November 2017: Albuquerque Senior Affairs Meet & Compete Pickleball Tournament
November 2017: All Venue Challenge
October 2017: Dinkathon!
October 2017: Ancient City Pickleball Tournament, Santa Fe
September 2017: New Mexico Games Pickleball Tournament
September 2017: “Beat the Heat” Pickleball Tournament – Angel Fire
August 2017: Billy the Kid SSIPA ShootOut (Ruidoso)
August 2017: Following the Ruidoso SSIPA Tournament – Joey Farias – 5.0 Pro – Clinics & Lessons
July 2017: Denver Pickleball Classic: Super Senior Circuit Even
August 2017: Santa Fe Pickleball Tournament – CANCELLED July 2017: NM Senior Olympics Pickleball Tournament
June 2017: Durango Pickleball Tournament
June 2017: Ruidoso Pickleball Championships
June 2017: National Senior Games Pickleball, Birmingham, AL
June 2017: Manzano Mesa Pickleball Courts Inaugural Mini-Tournament
April 2017: The Great Venue Faceoff
April 2017: ABQ 50+ Games Senior Olympics (Age)
April 2017: DSA Spring Fling (Skill-Level Tournament)
April 2017: Gunnison Pickleball Fundraiser Tournament
March 2017: Farewell-to-Los-Altos Tournament
February 11 2017: Ladder Tournament
January 21-22,2017: Mini-Tournament
Aug 26,2016: Dinkathon III
Aug 12-14,2016: Angel Fire – Beat the Heat Tournament
Aug 5-7,2016: City Different Pickleball Tournament
July 23,2016: Mini-Tournament
July 13-16: NM Senior Olympics
June 10-12,2016: 3rd Annual Ruidoso Pickleball Tournament
June 3-5,2016 ABQ Compete & Meet
2016 Las Cruces Pickleball Tournament
April 9,2016 Pickleball Fiesta
Senior Olympic Qualifier 2016
ABQ Compete & Meet
October 2015 Mini-Tournament
2015 NM Games
2015 Durango Tournament
2015 National Senior Games
2015 Ruidoso Pickleball Championships
2015 NM Senior Olympics
Long Time Ago Tournaments
November 18-19, 2017: Albuquerque Senior Affairs Meet & Compete Pickleball Tournament
We wish to thank the many people who volunteered to work at the desk, reffing, brought food and helped so much in running the tournament. It couldn’t have been done without them. Congrats to all the players for a very competitive tournament with many long matches. The medal winners are:
3.0 Gold: Susan Bair/Myra Rogan
Silver: Myrna Beniash, Priscilla Becenti
Bronze: Kathy Baca/Debbie Monceballez
3.5 Gold: M’Lee Beazly/Jamie Garcia
Silver: Carmen Montoya/Loretta Cordova
Bronze: Adeline Apodaca/Nancy Lesicka
3.0 Gold: TJ Janet/Ludwig Hill
3.5 Gold: Brian Renvall/Todd Hassan
Silver: Guy Burkeen/Joe Walcher
Bronze: Bob Ashmore/Ron Cavalier
4.0Gold: Mike Wilson/Tony Teague
Silver: Greg Doose/Andrew Doose
Bronze: Gopal Rao/Rorik Rivenburgh
3.0 Gold: Myra Rogan/James Jordan
Silver: Susan Bair/Dan Neifert
3.5: Gold: Nancy Lesicka/John Yip
Silver: Felix Rodriguez/Jamie Garcia
Bronze: Peter Chang/Carmen Montoya
4.0 Gold: Melissa Clayton/Mike Nava
Silver: Ron Farmer/Kelly Hennessey
Bronze: Shawn Campbell/Gary Rutherford
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November 2017: All Venue Challenge
Thank you one & all for participating in our second All Venue Challenge. Represented were Cesar Chavez CC, Los Vecinos CC, Manzano Mesa CC, Raymond G Sanchez CC, Sandia Prep, Paradise Hills CC, and Wells Park CC.
Congratulations Cesar Chavez Team Members M’Lee B, Jamie G, Dennis G & Chowdee T for winning the All Venue Trophy! I’m sure Cesar Chavez Community Center will be happy to display it for all to see. See the complete results here.
These Venues participated in this fun tournament to get together & reacquaint ourselves with old friends and meet new players from other venues as well. A little “friendly” competition was the order of the day. There were also those people from different venues who came out to cheer on their friends and we appreciated them coming out as well. It made for an exciting morning.
We also took this opportunity to give some “Real Game” experience to new & newer Referees. Thank you first timers Rich B, Elaine H, Myrna B, John Y, Ken L and Jim C for jumping in to help and learn. Also there to Ref and help were Anthony & John K who helped out & kept everyone in line! You all did a great job and the players were very happy to have you on the Courts! Also a big THANK YOU to Joe & Linda M for coming out to organize and help train the new referees.
Thanks to Gary R for getting us the time to do all this and Dale R & Isabel C for helping me keep things straight at the desk. Looking forward to the next Challenge, Nancy L.
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October 24 2017: Dinkathon!
As all players know, dink shots are critical to good pickleball play. The ABQ Pickleball Club is having its next Dinkathon at Cesar Chavez Community Center on October 24th from 10:30-12:30. This is a dink tournament in a ladder format. You will be changing partners throughout. There is no charge. The tournament is free, but any contributions are appreciated.
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Ancient City Pickleball Tournament, Santa Fe Tennis & Swim Club
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NEW MEXICO GAMES PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT SEPTEMBER 22 through 24, 2017
Fun and Play at the new Manzano Mesa Pickleball Courts in Albuquerque. Lots of play, shirts, tote bags, medals. Results here..
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“Beat the Heat” Pickleball Tournament: Angel Fire September 2017
We are happy to announce the second annual Angel Fire Pickleball Tournament hosted by Angel Fire Pickleball Club and Angel Fire Resort to be played at the Angel Fire Resort tennis courts September 15-17, 2017.
USAPA Ambassador for Angel Fire,NM
President of Angel Fire Pickleball Club
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August 21-23, 2017: Billy the Kid SSIPA ShootOut (Ruidoso)
This is the first year for the Billy the Kid SSIPA Shootout in Ruidoso, NM on August 21-23, 2017.
SSIPA stands for Super Senior International Pickleball Association.
This organization was formed in January 2017 to showcase the pickleball players in the 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+ & 80+ age groups that sometimes get lost in the younger age groups at a tournament.
The philosophy of the association is that no age group will be combined with another age group.
(If there is only one entry in an age group they will be contacted to receive a refund or they could choose to play in a lower age group if they want to)
USAPA Ambassador – Ruidoso Pickleball Club
Following the Ruidoso SSIPA Tournament – Joey Farias – 5.0 Pro – Clinics & Lessons – August 24th, 25th & 26th
Don’t miss this opportunity to get into a clinic or private lesson with one of our sports top professionals. Joey Farias is coming to Ruidoso. We have dovetailed this with the SSIPA Tournament.
USAPA Ambassador – Ruidoso Pickleball Club
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July 18-20, 2017: Denver Pickleball Classic: Super Senior Circuit Event
AGE GROUP/SKILL LEVEL TOURNAMENT 60+
Age groups will be 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80+ All skill levels with at least 3 teams of same age will play their own skill level. If not enough entrants at various skill levels within age, they may be combined by the Tournament Director.
