Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Check it Out

More information has been posted
The history does mention the years at Palm Creek
Lots of answers about the upcoming Nationals under FAQ






Tuesday, May 28, 2019

2019 Nationals







2019 MARGARITAVILLE USA PICKLEBALL
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
NOVEMBER 2-10, 2019
 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden

The 2019 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships, returning to the beautiful Indian Wells Tennis Garden in November, is on track to be bigger and better than last year. We are excited to share some changes for this year’s Nationals – from additional match courts, fan-friendly scheduling, and an online player check-in to free access to Championship Court, a player focused site layout with a variety of food options closer to the courts and more – it is sure to be fun for all!

Schedules, fees, and tournament information are now available click here.
To read about this year's tournament upgrades click here.

Be sure you have met the requirements to participate and played in one of the qualifying tournaments (click here for list) and start planning your trip to the 2019 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships!

Pre-Registration opens July 15, 2019
Public Registration opens August 1, 2019

For more information, visit www.usapickleballnationals.com. We look forward to seeing you at Nationals!

Saturday, May 18, 2019

In Memory of Walt Buehler



Walt Buehler
5/11/2019

Many of us knew Walt by his smile and his love the game. He started playing in 2014 and like most players quickly became involved.  In addition to Winter play at Palm Creek, Walt also belonged to the Parkland Pickleheads at home. He did play competitively in tournaments but liked refereeing even more. In addition to being a referee for 3 years in the USAPA Nationals and many other tournaments, he also gave clinics for the Parkland Pickleheads and at the Central Lions Club in Edmonton.

2009 Walt at Work

Since the 1980's Walt was a sound engineer for the Edmonton Oilers on broadcasts on CFRN radio and later at 630 CHED. It appears that sports ran in his blood!

Many club members have commented on how they enjoyed playing with Walt and his friendship. He will be missed by many. 
This is also a difficult time for Walt's wife Elana, she is currently in hospice.

Like a bird singing in the rain,
let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow
.
--Robert Louis Stevenson

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Sane and Insane

The Sane

This was posted on Facebook today


The Insane
This was posted on Facebook today

US OPEN Pickleball Championships and PickleballTournaments.com are making history! Day 1: Singles

 Operating three tournament desks
 Playing on 58 courts and 
788 matches in one day

Everyone Played
The Pros, The Senior Pros
  Ages from 19+ to 80+
Skill levels 2.5-5.0

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Veterans Spread the Word!

Pickleball Tournament - Battle of the Branches - Benefiting The Gary Sinise Foundation

Pickleball Tournament 10/17/2019 - 10/20/2019 Palm Creek - Casa Grande, AZ USA
Everything you want to know, you can find on the link below. Including players that have already signed up. Signup Here: https://www.r2sports.com/tourney/login.asp?TID=30701

The Gary Senise Foundation has been giving a 4 Gold Star rating by Charity Navigator with a perfect score of 100.  Last year, 91.12 % of every dollar raised was applied directly to supporting our defenders and their families

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Friday, April 5, 2019

Welcome To Our 2019-2020 Board of Directors


Bill Wise - President


 George McCulley - Vice President


Penny Rossman - Treasurer

Dawn Vaughan - Secretary 

Kathie Baker - Director At Large

 Bob Bonack - Director At Large


Cheryl Flynn - Director at Large

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

3.0 "girls just wanna have fun"


Group Photo of 3.0 Women's Round Robin
 Photo Bombed by 3.5 DID Silver medalist, Bev Page 

Ready Ladies - Throw on Three

"What Goes Up Must Come Down"

Thanks to Dee Antolik for sending the story line and the pictures

Saturday, March 30, 2019

THANK YOU

For your countless hours of service and multiple contributions 
Leadership that has kept our club the BEST in the Country!

 Dave Wight
2016 -2019 
One year as Vice President and Two years as President


Susan Baldwin
2016-2019
Served for three years as Secretary

Rob Schneider
2017-2019 
Served for two years as Director at Large

 Randy Bourne
2017-2019
Served for two years as Director at Large

Thursday, March 14, 2019

2019 Duel in the Desert

When you think it can't get any better,  The Best Gets Better !

The Sun was shining, the weather was perfect for Players and Spectators.
Each day the tournament ran without a hitch.
It takes a great deal of organization and experience to have a tournament of this size run this well.   

Total number of players -  817 - An 11% increase over last year!
Number of Palm Creek players 168+ (PC players listing a different Home Club not included)
Palm Creek PB Club medalists 46 - Of these, 7 players won 2 medals
Womens Doubles teams  159
Mens Doubles teams       198
Mixed Doubles teams      237
Fun Fact - Bracket with the largest increase 4.5 Womens Doubles +118%!!

    Total Male Players: 442/54% Total Female Players: 375/45%
Skill
50-54
55-59
60-64
65-69
70-74
75-79
80-84
85-89
Total
%
7
27
31
59
31
11
3
2
171
20.9%
5
24
63
70
51
8
1
0
222
27.2%
11
29
66
67
30
7
0
0
210
25.7%
19
22
40
40
30
2
0
0
153
18.7%
6
17
16
13
9
0
0
0
61
7.5%

48
119
216
249
151
28
4
2
817
5.9%
14.6%
26.4%
30.5%
18.5%
3.4%
0.5%
0.2%

Duel in the Desert is a Tier 2, Sanctioned Tournament
We were the first club in the country to receive this Tier Level in 2012! 

Playing in our tournament, qualifies a player to play in Nationals!


