HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all our super amazing mothers !!! We hope your day is filled with great pleasure and happiness and that you’re shown all the love and appreciation you so richly deserve !!
1) Joan and I attended the Minto U.S Open Pickleball Championships held in Naples, FL April 24th - 30th. It’s a week-long event and we were VIP Patron Package holders again and had ringside seats for all the pro medal matches plus many other pro matches leading up to the medal matches. There were pro matches being played on center court every day, one after the other, which included most of the world’s greatest players. It’s an experience like no other and the level of play from the elite pros is astounding, both from the women and the men !! The extremely high levels of skill and athleticism defy the imagination. You don’t have to go to Naples, FL to see the pros in live action, there’s a PPA Atlanta Open coming up 05/18 - 05/22 in Peachtree Corners, GA (Atlanta Open).
2) Registration for our Happy Together tournament closes tomorrow. Go over to the following link and get registered !!
3) Dinko De Mayo in celebration of Cinco De Mayo. We had 24 players. The final 4 were Wil Wynne, John Hall, Reid Trimble, and Patsy Galfas. John Hall and Wil Wynne were the overall Dinko Champions based on total points after the dink-off.
Thanks to Mary Lynn Miller, Kim Trimble, Tresha McClure, Darla Ward, Felicity Moss and Beth McCoy for helping run the event.
4) There’s a new tournament happening in Ellijay, GA July 15th and 16th. This will be their first tournament and they’re calling it the “Apple Capital Paddle Battle” (say that fast 3 times !!). This will be an indoor tournament and will benefit the Joy House and summer camp scholarships for kids at the Victory Christian Center. Let’s help them get off to a good start !!
Paddle Battle Registration
The Clay County, NC Rec. Dept. has initiated a new policy concerning playing pickleball on their indoor and outdoor courts. As of now, current membership is required to play pickleball inside AND outside. They do, however, have named Tuesday Community Day, whereby players not members may come and play for free.
NATIONAL PICKLEBALL HAPPENINGS:
Indoor pickleball is taking over shopping centers nationwide !!
1) Here are the before and after photos of a Bed, Bath & Beyond store in Logan, UT. Ceilings a little low, but, several nice courts otherwise.
2) In late March at the GA Ambassador’s Retreat in Macon, GA, the Ambassadors met with Macon-Bibb County Mayor Lester Miller at the Macon Mall and he shared with them his vision of building 32 indoor courts within the mall complex. When completed, along with the pickleball courts, there will be eateries, offices, shops, and a major chain hotel. The plan is to raise the ceilings and put more courts on the second floor. The funding will come from using some of the property for county/city offices, retail, and restaurant space. Amazing !!
The winners of the Trivia Test last week were Cathy and Larry Dietsch !! They identified all the country flags correctly and were awarded the prestigious “Pickleball Rocks” magnet that they will proudly display on their vehicle. Congratulations to Cathy and Larry !!
Steve Dawson (owner of Bobby Riggs Racket and Paddle in Encinitas, CA and one of the top ranked senior players) is offering 22 days of free pickleball tips and drills. These helpful hints and tips are pretty basic (uncomplicated), but, many times those types are the most effective.
Steve Dawson Drills
That’s a wrap for this time. Looks like a good weather week coming up. See you on the courts !!
Playing Schedule this Week:
Go to our web page for the all the daily times for the week at all the venues in Towns, Clay, White and Rabun counties.