Tuesday – July 18th: Women’s Singles/ Men’s Doubles
Wednesday – July 19th: Men’s Singles/ Women’s Doubles
Thursday – July 20th: Mixed Doubles
– Minimum Age is 60 as of 12-31-17
– Registration Starts: 03/16/17 – http://www.pickleballtournaments.com
– Sanctioned Tournament – Referees for all matches
– USAPA and SSIPA membership required to play in this sanctioned USAPA and
SSIPA circuit event. A one tournament temporary SSIPA membership is available
during registration for $5.00 or see SSIPA web page for other membership options.
– Registration – $30.00 plus $10.00 for each event entered plus referee fee.
– Play at Cornerstone Park – Littleton – Six (6) Courts – Paddletek P7 Ball
Contact Tournament Director: Tim Kuss – firstname.lastname@example.org – 303-346-7209
or Marc Rinehart – email@example.com – 720-987-8929
August 4-6, 2017: Santa Fe Pickleball Tournament – CANCELLED
The Santa Fe Pickleball Tournament scheduled for August 4-6, 2017 has been cancelled due to staffing issues at GCCC.
July 19-21, 2017: NM Senior Olympics Pickleball Tournament
The 2017 NM Senior Olympics pickleball tournament was held at the new Manzano Mesa Pickleball Courts in Albuquerque on June 19-21. What a fun tournament (even though it was pretty HOT and a little windy)! The tournament was coordinated by the ABQ Pickleball Club with the expert guidance of Executive Team members Gary, Gretchen, Joyce, Penny F., and John, along with many volunteer assistants and referees. Lots of great competition and terrific matches. Participants came from all over New Mexico, including Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Angel Fire, Ruidoso, Gallup, Clovis, Mountainair, Espanola, Jemez Springs, Las Cruces, Tijeras, Taos, Tierra Amarilla, Sandia Park, Bernalillo, Los Lunas, Belen, Farmington, and Los Alamos as well as Tucson AZ, Pagosa Springs CO, and Tulsa OK! Many thanks to all for a great tournament experience! Results will be available at http://nmseniorolympics.org/category/records-results/.
Click here for more pictures!
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June 24-25, 2017: Durango Pickleball Tournament
Contact: Chris Clements, Durango Parks and Recreation, 2700 Main Ave., Durango, CO 81301
Chris.Clements@DurangoGov.org • FAX (970) 375-7337 • Office (970) 375-7324
June 16-18, 2017: Ruidoso Pickleball Championships
Registration opened on March 1st.
Venue: White Mountain Courts – 685 Hull Road – Ruidoso, NM 88345
This is a USAPA Sanctioned event (USAPA Membership Required)
Register at – www.pickleballtournaments.com
Contact: Patrick Quist-Ambassador (575) 520-8914 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Marketing/Sponsorship: Eileen Owensby / email@example.com
Tournament Director: Leanne Smith
Head Referee: Stephen Morris
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June 2017: National Senior Games Pickleball, Birmingham, AL
New Mexico was well represented in pickleball at the National Senior Games in Birmingham, with participants from Albuquerque and ABQ Pickleball Club, Ruidoso, Angel Fire, Las Cruces, and Navajo.
One 2017 Pickleball National Champion is from Albuquerque: Richard (Dick) Harrison won Gold in the 90-94 age group! Congratulations, Dick! Well done!
June 3, 2017 Manzano Mesa Pickleball Courts Mini-Tournament
Thanks to all who came and played in the inaugural Manzano Mesa Courts mini-tournament at Manzano Mesa on June 3, and thanks too to those who brought folks to learn pickleball at the open house. The courts were filled to capacity, and there were many who came to learn and watch. Special thanks to Penny, Joe and Linda, John K., Steven P., Staci T., Jim F. and those who helped with the training of the new people who arrived. Extra thanks to Chowdee for all his work with scoring and tournament organization. Congrats to the tournament champs! Virtual medals go to:
Gold: Ray C.
Silver: Carlos M.
Bronze: Mike W.
Copper: Josh T.
Turquoise: Jean H.
“The Great Venue Faceoff” for April 2017 is over. The participating venues, with two teams each, were: Cesar Chavez, Raymond G Sanchez, Paradise Hills, Los Vecinos, Los Duranes, Manzano Mesa and Sandia Prep. There was a LOT of tremendous competition, and a big crowd of spectators made it even more fun.
After several hours of intense play, with each team playing a team from each other venue, the victors and continuing holders of the Venue Faceoff traveling trophy were the teams from Raymond G Sanchez (Pearl, Nancy, John and Jim). Congratulations!
Los Vecinos took second and Cesar Chavez took third in a close one just barely squeezing by Sandia Prep based on points scored.
April 20-21, 2017: ABQ 50+ Games Senior Olympics (Age)
April 22-23, 2017: DSA Spring Fling (Skill-Level Tournament)
Partnering with City of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs, the ABQ Pickleball Club had wonderfully successful pickleball tournaments, April 20-23, 2017.
Congratulations to all the players, workers and spectators for a fun tournament at Ventana Ranch. Thanks to all who made the tournament well run and enjoyable (apologies to any I miss naming): Dale Reynolds with communications/website; Gretchen, Penny, Nancy S., Joyce and Sally who ran the desk announcements and kept everything running smoothly; Ken who provided the audio equipment; Felix and the many others who provided food for all; Josh, John K., John C., Dennis G., Rick Hooker, Gopal, and the others who helped setup and takedown and the many (including those mentioned previously) who helped by reffing including Tony T., Ron F., Steve P., Belinda, Joe A., Joe M., Kathy B., Lou and Sandy, Dennis P., Nancy K. Mike W., Marcos, Ram, Ruth, Margie, Jamie, Melody and Frank. The links provided show the medal winners for both tournaments.
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April 8-9, 2017 Gunnison Pickleball Fundraiser Tournament
It is that time of year again and we are excited to host the start of the Western Slope Pickleball Tournament Series for 2017.
Click here for the following documents:
Tournament details sheet
Rec Center Release Waiver
Great venues, great players, and great food all make this a really neat pickleball event.
If you missed us last year we hope you will come this year. If you were here last year we really want you back again.
This year is special to us because it is our best chance to raise funds toward the grant for a new 5 outdoor pickleball court complex in Gunnison. We hope to have the courts constructed this summer.
There will be 4 divisions again this year: 3.0 and below, 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5 and above.
Last year we had great competitiveness in all divisions. Some more 4.5 and above players would add more balance to that division so we hope the 4.5 and up players will return and encourage other players to come as well.
If you have questions please call.
March 18, 2017: Farewell-to-Los-Altos Tournament
Thanks to all who attended the March 18 “Farewell to Los Altos” Tournament. We apologize to those who couldn’t register because it was filled to capacity. Special thanks to the many who brought food, cleaned Los Altos, and helped with the equipment set up and take down. There were a lot of close games and the final standings were very close. Based on total points the following virtual medals are awarded:
Gold: Mike Wilson/Tony Teague
Silver: Albert Chavez/Ram Pereyra
Bronze: Jan Morris/M’Lee Beazley
Note: There were 4 teams within 5 points of the bronze winner.
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February 11, 2017: Ladder Tournament
Thanks to all who participated in the feb 11 mini tournament. My ability as weatherman was questionable, as it turned out to be the warmest day in February with no wind, but we had already moved the tournament. Unfortunately, we had to limit players due to limited facilities, and admitted players in the order of registration. Special thanks to Ruth for organizing the facility and providing food, and Jim F., Loretta M., Chowdee T. for all their work setting everything up.
Great play by all. Special recognition to those who had the best winning percentage (note: we may use total points next time):
10-12 pool: Gold: Mike W.
