There are many ways to participate in pickleball tournaments. Our PCPB Club offers several different opportunities for our members to participate at their Club rating level. These tournaments include our annual Club Championship, Final Four, and a Club sponsored USA Pickleball (formerly USAPA) Tournament. Each event offers Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed divisions by rating.
In addition, USA Pickleball and SSIPA (Super Senior International Pickleball Association) tournaments can be viewed via the links below. You must pay an annual membership fee to these organizations to be eligible to play in these tournaments.
Upcoming PebbleCreek Pickleball Tournaments
Winners of the Final4 Mixed, November 10, 2021
Gold – Vicki and Dean Samuelson
Silver – Shelley Coate and Mike Jordan
Bronze – Linda Dobbie and Joe Gruenwald
Gold – Christine and James Jimenez
Silver – Brenda Minor and Bill Cagle
Bronze – Val and Marty Braden
Gold – David and Georgia Graeff
Silver – Katie Claypool and Ron Nelson
Bronze – Joanne Biddix and Guy DeCosterd
Gold – Kit and Darryl May
Silver – Laura Leno and Byron Monahan
Bronze – Barbara Wellington and Tony Alvarez
Gold – Peggy and Burt Geiger
Silver – Cindy Finnegan and Tom Dolder
Bronze – Sue Crawford and Richard Spampinato
Gold – Wendy Langhals and Scott Stewart
Silver – Linda and Tony Von Son
Bronze – Jane and Bill Wood
Gold – Renee and Rod Ellison
Silver – Renee Salko and Jeff Gauvin
Bronze – Karyn Barbe and Mark Baltes
Gold – Tina Marie Foster and Steven Schaefer
Silver – Barb Wise and Joe Slocum
Bronze – Terri Reed and Jonathan Colter
Gold – Lisa Milbrath and Bobby Czajkowski
Silver – Andrea Dilger and Tony Wells
Bronze – Jo Comstock and Steve Manns
Pebble Creek Pickleball Club at Monster Smash!
In “The Goonies,” Mikey reminds Andy that “Goonies never say die” seconds before Andy sends her jacket up Troy’s bucket, effectively becoming a Goonie.
This concept applied on Halloween weekend at “Monster Smash”, run by the Surprise Pickleball Association at Surprise Community Park outside of Phoenix. The four-day event hosted 507 players, including four dozen members of the Pebble Creek Pickleball Club and those with close ties to the club watching or playing in the tournament. PCPB is one of the largest pickleball clubs in the world, with 1,427 pickleball-crazed members.
We pursued a treasure hunt of medals through unrelenting brackets. Did we find treasure?
3.5 medalists across Men’s, Women’s and Mixed play were Linda Tompkins, Debbie Ginsberg, Tammy Dana-Bashian, Millie Enzler, Jeff Gauvin and Mark Baltes. Sue Johnson and Jim Farley medaled in 4.0. Jo Comstock, Kari Rambo, Wade Johnson, Keith West, and Scot Johnson medaled in 4.5. In 5.0 play, Lisa Milbrath, Cyn Armstrong, Jim Barbe, Greg Whitfield, Lyla Reibel and Wade Johnson all medaled.
A weekend theme emerged among Pebble Creek Pickleball Club players and fans: “Creekers never say die.” It was common for a dozen Pebble Creek Pickleball Club members to cheer fellow competitors, regardless of the score. This is an underrated aspect of tournament play, the shared experience. Support matters! Many teams overcame large deficits, rallying to make scores close or to pull off unlikely wins, aided by the support of fellow Creekers.
We had so much fun!
If you have an opportunity to play in a local pickleball tournament, please do so. Or join us in Pebble Creek in February for our annual tournament via pickleballtournaments.com. We’d love to share our community with you.
Arizona Pickleball Players League
There has kind of been this mystery around better members playing off campus in Surprise and here we reveal the mystery and details with the masses!
What is great about this league is that 2.5’s and up can gather their peeps and make a team! You have to bring 6 to play but can have as many as 12. Teams frequently have more so that they can rotate, schedule for players being hurt or traveling, etc. It’s from January - March, 2022. Registration opens September 1, 2021 so start forming your teams soon. There are typically 8-12 matches during the season.
It would be great to see a lot of PC teams go to Surprise and partake! It would even open our overflowing courts during those busy months.
