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Pickleball Association hosts inaugural tourney at Dick Samp Park

By CHELSEA CURTIS TODAY’S NEWS-HERALD

People from Havasu, Bullhead City and even San Diego gathered to participate in a new athletic tournament.

The Lake Havasu City Pickleball Association hosted its inaugural tournament at Dick Samp Park over the weekend, bringing together a total of 96 players for men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles matches at the new courts.

“Everything went very smoothly and everyone was very supportive,” said Suzanne Wheeler, tournament director.

The association organized the event as a way to raise money for seating, sunshades and windscreens at the new courts that opened a week before its ribbon cutting ceremony on March 1, during which City Council members were present, said David Rossing, president of the association.

“The courts are absolutely perfect, the surface is so easy to play on; it couldn’t be better,” said Wheeler, a three-year LHCPA member.

The tournament was open to public participation, with costs of $20 for LHCPA members and $25 for non-members.

“It’s part of our fundraising efforts to improve the courts,” said Rossing.

Pickleball is played on a badminton-sized court during which a ball – similar to a whiffle ball – must bounce once on the floor before a volley is allowed, explained Rossing. The first side to score 11 points and is leading by two points wins the match, and the first to win two of three matches wins, he added.

“It appeals to the older set because we don’t have to run as far and it’s pretty easy to play, but it’s always growing in youth sports as well,” said Rossing, a four-year pickleball athlete.

Anyone interested in becoming a LHCPA member can apply at www.lakehavasupickleball.com.

See the results list by clicking HERE

Winners in the 2017 LHCPBA Tournament

Almost all photos taken by Eric Swiech.

Metal winners are below. You can see the large selection of photo’s by following the links(s) below.

Mens Doubles Images

Womens Doubles Images

Mixed Doubles Images

Friday, March 3, Men’s doubles

3.0

Gold – John Hill and Rich Zacharias

Silver – Mark Braatz and Doug Strosnider

Bronze – Gary Cyr and Jerry Moen

3.5

Gold – Scott Fanning and Garth Torwalt

Silver – Doug Carr and Eric Swiech

Bronze – Dean Koskela and Bob Gresham

4.0+

Gold – Tom Morrison and David Alexander

Silver – Charles Essex and Bob Vorhees

Bronze – Mike Christensen and Greg Howard

Saturday, March 4, Women’s doubles

3.0

Gold – Linda Daigan and Cindy Dultz

Silver – Debi Hill and Peggy Williams

Bronze – Pat Killoch and Carol Zahourek

3.5

Gold – Liz Eiland and Wanda Strosnider

Silver – Karen Bravo and Belinda Carlson

Bronze – Kathy Covert and Cindy Fedie

4.0+

Gold – Clara Dykema and Karin Sobotta

Silver – Robin Feasel and Polly Grimshaw

Bronze – Linda Brokaw and Shanna Williamson

Sunday, March 5, Mixed doubles

3.0

Gold – Debi Hill and John Hill

Silver – Peggy Williams and Richard Zacharias

Bronze – Linda Daigan and John Sinclair

3.5

Gold – Wanda Strosnider and Lance Roberts

Silver – Kathy Covert and Greg Howard

Bronze – Clara Dykema and Dean Koskela

4.0+

Gold – Shanna Williamson and Tom Morrison

Silver – Linda Brokaw and Jack Blankenbaker

Bronze – Karin Sobotta and Mike Christensen