Silver (tie): Joyce, Ram, Tony, Rorik, Richard L., Josh, Cynthia
Bronze (tie): John C., Marcos, Gretchen, Jim G.
1230-230 pool: Gold: Ray C.
Silver: Gail G.
Bronze (tie): James J., Nancy S., Ron F. Jim C., Linda M., Jean H.
Here is a video from the tournament. Click here for more.
January 21-22, 2017: Mini-Tournament
Thanks to all who came and played or watched the minitournament on January 21st and 22nd, 2017. We had 16 play at the 4.0+ skill level, 32 at the 3.5 skill level, and 14 at the 2.5/3.0 skill level. There were a lot of long matches and excellent play. Winners of the virtual medals were:
3.5 (Sandia Prep)
Also, thanks to all who helped to organize, setup and otherwise facilitate the tournament (special thanks to Felix who kept Roosevelt supplied with excellent food).
In coordination with Albuquerque Parks and Recreation and NM games, the ABQ Pickleball Club is pleased to have held another USAPA-sanctioned tournament on September 23-25. Go to pickleballtournaments.com for complete results. Congratulations to all players, refs, volunteers, tournament officials, and spectators for a great tournament. Thankfully, the weather decided to cooperate!
Lots more pictures at shutterfly!
The third dink tournament took place at Cesar Chavez at 830 on August 26 (followed by regular pickleball). We had another great turnout for Dinkathon III with 35 players engaged over a three hour period. Congrats to all who played, there was a lot of good dinking.
Click here for the Angel Fire – Beat the Heat Tournament flyer.
The 1st City Different Pickleball Tournament was held August 5-7, 2016 in Santa Fe, NM.
Thanks to all for a great tournament!
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Thanks to those who were not intimidated by the hottest day in July this year and played in the July 23 minitournament (ladder). There were 49 players and approximately 20 onlookers (some of which were freeloaders going after the free food). Congrats to all who played. The winners, taking home virtual medals, were:
3.0 Avis Taylor -gold
Judy Menefree (Silver City)- silver
Mark Reynolds- bronze
3.5 Rorik Rivenburgh -gold
Candace Mead (Silver City)-silver
4.0 Michael Wilson-gold
4.5 Chris Wolfe-gold
The pickleball competition at the NM Senior Olympics was held July 13 – 16, 2016 in Roswell, NM. Athletes from around New Mexico competed in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. This is a qualifying year for the National Senior Games to be held in Birmingham, AL in 2017. Congratulations to all the participants, the volunteers, and all the hardy souls who came out to support the athletes.
Click here to view more pictures. If you have pictures of the event you would like to post and you are or want to be a member of shutterfly, feel free to upload them or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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3rd Annual Ruidoso Pickleball Tournament
Registration has begun for the 3rd annual Pickleball Tournament in Ruidoso, June 10-12. Below is a link to the information. Registration will be online only. Grab a partner or fly single and head to the mountains and lets have some fun. Pickleball in Paradise.
Just as a reminder, the proceeds of the tournament go to Ruidoso Parks and Rec in to an allocated fund for dedicated pickleball courts. You are not only going to have a fun weekend but you will be contributing to a worthy cause.
Hope to see a lot of happy faces!!
June 3-5 ABQ Compete & Meet
ABQ Pickleball Club, partnering with Albuquerque Senior Affairs, has completed the second Compete and Meet Tournament of the year. Congratulations to all the players, workers and spectators for a successful tournament on June 305, 2016 at Ventana Ranch. Special thanks to all that helped with the tournament, Dale Reynolds with communications/website, Gretchen Denman and Nabil Merhi for putting on a referee clinic at Los Altos 2 days before the tournament (28 attendees), Gretchen Denman at the desk and tournament organization, Shirley Johnson at the desk and the many folks who reffed, especially Joe and Linda Martellaro, Bob Ashmore, Joyce Montoya, Joe Almodova, John Kimbrough, John Cordova, Roxanne Pierce, Penny Forgette, Christine Wantuck, Kathy Baca, Mary Allen, Bob Henry, Sara Torres, (apologize to those I missed)-Gary. The medal winners are:
4.0 Gold Liz Armijo/Melissa Clayton
Silver Mandy Miranda/Karen Nesbitt
3.5 Gold Candace Mead/Jamie Garcia
Silver Jamie Elliot/Sherry Rabuck
Bronze Jan Morris/Susan Cohen
3.0 Gold Leanna Quist/Linda Tobkin
Silver Barbara Pronk/Marilyn Chimes
Bronze Mary Hughes/Myra Rogan
5.0 Gold Nabil Merhi/Steve Paull
4.5 Gold Chris Wolfe/Avi Fuerst
4.0 Gold Patrick Quist/Robert Cambell
Silver Michael Wilson/Tony Teague
Bronze John Cordova/Rick Hooker
3.5 Gold Rorik Rivenburgh/Wayne Fink
Silver Bob Ashmore/Ron Cavillier
Bronze Stephen Morris/Mackey Ervin
3.0 Gold Bud Brinkerhoff/Bill Hunt
5.0 Gold Nabil Merhi/Nancy Kane
4.5 Gold Chris Wolfe/Penny Forgette
4.0 Gold Rick Hooker/Joyce Montoya
Silver Rorik Rivenburgh/Liz Armijo
Bronze Tony Teague/Melissa Clayton
3.5 Gold Lawanna Quist/Patrick Quist
Silver Margie Allen/Ron Cavallier
Bronze Betty Asmus/Mackey Ervin
3.0 Gold Bud Brinkerhoff/Debbie Brinkerhoff
2.5 Gold John Danzeiser/Juanita Danzeiser
3.5 Gold Mary Pruess
Silver Melody Childs
3.0 Gold Mary Hughs
Silver Michelle Cid
5.0 Gold Nabil Merhi
4.5 Gold Chris Wolfe
4.0 Gold Robert Cambell
Silver Mike Wilson
Bronze Rick Hooker
3.5 Gold Patrick Quist
Silver Felix Rodriguez
3.0 Gold Rorik Rivenburgh
The 2016 Las Cruces Pickleball Tournament will be held on April 23 &24, 2016. Deadline for registration is April 17th.
We have secured discounted lodging at:
La Quinta Inn
790 Avenida de Mesilla
(575)524-0331 (next to Applebees)
$53.10-$57.50 includes full breakfast
Contact Bob Klass at 303-719-3004 or Klasswear@aol.com for more information.
April 9 Pickleball Fiesta
The Albuquerque Pickleball Club completed the first Mini-tournament of 2016 on 4/9/2016 – The Tournament was done in a ladder style play, combined with a potluck and a general membership meeting/open house. Thanks to all who came, there were over 80 contestants and more than 100 at the event. Special thanks to all who coordinated the tournament, participated, and brought lots of food to the potluck. Because of the tremendous response, we used all of the Los Altos courts, and got in a lot of playing time.
The winners (no cost, so medals are virtual) were as follows:
2.5/3.0 mens gold Bob Landry
silver Felix Rodriguez
bronze John Monceballez
2.5/3.0 womens gold Penny Dever-Reynolds
silver Karen Shoepke
bronze Nancy Lesicka
3.5 mens gold Jeff Mandel
silver Randy Gibson
bronze Lalo Torres
womens gold Staci Towery
silver Jan Morris
bronze Jean Haglund
4.0+ mens gold Michael Wilson
silver Richie Spangler
bronze Avi Fuerst
4.0+ womens gold Penny Forgette
silver Joyce Montoya
bronze Kim Delbecq
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Gunnison is pleased to again be the starting point for the Western Slope Tournament Series.
Our tournament dates are Saturday and Sunday, April 2nd and 3rd.
