October 22, 2017

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Congratulations to our IronOaks Tournament Winners!


Sun Lakes Pickleball Club IronOaks (SLPCIO) congratulates our winners of local and national tournaments. We are proud of their accomplishments and to have them as part of our club!


The Marriott Desert Ridge Holiday Classic in Phoenix was held 12/01/17 thru  12/03/17. Our own Steve Smitham, together with partner Terry Cullen, of Sun City, won the Gold Medal in the 65+ 4.0 Men's Doubles. Steve and partner Janice Golden from Cottonwood won the Gold Medal in the 65+ 4.0 Mixed Doubles.


2017 USAPA Nationals Championships were just held in Casa Grande, AZ at the Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort. This facility boasts 32 beautiful courts and brings in the best of the best from all over the country.  Palm Creek is located approx. 45 minutes south of downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Our own Steve Smitham was a Bronze Medal winner in the 4.0 Men's Doubles and Bev Krueger took home both Bronze and Silver medals for her efforts at the Nationals!


SPA Super Senior 65+, El Mirage, AZ - Tom Dawson and Steve Smitham partnered to take the Silver medal in this tournament, with both of their losses in the double elimination format being at the hands of the team that took the Gold medal.  Interestingly, this tournament was the last 4.0 event for the Gold medal winners before moving up to 4.5 tournament play.


SPA Monster Smash Tournament, Surprise, AZ - Steve Smitham partnered for the first time with Dave Moore from Sun City to take the Silver medal.  During the day, Steve and Dave came back from being behind 9-1, 9-1 and 10-6 to win various matches leading up to the Gold medal match where they fell short by a score of 16-14.


Mike Kovalchik and Merlin Landwehr won the bronze in their first USAPA Men's Doubles 3.0 tournament. In Merlin’s words, it was “good games, a good partner, and good fun.”


Brenda Lee and Mike Kovalchik, husband & wife team, won the Gold in Mixed Doubles 3.0. This was their first USAPA sanctioned tournament. They stayed in the winner's bracket and didn't lose a match. Brenda said “It was a long day with a bracket of 10 teams. We started at 2pm and finished around 8pm but it was all worth it!”


Again, congratulations to these winners! Keep up the great play!


Click on the image gallery to see the names of participants.







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