The Referees
Our Club from its inception has had a referee training program. This program has grown and without question, we have the best Referee Training Program in the country//1
By the Numbers:
105 Referees officiated matches during the four day tournament.
1,092 Matches were refereed.
8 Certified Referee Candidates were evaluated during the tournament.
1 Certified Referee Evaluator was trained and evaluated during the tournament.
4 Total number of Certified Referee Evaluators present at the tournament. 
   (Note: Only 9 USAPA Evaluators worldwide)

The Line Judges
Our club was the first in the Nation to create Line Judge Teams. 
By the Numbers:
84 trained line judges formed 19 teams to officiate 100 medal matches!

Tournament Photos
Photos are taken by our club members and volunteers from the photo club
Photos are stored in:  Club Photos 2015-2019 

Action                   1,058
Candid                    135
Medals                    149
Vendors                    55
Volunteers              204
Walking wounded     42 ( A new category) 

100's of incredible volunteers coming together together to made this the best tournament  on the planet


St Jude's Children's Hospital Fund Raiser
Pickleball's official National Charity


Sue Sherwood
Dan Northway
The real winners of this fund raiser are the children. A special shout out the Referees who generously set up a St. Jude's donation jar at their tent and to all of you who so    generously participated in the raffle.          Together we have raised: $1,000.00                                                               
Sally Sebring
Pat Avery




Friday, March 8, 2019

Military Pickleball Tournament Coming to Palm Creek

What a Surprise!

The official Tournament Name:
Gary Sinise Foundation - Military Pickleball Association "Battle of the Branches"

It was mentioned at the courts today, we would be holding a tournament in October!
Here is the scoop as found on Facebook posted by: Military Pickleball Association

I recently had someone say they wanted to play in our "Battle of the Branches" October 17-20, 2019, Palm Creek Resort, Casa Grande, AZ, but they had never served. I asked them if they were married to someone who served or if one of their parents served, to which he replied yes my dad served in WWII. I told him he CAN play. This tournament is for active, retired, any time at all served, Military Brats, Wives or a Parent of a child who served. Registration opens April 15th. WooHoo

In addition to this on PickleballTournaments.com, there is a contact person:
Registration Information: Vicky Eisemann
Phone: 951-310-7879
Email: 
Click to send email



As to Duel in the Desert - Stay tuned - the Directors and Coordinators are putting lots of this years information together for the Blog from this year's fabulous tournament.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Join the Fun

Enjoy the Last Day of  the Duel in the Desert.

  • See great play  
  • Enjoy great weather 
  • The Sports Grille is Open
  • Lots of Vendors - Clothing, Paddles and more
  • Please participate in our 50/50 raffle for St. Jude's Children, we need your support 



Saturday, February 23, 2019

An Event Like No Other

Before we get caught up with Duel in the Desert
Lets take a look at this years  2019 Member Tournament




None of which would be possible without our incredible club members, who volunteer for all our club members to have a great time!


The Numbers:
415 Players  Almost as many female players as male players
  44 Brackets
545 Matches Played
244 Medal  Winners
242 USAPA Members  - More than half the players!


547 - Medals Awarded
175 - Gold
196 - Silver
176 - Bronze


The fun continues
Members Pizza Party


As does the love


You will find all the photos under Club Club Photos 2015-2019

Under Tournament Information you will find a completer list of this years medal winners


Next Weekend - Duel in the Desert

Let Freedom Fly




Sunday, February 17, 2019

February Monthly Meeting

Wow - A record breaking meeting!
  • Largest member attendance
  • Multiple Candidates ran for open board positions
  • 351 members voted
  • 100 pizza's arrived on time
  • Uneaten pizza was taken our local homeless shelter by David and Sherry W!
  • Announcement was made, club membership once again exceeds 1,000!

Congratulations!!!
to our newly elected board members

President
Bill Wise

Vice President
George McCulley

Secretary
Dawn Vaughan

Member at Large
Bob Bonack

Member at Large
Cheryl Flynn


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Meet the Candidates

Do not miss your opportunity to meet the candidates Wednesday 2-13-19  from 3PM - 4PM in the ballroom. 
Elections to follow. 
 After the General Meeting 
 pizza to be served for those who have signed up on SUG.

Bill Wise Running for President
Bill is our current Vice President

Dean Lanes Running for President



George McCulley Running for Vice President

Bev Pratt Running for Vice President
Dawn Vaughan Running for Secretary

Bob Bonack Running for Member at Large

Bert Carreau Running for Member at Large

Cheryl Flynn Running for Member at Large

Biographies from the Candidates are listed under Club Information

Sunday, February 3, 2019

 We reflect on the loss of a  friend and neighbor
Bonita (Bonnie) Morgan
1943-2019

In our early days of pickleball, there was tension between the pickleball and tennis clubs. (Tennis was not happy losing courts to pickleball.)  This was not a problem for Bonnie, she loved sports and was one of the first to cross the aisle to enjoy both pickleball and tennis! We then learned Bonnie played Golf.  What else you may ask, well she was a 6AM regular with Dave at the Gym. No surprise that Bonnie also skied, played softball on a women's team and enjoyed volleyball. When not on land, she loved sailing, fishing, and crabbing! This explains her competitive spirit which resulted in winning "Many" medals!. 

If this were not enough, Bonita was a model in our annual fashion show and would walk the runway as if this is what she did everyday!  When she had shoulder surgery a few years back her arm was in a brace, this did not stop her from being behind the scenes helping with the show and the girls who were modeling.  As she enjoyed sports and other activities, she equally enjoyed being a giving person and volunteering. 

Minister Bob Tasler, both friend, and neighbor to the Morgan's led the memorial service in prayer, and song his words filled with warmth and caring. Very close friends joined in the eulogy.  It is estimated that nearly 200 neighbors and friends were in attendance, as a testament to how Bonita had touched our lives
Words are few, thoughts are deep
Memories of you we will always keep