If you were here last year, we really want you back. If you missed us last year, come to a great kickoff to the tournament season.
We will use 9 courts, 3 at our Rec Center and 6 at Western State Colorado University Field House.
This year we will have the following divisions:
3.0 and below
4.5 and above
All divisions will be gender doubles on Saturday and mixed doubles on Sunday. Adding the 4.5 is a biggie and I truly hope we can fill it. It will add a lot to the tournament series if we can get the participants to fill the brackets. Help us and the entire series by number one, coming and playing in our tournament, plus talking this up to the upper level players so we can better balance the field.
Here are the tournament results for the ABQ Senior Olympic Games. These games are the qualifier for the NM Senior Games in Roswell. Congratulations to all the participants; there were a lot of excellent matches. Special thanks to the many who helped with the tournament-including Dale for all the website work, Gretchen for putting up with my endless changes and doing a great job at the desk, and the many referees who helped out, including John Cordova, Nabil Merhi, Joe and Linda Martellaro, Ray Thomas, Albert Chavez, Joyce Helgeson, Suzi Bemis, Bob Ashmore, Bob Henry, Jim Garrison and Gopal Rao.
Congratulations to both teams for a well played East-West Mini-Tournament; the travelling trophy goes to the East team. The results have been audited, and it is a confirmed win for the East,30 and the West,28. There were over 70 teams in the tournament and a lot of excellent play.
Thanks to all for their participation and special thanks to all the captains, John Cordova, and others for organizing many of the players. Also, thanks to the many who helped referee, cleanup, bring food and man the desk. Special thanks to Mo Wright, Sally, Joyce, Suzi, Joe, Linda, John K, and the many others who worked through both days. The travelling trophy will be presented at the Club general meeting and mini tournament in April.
The top teams in each category for the first East-West Games are posted here.
ABQ Compete & Meet
The ABQ Pickleball Club, partnering with Albuquerque Senior Affairs, has completed the first Compete and Meet Tournament of the year. Congratulations to all the players, workers and spectators for a successful tournament, in spite of wintry weather conditions. The medal winners are:
Mixed 5.0 Gold-Nancy Kane, Nabil Merhi
Mixed 4.5 Gold-Penny Forgette, Chris Wolfe
Mixed 4.0 Gold-Liz Armijo, Alvin Bourke
Silver-Penny Gentile, Ray Thomas
Bronze-Stefanie McDonald, Albert Chavez
Mixed 3.5 Gold-Alia Rieker, Brian Jennison
Silver-Michelle Prien, Phil Martinez
Bronze-Linda Montoya, James Jones
Mixed 3.0 Gold-Mo Wright, John Kimbrough
Silver-Corby Chavez, Robert Chavez
Bronze-Avis Taylor, Bob Henry
Womens 4.0 Gold-Suzie Bemis, Doris Corrales
Silver-Liz Armijo, Melissa Clayton
Bronze-Alia Reiker, Susan Moore
Womens 3.5 Gold-Jan Morris, Susan Cohen
Silver-Candace Meade, Isabel Quinones
Bronze-Pauline Gutierrez, M’lee Beazley
Womens 3.0 Gold-Dale Reynolds, Penny Dever-Reynolds
Silver-Linda Montoya, Marge Allen
Bronze-Racy Bowersox, Corby Chavez
Womens 2.5 Gold-Kathy Baca, Sara Torrez
Silver-Mary Rasmussen, Courtney McBride
Mens 5.0 Gold-Nabil Merhi, Chris Wolfe
Mens 4.5 Gold-Andrew Romero, Robert Hennessey
Silver-Steve Paull, Scott Dixon
Mens 4.0 Gold-John Cordova, Chris Burton
Silver-Ram Pereyra, Gary Rutherford
Bronze-Albert Chavez, Ray Thomas
Mens 3.5 Gold-Bob Paulson, Brian Jennison
Silver-Michael Wilson, Jeff Mandel
Bronze-Fred Grahn, Bob Klass
Mens 3.0 Gold-Cameron Cannady, Gary Rasmussen
Silver-Richard Luna, Larry Leahy
Bronze-Jim Conway, Bob Henry
We would also like to thank Albuquerque Senior Affairs and Gretchen Denman and Gary Rutherford for the organization of the tournament. Many people contributed to refereeing, food, setup and other tournament functions and we wish to thank all of them. Special thanks to those who came from out-of-town and helped so much: Alvin Bourke, Bubba Davis, and Bob Paulson. Also thanks to club members who stayed above and beyond: Bob Ashmore, Gopal Rao, Dale Reynolds, Shirley Johnson, Penny Forgette, Richie Spangler, Nabil Merhi, Ram Pereyra, Scott Dixon, Lisa Espelien, Belinda Pennington, Virgie Henderson, Steve Paull, Tony Teague Sara Torrez, Ray Thomas, Marcos Martinez, John Kimbrough, John Cordova, Joe Martellaro, Joe Almodova. Sorry if I missed anyone. Also thanks to Addie Dixon for her cheerleading and keeping the crowd enthused.
October 2015 Mini-Tournament
Thanks to all who came to the October 10, 2015 mini-tournament (not that mini at 47). Because of the tremendous response, we used all of the Los Altos courts, and got in a lot of playing time. There were 17 in the 2.5/3.0 category, 9 in the 3.5 category and 21 in the 4/4.5 category. -The winners (no cost, so medals are virtual) were as follows:
2.5/3.0 gold Mike Brewer
silver Ed Woodd
bronze Jim Conway
copper Patty Gibson
3.5 gold Anthony Gonzales
silver Gary Burns
bronze John Lopez
copper Joe Almodova
4.0/4.5 gold Andrew Romero
silver Elijah Dee
bronze Rich Peterson
copper Virgie Henderson
Please give us feedback on the tournament, and if you have an interest in working with the tournament committee please let us know.
2015 NM Games
From the ABQ Pickleball Club-Gary Rutherford (NM Games Pickleball Commissioner)
Thanks to the enthusiasm of players for the September 18-20 NM Games (USAPA Sanctioned), it was a great success. There were approximately 130 players, an increase of nearly 20% from last year. The games and ABQ Pickleball Club were advertised in the newspaper and radio. Councilman Lewis attended and gave one of the opening speeches, and Bob Landry was excellent in singing the national anthem. There were participants from Arizona, Colorado and Texas as well as all over New Mexico, including Angel Fire, Ruidoso, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Tierra Amarilla, Farmington, Jemez Springs, Altos,Loa Ojos, Medanales, Silver City and the Greater Albuquerque area. Thanks to the numerous folk who helped referee, setup and cleanup, provided nets, , provided a sound system (Alliance AV), helped the desk and check in, photography, brought in sponsors, provided food and did everything else to make the tournament a success. Special thanks to Gretchen Denman, Nabil Merhi, Rich Spangler, Joyce Montoya-Helgeson, Joe and Linda Martellaro, Bill Burch, Gopal Rao, Gail Gourly, Patty Gibson, Scott Heron, Rosalie Perea, Jim Forgham, John Kimbrough, Ray Thomas, Albert Chavez, Mo and Randy Wright, Anthony Gonzales, Bob Ashmore, Dale Reynolds, Leslie Sedillo, Steve Paull, Penny Forgette, Linda Knight, and all those who put in all the extra hours to make the tournament work.