Pickleball Roundup in Surprise
Congratulations to the following Creekers who placed in the Pickleball Roundup in Surprise this week:
Phil Duran & David Kremsdorf - Bronze, 3.0, 70+
Renee Ellison & Reese Hass - Bronze, 3.5, 50-59
Sue Johnson & Jim Farley - Silver, 4.0, 70+
Sue Johnson & Liz Kozlowski - Silver, 4.0, 70+
Results From the New Mexico Open
Kevin Hillstrom, Pebble Creek Pickleball Club
In the old days Manifest Destiny drove the pioneers west, along what became known as Route 66. In modern times, Pickleball Destiny drove a hardy group of paddle pioneers east along I-40, motoring 459 miles to Albuquerque for the inaugural New Mexico Open on Labor Day Weekend.
On a glorious ninety-degree sun-soaked weekend Wendy Langhals, Jeff Antrican, Tori Benz-Hillstrom, Gary Bertolet and Kevin Hillstrom joined fellow creekers and summer Albuquerque residents Barb Wellington and Greg Wellington for competition among more than three hundred participants. Originally sanctioned as a PPA event, there were no UTPR ratings points on the line, freeing the competitors to battle unfettered.
As luck would have it, Tori and Wendy faced Barb Wellington and her partner Nancy Lesicka in the opportunity bracket on Women’s Doubles Day on Friday. The match went to Wellington/Lesicka, but the fellowship of the match led to a wonderful dinner hosted at the Wellington residence. We so enjoyed the mesas, the view of the Rio Grande River in the distance, and a rainbow hovering near a monsoon thundershower to the east.
Saturday was mixed doubles day. Jeff and Wendy stumbled out of the gate in a twenty-two team bracket. Dropping into the opportunity bracket turned out to be a blessing, as the pair blasted their way through the bracket with 15-12, 15-11, 15-12 and 17-15 victories before ending their run with a 15-13 loss and a fifth-place finish. Fifth place! Out of 22 entries in 3.5 50+. Wow!
Greg and Barb Wellington won two games in the 4.0 50+ bracket before finishing in fifth place.
Kevin and Tori won Gold in 3.0 50+, surviving fourteen games including seven against the same opponent, losing to the silver medal winners in the winners bracket in three games, beating the silver medal winners in three games in the gold medal match, and then winning the race to fifteen for the title. Here are my thoughts as the day progressed.
9:00am: I feel like I am in tip-top physical condition. Best shape of my life.
10:17am: I could play all day I feel so good.
11:33am: We may never lose a game in this tournament.
12:29pm: It’s getting hot out here.
12:10pm: The water at this tournament is REALLY COLD!
12:44pm: I HATE LOSING.
1:18pm: Where’s the food truck? Why isn’t there a food truck??
1:50pm: Maybe there is something to this altitude thing.
2:18pm: I hope the tournament organizers give us a few extra minutes of rest.
2:21pm: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, YOUR GOLD MEDAL MATCH IS ON COURT FOUR.
2:40pm: After losing the first game, the realization that we still need to score 37 points to win the title crosses my mind.
2:59pm: I need to lose 10 pounds when I get home.
3:16pm: I need to lose 20 pounds when I get home.
3:18pm: The water at this tournament is REALLY COLD.
3:20pm: I am absolutely energized by the COLD water!
3:24pm: I need to lose 30 pounds when I get home.
3:39pm: Why are my shoulders and arms so heavy?
4:01pm: WE DID IT! WE DID IT! GOLD.
4:02pm: Stretcher, please.
Sunday was Men’s Doubles day. Jeff and Kevin won three of the six games they played, but had the misfortune of being paired against the teams that finished 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in the tournament out of 15 entries. Greg Wellington and Pick Pickard won Silver in 4.5/5.0 50+ (that’s quite an accomplishment, folks), and creeker Gary Bertolet won Bronze in 4.0 50+ partnering with Scott Spaulding.
Greg Wellington wrapped up Men’s Singles Day on Monday with a Silver medal in Mens 4.0 50+.
While winning a medal is fun, you play tournaments for the fellowship and fun. Don and Margaret Siegel (and their team) ran an efficient, crisp, organized tournament that was enjoyable for all who participated. Consider playing in a tournament in the Valley this Fall, Winter, or Spring, and join in on the fun!!
For those of you wondering, this is what is called “poaching."