has begun!
Sign up sheets for Round Robins are at the courts 
Joyce Staffen our Round Robin Coordinator plans to have the
complete court schedule implemented by mid November

Monday, October 24, 2011

Training Clinic

Save the Dates: November 15 + 16
This year's training coordinator - AJ Fraties is currently organizing our first 2 day clinic of the season
Bob and Bev Youngren are coming to Palm Creek and will be giving a training clinic 
Day 1: Beginner and Intermediate Clinic
Day 2: Advanced Clinic
Additional information will be posted, when it becomes available

Note: The Blog calendar has been updated , check meeting dates, tournament information, social hours etc...

New Maintenance Coordinator on the job

Randall - Lee - Noel - Steve - Mark
                                          photo courtesy of Verna Moore

Lee Moore our new maintenance coordinator returned to Palm Creek and rounded up "the crew" to clean the courts, for the enjoyment of all!!
"Let's Play Pickleball"

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Paddle Update

As of 10/22/11 another paddle has been listed on the USAPA, as not compliant for Sanctioned Tournament Play

Performance One Paddles (POP). Model Q1 (graphite and cork), Model Q1 (aluminum and Cork) Fails the deflection test, this paddle is sold by Brian Jensen.

Following is the complete list posted by USAPA:
List of Commercial Paddles Not Meeting Specifications of the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP)

Paddles that have failed the deflection test: 
Performance One Paddles (POP). Model Q1 (graphite and cork), Model Q1 (aluminum and Cork) 

This as described for size:
Pickleball Now Whomper Some paddles have been slightly oversize. Models at tournaments can be measured for compliance.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Huntsman Medal Winners in the News

CG residents win at senior games

Published: Friday, October 21, 2011 10:21 AM MST

Residents from Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort and Mission Royale brought home a total of 14 medals from the 25th annual Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah. The games ended Saturday.

In this year's games, more than 10,000 athletes participated in 26 sports.

Palm Creek medal winners included Sue Buerkens, Vance Christiansen, Sherry Gusse, Al Hager, Lee Moore, Sandy Stephens and Mary Whitfield.
 Mission Royale winners were Lenny Chimino and John Grasso.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New Pickleball Courts: Update #1

New Pickleball Courts: Update #1

AJ Fraties, Neal Whitfield and myself met with Palm Creek management to discuss the new courts for Palm Creek. This was our first chance to look at the plans Palm Creek has drawn up for their expansion. Of course the expansion has new RV sites. It also has pickleball courts, softball field, restrooms, food facility, doggie run, recycling area, parking, and picnic area. There is not unlimited area. To fit the ball field and pickleball courts the layout is not ideal but very workable. The current drawing has room for 26 pickleball courts. We most likely will not get 26 courts now. The final number of courts will be decided by costs of the courts and available financing. It will be awhile before we know those numbers.

We did emphasize our club’s consensus that we did not want to split the courts up. We do not want new courts in the expansion area and still have our current courts to use. It is very important to us that we have our all our courts in one place. We like the single court area for the cohesion it brings the group and how much easier it is to put on tournaments with only one venue. We will continue to work with Palm Creek on the details of the plan. I will be supplying them with the list of amenities that we would like to see. We will meet again next week to continue working on the details. As more details become available I will post them.

Mark Nelson

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Huntsman World Senior Games - Medal Update

Women's Doubles
Sue Buerkens        Bronze 
Sherry Gusse         Silver 
Mary Whitfield      Bronze

Men's Doubles
Al Hager                Silver

Mixed Doubles
Vance Christiansen   Bronze
Al Hager                  Silver
Lee Moore               Silver
Sandy Stephens        Silver
Mary Whitfield          Bronze

Women's Singles
Sue Buerkens          Gold

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Mesquite Tournament Results

Mesquite held a brand new Pre-Huntsman tournament as a fund raiser for charity.  From all accounts it was a fun and well run tournament.

Congratulations to:
3.5 Gold Medal Winners - Steve Arthur and Lee Moore
3.5  Bronze Medal Winner - Ellen Mattson

5.0 Men's Doubles was quite the event for our Club Member Al Hager.  It is unprecedented for medal winners from other clubs to appear on our blog.  In this rare instance listing the other medal winners highlights the level of competition!
The medal winners are:
Gold - Al Hager and Mark Friedenberg
Silver - Dennis Makinen and Mark Clark
Bronze - Pat Kane and Chile Chilelli

John Ramirez this year's tournament director, advised that he will be holding the tournament again next year, on the same weekend, mark your calendars!

Thursday, October 6, 2011



"A window of opportunity to make recommendations"
Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
2 PM
San Tan Room

The only item on the agenda will be

The meeting is being held, at this early date, as we need to work within the time frame provided by Palm Creek. 

If you are unable to attend the meeting and have ideas or suggestions please e-mail our club President