In addition, We wish to thank our sponsors:
Paddletek via its Albuquerque distributor, Pickleball Pro-Richie Spangler
Shell Rapid Lube
Rising Star Chinese eatery
Here are the results:
2.5 Gold–Mike Jackson Silver–Bill Hunt
3.0 Gold–Michael Wilson Silver–Elijah Dee Bronze–Larry Burke
3.5 Gold–Brian Nystrom Silver–Tony Teague Bronze–Dennis Pollack
4.0 Gold–Alex Potapoff Silver–Randy Chilton Bronze–Scott Dixon
4.5 Gold–Richie Spangler Silver–Chris Wolfe Bronze–Andrew Romero
5.0-Gold –Nabil Merhi
2.5 Gold–Carmen Wilson Silver–Bronwyn Lyman
3.0 Gold–Nancy Shibley Silver–Mo Wright
3.5 Gold–Lisa Smith
4.0 Gold– Penny Gentile
Men’s and Women’s doubles:
Gold–Stephen Klein/Brandon Klein Silver–Bruce Takala/Mike Jackson Bronze–Florencio Gonzales/Weston McNeely
Men’s 3.0 Gold–Luis Quinones/Ernest Bustillos Silver–Dennis Dailey/Michael Wilson Bronze–Victor Alvarez/Bud Brinkerhoff
Men’s 3.5 Gold–Ray Thomas/Larry Burke Silver–Gopal Rao/Randy Gibson Bronze–Bob Glynn/Bill Klein
Men’s 4.0 Gold–Randy Shannon/Bill Freydberg Silver–Ram Pereyra/Gary Rutherford Bronze–Rick Hooker/Elijah Dee
Men’s 4.5 Gold–Richie Spangler/Alex Potapoff Silver–Pat Newell/Chris Wolfe Bronze–Bill Marshall/Steve Ricke
Men’s 5.0– Randy Chilton/Dominic Greco
3.0 Gold–Mary Pruess/MelodyChilds Silver–Mo Wright/Adeline Apodaca Bronze–Kathy Klein/Mary Gonzales
Women’s 3.5 Gold–Liz Armijo/Melissa Clayton Silver–Kim Delbecq/Gretchen Denman Bronze–Isabel Quinones/Sally Gillich Women’s
4.0 Gold–Penny Gentile/Debra Davis Silver–Mandy Miranda/Christine Wantuck Bronze–Leanne Smith/Doris Corrales Women’s
4.5 Gold–Lisa Smith/Nancy Kane Silver–Sharon Allen/Vicky Noakes Bronze–Joyce Montoya-Helgesen/Penny Forgette
MIXED Doubles results:
2.5 MX Gold–Mike Jackson/Rhonda Ayers Silver–Michael Wilson/Carmen Wilson Bronze–Brandon Klein/Kathy Klein
3.0 MX Gold–Margie Allen/James Jones Silver–Steve Cotner/Nancy Shibley Bronze–Linda Montoya/Bob Henry
3.5 MX Gold–Mandy Miranda/Randy Wright Silver–Larry Burke/Melissa Clayton Bronze–Karen Nesbitt/Albert Chavez
4.0 MX Gold–Pat Newell/Virgie Henderson Silver–Joyce Montoya-Helgesen/Ram Pereyra Bronze–Penny Gentile/Elijah Dee
4.5 MX Gold–Alex Potapoff/Lisa Smith Silver–Nancy Kane/Nabil Mehri Bronze–Randy Shannon/Vicki Noakes
5.0 MX Gold–Sharon Allen/Dominic Greco, Jr.
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The Durango leg of the Alpine Bank Western Slope Pickleball Tournament Series presented by Durango Parks and Recreation was a great success. It was an enjoyable weekend of fun and competition thanks to all of you! Overall, 62 Mens and Womens Doubles teams competed on Saturday and 44 Mix Doubles teams on Sunday. We greatly enjoyed hosting the event and look forward to future pickleball events. As for this past event, below are the final results. Some of the photos from the Durango Tournament have been posted on Durango Parks and Recreation Facebook page in a Pickleball Tournament 2015 photo album.
Womens Doubles Recreational Division Medalist
Gold: RaNae Bakel & Susan Rosenow of Durango, CO
Silver: Hack Jensen & May Liang of Fruita, CO
Bronze: Rhonda McBride & Diane Robertson of Hugoton & Gunnison, CO
Womens Doubles Competitive Division Medalist
Gold: Connie Guillory & Sydney Hayes of Montrose & Glenwood Springs, CO
Silver: Suzie Bemis & Doris Corrales of Albuquerque, NM
Bronze: Jamie Elliott & Penny Gentile of Angel Fire, NM
Mens Doubles Recreational Division Medalist
Gold: Michael Williams & Henry Garland of Durango, CO & Angel Fire, NM
Silver: Art Benzel & Sammy Frazier of Pagosa Springs & Monte Vista, CO
Bronze: John Colby & Dave Robertson of Gunnison, CO
Mens Doubles Competitive A Division (Upper) Medalist
Gold: Michael Cox & Jerry Hays of Grand Junction & Glenwood Springs, CO
Silver: Bruce Jones (BJ) & Bob Leininger of Pagosa Springs & Durango, CO
Bronze: Elijah Dee & Ray Thomas of Albuquerque & Bosque, NM
Mens Doubles Competitive B Division (Lower) Medalist
Gold: Rick Hooker & Jim McPherson of Angel Fire, NM & Hot Springs Village, AR
Silver: Bubba Davis & Buddy Schwartz of Angel Fire, NM
Bronze: Rick Lane & Seth Moffitt of Durango, CO & Farmington, NM
Mixed Doubles Recreational Division Medalist
Gold: Cathy Everett & Eric Everett of Durango, CO
Silver: Gloria Hare & Andy Jordan of Farmington, NM
Bronze: RaNae Bakel & Sammy Frazier of Durango & Monte Vista, CO
Mixed Doubles Competitive A Division (Upper) Medalist
Gold: Michael Cox & Sydney Hays of Grand Junction & Glenwood Springs, CO
Silver: Sherry Keith & Bob Leininger of Vista, CA & Durango, CO
Bronze: Suzie Bemis & Gary Rutherford of Albuquerque, NM
Mixed Doubles Competitive B Division (Lower) Medalist
Gold: Lisa Hicks & Bruce Jones (BJ) of Durango & Pagosa Springs, CO
Silver: Penny Gentile & Buddy Schwartz of Angel Fire, NM
Bronze: Amy Harlow & Chris Helm of Durango, CO
Congratulations to these teams and to all that participated!
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2015 National Senior Games
Albuquerque and New Mexico were well represented at the 2015 National Senior Games in Minneapolis. Congratulations to all those dedicated pickleball athletes, families and supporters who made the trip and participated in the National Games. If you are interested in the results, go to pickleballtournaments.com, locate the 2015 National Senior Games, click on ‘Show Results,’ and you will find all the gold through bronze medal winners. If you click on any link under the event and age group, you can see all the brackets and finishers. Have fun with this site, and congratulations again to all who participated.
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2015 Ruidoso Pickleball Championships
Here are the published results from the Ruidoso Pickleball Championships held in June 2015. Congratulations to all participants and medal winners, volunteers and spectators.
2015 NM Senior Olympics
Here are the preliminary pickleball results from the 2015 NM Senior Olympics in Roswell, NM. Congratulations to all participants, medal winners, volunteers and spectators in this statewide tournament.
|Pickleball Singles – Male|
|50-54 1. Brian Nystrom (Angel Fire); 2. Steve Duran (Las Cruces)|
|55-59 1. Steven Teague (Albuq.)|
|60-64 1. Paul Wantuck (Santa Fe); 2. Richard Hooker (Angel Fire); 3. Ernest Bustillos (Fairacres);4.Randy Chilton (Ruidoso); 5. Bud Schwartz (Angel Fire)|
|65-69 1. Robert Klass (Las Cruces); 2. Ray Thomas (Bosque Farms); 3. Stephen Morris (Alto);4. Phillip Vice (Alto); 5. Larry Burke (Santa Fe)|
|70-74 1. John Lopez (Albuq.); 2. Nick Blea (Bosque Farms); 3. John Barry (Carlsbad)|
|75-79 1. Mike Jackson (Medanales); 2. Albert Delanoy (Los Alamos); 3. Michael Guest (Roswell)|
|Pickleball Singles – Female|
|50-54 1. Melissa Clayton (Santa Fe)|
|55-59 1. Leanne Smith (Ruidoso); 2. Elizabeth Smith (Santa Fe); 3. Candace Mead (Silver City); 4. Sharon Allen (Alto)|
|60-64 1. Christine Wantuck (Santa Fe); 2. Gail Gourley (Albuq.); 3. Melinda Coslett (Clovis);4. Carol Andrews (Tierra Amarilla); 5. Bronwyn Lyman (Cebolla)|
|65-69 1. Carol Hoffman (Ruidoso); 2. Mary Page (Santa Fe); 3. Dale Reynolds (Albuq.); 4. Shirley Beer (Alto)|
|70-74 1. Sue Brazeal (Carlsbad)|
|75-79 1. Barbara Hutchison (Santa Fe); 2. Jerrie Franse (Clovis)|
|Pickleball Doubles – Male|
|55-59 1. Fred Grahn (Silver City) and Steven Teague (Albuq.)|
|60-64 1. Ray Thomas (Bosque Farms) and Paul Wantuck (Santa Fe); 2. Richard Hooker (Angel Fire) and Bud Schwartz (Angle Fire); 3. Randy Chilton (Ruidoso) and James Riggs (Ruidoso)|
|65-69 1. Robert Klass (Las Cruces) and George Kozloski (Las Cruces); 2. Bob Gaylord (Ruidoso) and Jim Richardson (Ruidoso); 3. Mackey Ervin (Ruidoso) and Stephen Morris (Alto); 4. Wilfred Baca (Belen) and Jorge Montano (Belen); 5. Larry Burke (Santa Fe) and Mike Jackson (Medanales)|
|70-74 1. James Jones (Albuq.) and John Lopez (Albuq.); 2. James Crawford (Los Lunas) and David Majsterek (Los Lunas); 3. Nick Blea (Bosque Farms) and Phillip Gregory (Los Lunas)|
|75-79 1. Ernest Bryant (Los Alamos) and Albert Delanoy (Los Alamos)|
|Pickleball Doubles – Female|
|50-54 1. Elizabeth Armijo (Santa Fe) and Melissa Clayton (Santa Fe);|
|55-59 1. Sharon Allen (Alto) and Leanne Smith (Ruidoso) 2. Deneen Groom (Mountainair) and Nancy Shibley (Tierra Amarilla)|
|60-64 1. Margie Allen (Albuq.) and Christine Wantuck (Santa Fe); 2. Katheryn Kloos (Las Cruces) and Gail Gourley (Albuq.) 3. Saundra Gaylord (Denton) and Cassie Richardson (Ruidoso);4. Racy Bowersox (Belen) and Corby Lynne Chavez (Belen); 5. Carol Andrews (Tierra Amarilla) and Bronwyn Lyman (Cebolla)|
|65-69 1. Shiley Beer (Alto) & Carol Empson (Alto) 2. Carolyn Jackson (Medanales) & Mary Page (Santa Fe) 3. Josephine Bernal (Las Cruces) & Patricia Cook (Las Cruces)|
|70-74 1. Gloria Griego (Belen) & Sandra Muehlhausen (Los Lunas) 2. Sue Brazeal (Carlsbad) & Mary Hughes (Carlsbad) 3. Laura Kayser (Mountainair) & Nancy Townson (Mountainair)|
|75-79 1. Penny Dever-Reynolds (ABQ) & Barbara Hutchison (Santa Fe) 2. Jerrie Franse (Clovis) & Fay Smith (Santa Fe)|
|Pickleball Mixed Doubles|
|50-54 1. Melissa Clayton (Santa Fe) & Steven Teague (ABQ)|
|55-59 1. Elizabeth Armijo (Santa Fe) & Ray Thomas (Bosque Farms) 2. James Riggs (Ruidoso) & Leanne Smith (Ruidoso) 3. Sharon Allen (Alto) & Ronny Smith (Ruidoso) 4. Fred Grahn (Silver City) & Candace Mead (Silver City) 5. Steve Cotner (Chama) & Nancy Shibley (Tierra Amailla)|
|60-64 1. Christine Wantuck (Santa Fe) & Paul Wantuck (Santa Fe) 2. Gail Gourley (ABQ) & Richard Hooker (Angel Fire) 3. Ernest Bustillos (Fairacres) & Katheryn Kloos (Las Cruces) 4. Cassie Richardson (Ruidoso) & Jim Richardson (Ruidoso) 5. Bob Gaylord (Ruidoso) & Saundra Gaylord (Denton)|
|65-69 1. Margie Allen (ABQ) & James Jones (ABQ) 2. Sharon Lurix (Ruidoso) & Stephen Morris (Alto) 3. Mackey Ervin (Ruidoso) & Nancy Townsend (Mountainair)|
|70-74 1. Penny Dever-Reynolds (ABQ) & Victor Yamada (ABQ) 2. Judy Gerth (Ruidoso) & Fred Gerth jr (Ruidoso) 3. John Barry (Carlsbad) & Sue Brazeal (Carlsbad) 4. Donna Crawford (Los Lunas) & James Crawford (Los Lunas) 5. Kai Brown (Alto) & Michael Dudman (Alto)|
|75-79 1. Albert Delanoy (Los Alamos) & Barbara Hutchison (Santa Fe) 2. Carolyn Jackson (Medanales) & Mike Jackson (Medanales)|
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Congrats to all the participants of the Senior Olympics at Manzano Mesa. Special thanks to Mo and Randy, Gretchen, Dale and the other tournament organizers/communicators. Also, to all those who reffed (there were many of you) and manned the desk (Mo, Shirley, Belinda). The results are:
|Womens singles||Mens singles|
|gold||Joyce Helgeson||Brian Nystrom|
|gold||Mo Wright||Tony Teague|
|gold||Gail Gourley||Rick Hooker|
|gold||Dale Reynolds||Ram Pereyra|
|Womens doubles||Mens Doubles|
Congratulations to the following New Mexico medal winners and participants in the following January Pickleball tournaments in Arizona.
Tucson Senior Olympics (Jan. 12-15):
Linda V. and Robyn C.: Bronze, 3.5, WD
Surprise Courts Fundraiser (Jan16-18):
Christine M.: Gold, 5.0, WD
Happy Trails (Jan 19-23):
Roxanne P.: Silver, 5.0, 50+, MXD
Roxanne P.: Bronze, 5.0 50+, WD
Judy A. and Virgie H.: Silver, 4.0, 65+ WD
Linda Valencia: Bronze, 4.0 MXD
Larry L.: Bronze, 4.0 65+, MD
Other participants were Micheline and Dennis R., Dee and Tom R., Marty N.
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Thanks to all those who helped in the January 2015 tournament in so many ways, food, endless reffing, desk work, cleanup, bracketing, etc. Well done, those I talked to from out of town and playing in the tournament were very appreciative of your work. Special thanks to several folks who did a lot of extra work, (I am sure I am missing some people, many in the opposite venue from the one I was in), especially Gretchen, Dale, Anthony G, Shirley, Albert, John C, Penny F, Lisa, Ram, Mo, Jim and Susan, Lou, Joe and Linda, Rich and Ann, Nabil. Congratulations to all who played in the tournament. The medal winners were:
Gold: Jonathan Grassmick
Silver: Jim Garrison
Bronze: Henry Garland
Gold: Kurt Kunzler
Silver: Marcos Martinez
Bronze: Tony Teague
Gold: Ray Dobbins
Silver: Ram Pereyra
Gold: Richie Spangler
Gold: Roz Garland
Silver: Danae Blackburn
Bronze: Melissa Grassmick
Gold: Amy Lurix
Silver: Victoria Seale
Bronze: Vickie Lindner
Gold: Suzie Bemis
Gold: Linda Montoya, Margie Allen
Silver: Graceanne Holder, Roz Garland
Bronze: Melissa Grazmick
Gold: Judy Griffin, Nancy Hooker
Silver: Penny Dever-Reynolds, Mo Wright
Bronze: Racy Bowersox, Corby Chavez
Gold: Leslie Sedillo, Christine Wantuck
Silver: Gretchen Denman, Jamie Elliot
Bronze: Mandy Miranda, Jan Morris
Gold: Jenny Adams, Sandy Salm
Silver: Doris Corrales, Suzie Bemis
Bronze: Elizabeth Armijo, Victoria Seale
Gold: Nancy Kane, Ann Peterson
Silver: Penny Forgette, Susan Burns
Gold: Fred Grahn, Shelby Hallmark
Silver: Henry Garland, Jonathan Grassmick
Bronze: John Kimbrough, Ron Abramshe
Gold: Alvin Bourke, Hector Lugo
Silver: Phillip Martinez, Marcos Martinez
Bronze: Kyle Kunzler, Kurt Kunzler
Gold: Ram Pereyra, Larry Lite
Silver: Ray Dobbins, Chris Burton
Bronze: Rick Hooker, Bud Schwartz
Gold: Rich Peterson, Nabil Merhi
Silver: Richie Spangler, Lou Salm
Gold: Roz Garland, Henry Garland
Silver: Donna Crawford, James Crawford
Bronze: Shelley Majsterek, David Majsterek
Gold: Marjie Allen, Gregory Coon
Silver: Melissa Grassmick, Jonathan Grassmick
Bronze: Kathy Kloos, Bud Schwartz
Gold: Kelly Hennessey, Ray Thomas
Silver: Susan Burns, Gary Burns
Bronze: Margie Brown, Alvin Bourke
Gold: Suzie Bemis, Gopal Rao
Silver: Jane Jennings, Adam Seitchik
Bronze: Sandy Salm, Lou Salm
Gold: Nancy Kane, Nabil Merhi
Silver: Ann Peterson, Rich Peterson
Bronze: Penny Forgette, Gary Rutherford
The NM Games Pickleball Tournament Results
Thanks for all who played and watched the NM games. Somehow the rains missed us and we were able to play the whole tournament outdoors. Congrats to all, a well-played tournament. Special thanks to all those who helped bracket, run the desk, the raffles, and refereed. Special congrats to the medalists in a lot of hard fought matches:
5.0 gold Roxanne Pierce
4.0 gold Nancy Kane
3.5 gold Victoria Seale
3.5 silver Amy Lurix
2.5 gold Penny Gentile
2.5 Silver Roz Garland
5.0 gold Nabil Merhi
4.5 gold Shane Zimmerman
4.5 silver Richie Spangler
4.0 gold Alex Potapoff
4.0 silver Ram Peyrera
4.0 bronze James Riggs
3.5 gold Ray Dobbins
3.5 silver Dale Pavlek
3.5 bronze Samuel Wilson
3.0 gold Bud Schwartz
3.0 silver Tony Teague
3.0 bronze James Garrison
2.5 gold Brian Nystrom
2.5 silver Larry Bustamonte
5.0 gold Roxanne Pierre/Christine McGrath
4.5 gold Ann Peterson/Chrisitine Gruener
4.0 gold Sandy Salm/Nancy Kane
4.0 Joyce Helgeson/Linda Valencia
4.0 Vicky Noakes/Sharon Allen
3.5 gold Doris Corrales/Leanne Smith
3.5 silver Liz Armijo/Melissa Clayton
3.5 bronze Louise Garcia/Mandy Miranda
3.0 gold M’Lee Beasley/Pauline Gutierrez
3.0 silver Kathy Kloos/Cindy Martinez
3.0 bronze Judy Griffin/Penny Gentile
2.5 gold Claudette Maitland/Roz Garland
2.5 silver Donna Baca/Corby Chavez
4.5 gold Rich Peterson/Nabil Merhi
4.5 silver Rich Spangler/Alex Potapoff
4.0 gold Shane Zimmerman/James Riggs
4.0 silver Ram Pereyra/Larry Lite
4.0 bronze Gopal Rao/Avi Fuerst
3.5 gold Sam Wilson/Rick Hooker
3.5 silver Frank Otero/Randy Wright
3.5 bronze Andy Carter/Bill Freydberg
3.0 gold Tony Teague/Gary Burns
3.0 silver Wilfred Baca/Robert Chavez
3.0 bronze Bud Schwartz/ Bubba Davis
2.5 gold Scott Dixon/Jamie Pendergrass
2.5 silver Ron Abramshe/John Kimbrough
2.5 bronze Bill Arrighi/Larry Burke
5.0 gold Roxanne Pierce/Steve Suiter
4.5 gold Christine Gruener/Nabil Merhi
4.5 silver Ann Peterson/Rich Peterson
4.5 bronze Penny Forgette/Gary Rutherford
4.0 gold Leanne Smith/James Riggs
4.0 silver Vicky Noakes/Shane Zimmerman
4.0 bronze Joyce Helgeson/Ram Pereyra
3.5 gold Amy Lurix/Bill Freydberg
3.5 silver Julie Wagner/Steve Wagner
3.5 bronze Susan Burns/Gary Burns
3.0 gold Kirsten Kunzler/Kurt Kunzler
3.0 silver M’Lee Beazley/Tony Teague
3.0 bronze Jamie Garcia/James Jones
2.5 gold Sandy Arrighi/Bill Arrighi
2.5 silver John Kimbrough/Mo Wright
2.5 bronze Ron Abramshe/Carol Ritter
During the NM Games a raffle was held as a fund raiser for the ABQ Pickleball Club. A sincere “Thank You” goes out to all those that purchased a raffle ticket for a chance to win a new USAPA net. (Tickets were limited to 30.) Congratulations goes to the winner – Deborah Dailey. The Club cleared $150.00!
Congratulations to Albuquerque and surrounding area players in the NM Senior Olympics pickleball competition held in Roswell on July 17&18. You’ve been waiting with bated breath for the results, so here you will find the results for players from Albuquerque and surrounding areas.
These results are taken from the nmseniorolympics.org website, under “Records and Results.” If you go to that site, you can search for results from any event, any year, any age group, city, gender, etc.
Congratulations to all our local Olympians – Great job!
Congratulations to the Albuquerqueans playing in the Rocky Mountain Senior Games. Everyone did well. Medal winners were:
singles-60-4 Nabil Merhi singles gold
mens doubles 50-4-Nabil Merhi with Lon Krantz gold
mens doubles 65-9-Lou Salm-Gary Rutherford silver
womens doubles 60-4-Robyn Chiappini and Sandy Salm silver
womens doubles 55-9-Penny Forgette with Darla Shelton silver
womens double 65-9-Angie Schemberg with Nancy Gilpin bronze
mixed doubles-55-9 Nabil Merhi with Nancy Steffy gold
mixed doubles-60-4 Penny Forgette-Gary Rutherford bronze
mixed doubles-65-9 Sandy Salm-Lou Salm
mixed doubles 65-9 Angie Schemberg-Roger Gossard silver
mixed doubles 75-9 Sam Sandoval with Joan Blue bronze
Here are the results of the Bernalillo County Senior Olympics Qualifying Tournament held in Albuquerque on April 11 and 12, 2014 and directed by Brett Steinmetz of the Senior Affairs office. Thanks to all who participated, volunteered, spectated, reffed, and otherwise took part in this fun tourney!
50-54 Mixed Doubles – 1st Ram Pererya / Joyce Helgeson); 2nd Gretchen Denman / John Cordova); 3rd Doris Corrales / Anthony Gonzales
55-59 Mixed Doubles – 1st – Gail Gourley / David Hoffman
60-64 Mixed Doubles – 1st – Albert Chavez / Christine Wantuck; 2nd Ray Dobbins / Leslie Sedillo
65-69 Mixed Doubles- 1st – Larry Lyte / Angie Schemberg; 2nd – John Lopez / Virgie Henderson
70-74 Mixed Doubles – 1st – Tom / Delores Rios; 2nd – James Jones / Charlene Comba
75-79 Mixed doubles – 1st – Penny Dever-Reynolds / Dick Harrison; 2nd – Sam Sandoval / Barb Wellner
60-64 Singles Female – 1st – Gail Gourley
65-69 Singles Female – 1st – Edna Worf
55-59 Singles Male – 1st Tony Teague
60-64 Singles Male 1st – Ram Pereyra; 2nd – Albert Chavez; 3rd – George Garner
65-69 Singles Male 1st – James Garrison
85-89 Singles Male 1st – Dick Harrison
55-59 Men Doubles 1st Tony Teague / Anthony Gonzalez
60-64 Men Doubles 1st Larry Lyte / Ram Pereyra (2nd – Bob Ashmore / Albert Chavez) (3rd – Randy Gibson / John Lopez )
65-69 Men Doubles 1st Ken O’brien / Dennis Gallant
70-74 Men Doubles 1st James Jones / Larry Gilbert
75-79 Men Doubles 1st Sam Sandoval / Al Mills
50-54 Women Doubles 1st Joyce Helgeson / Dorris Corrales; 2nd Gretchen Denman / Christine Wantuck
60-64 Women Doubles 1st Janice Miranda / Louise Garcia; 2nd – Melody Childs / Mary Pruess
65-69 Women Doubles 1st Angie Schemberg / Virgie Henderson
75-79 Women Doubles 1st Barbara Wellner / Penny Dever-Reynolds
Here are the results from the January 2014 Pickleball Tournament in Albuquerque. Thank you! to all the participants and volunteers who made this a great tournament. Congratulations to the medalists:
Gold- Nabil Merhi
Gold- Richard Peterson
Silver- Randy Chilton
Gold- Ray Dobbins
Silver- Rick Hooker
Bronze- Marcos Martinez
Gold- Jon Barbee
Silver- Tony Teague
Bronze- Bud Schwartz
Gold- Kelly Dunn
Silver- Jim Crawford
Gold- Jamie Elliott
Gold- Victoria Seale
Silver- Liz Armijo
Gold- Jenny Adams/Sandy Salm
Silver- Nancy Kane/Penny Forgette
Bronze- Joyce Helgesen/Doris Corrales
Gold- Liz Armijo/Victoria Seale
Silver- Gretchen Denman/Christine Wantuck
Bronze- Carol Hoffman/Amy Lurix
Gold- Racy Bowersox/ Linda Powroznik
Silver- Jamie Elliott/Debra Davis
Bronze- Louise Garcia/Jamie Garcia
Gold- Janice Meranda/Pauline Gutierrez
Silver- Randy Keyes/Darin Frazier
Bronze- Melody Childs/Mary Pruess
Gold- Mike Adams/Nabil Merhi
Silver- Lou Salm/Gary Rutherford
Bronze- Randy Chilton/Jim Riggs
Gold- Bud Schwartz/Rick Hooker
Silver- Rich Lurix/Paul Kunkle
Bronze- Bob Ashmore/Albert Chavez
Gold- Paul Wantuck/John Crowley
Silver- Kelly Dunn/Andy Carter
Bronze- Victor Yamada/James Jones
Gold- Steve Machado/Mike Brewer
Silver- David Majsterek/Jim Crawford
Gold- Richard Peterson/Anne Peterson
Silver- Jenny Adams/Nabil Merhi
Bronze- Penny Forgette/Gary Rutherford
Gold- Liz Armijo/Bruce Tobin
Silver- Carol Hoffman/Paul Kunkle
Bronze- Susan Stokes/Gary Burns
Gold- Paul Wantuck/Christine Wantuck
Silver- Deborah Davis/Bud Schwartz
Bronze- Jamie Garcia/James Jones
Gold- Kelly Dunn/Katheryn Kloos
Silver- David Majsterek/Shelly Majsterek
Bronze- Gerta Lee/Jim Crawford
Congratulations to ABQ Pickleballers competing at the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, UT this weekend. Here are the competitors and results I found:
• Gopal and Ram – Gold in Mens Doubles 3.0 50-64
• Gary and Lou – Bronze, Mens Doubles 4.0 50-64
• Gary (with Nancy Hessin) – Gold, Mixed Doubles 60-64
• Nabil – Bronze, Mens Singles 60-64
• Steve S. (with Paul Hoggatt) – Silver, Mens Doubles 3.5 65+
• Suzie B. and Joyce – Gold, Womens Doubles 3.5 50-64
• Suzie B. – Bronze, Womens Singles 50-54
• Angie S. (with Mary Bentley) – Bronze, Womens 3.5 65+
• Angie S. (with Steven Cole) – Gold, Mixed Doubles 65-69
• Virgie (with Ron Stiers) – Bronze, Mixed Doubles 65-69
• Dennis and Micheline
• Linda V., Sandy S., Robyn C.
Congratulations to all who played in the NM GAMES TOURNAMENT held on September 13-15 at Los Altos Courts and Roosevelt Middle School. Thank you to all the volunteers who worked as referees, scorekeepers, court driers, food providers and general helpers. We were able to put on the whole tournament during one of the biggest storms in NM, and congratulations to all the participants who braved the weather and travelled back and forth between Los Altos and Roosevelt Middle School as weather conditions changed. It was a great group and we are very grateful to all who participated. Special thanks to Gretchen who was constantly revising brackets and teams based on last minute changes and ran the desk. Also, to Lou and Sandy who organized and reorganized the referee assignments as we moved around, and to Roxanne who managed the desk, reffed and provided novel wrist bands. Gary
Congrats to the medalists:
Men 4.0 Gold Shane Harris
Silver Jim Mc Pherson
Men 4.5 Gold Vivek Patel
Silver Gabriel Mason
Men 3.5 Gold Ram Peyrera
Silver Marcos Martinez
Bronze Rick Hooker
Women 3.5 Gold Vicky Noakes
Silver Stephanie Smith
Bronze Sharon Allen
Women 3.0 Gold Sandy McPherson
4.0 Gold Randy Mason, Gabriel Mason
Silver Vivek Patel, Joe Archuleta
Bronze Don Simmons, Shane Harris
3.5 Gold David Hoffman, John Cordova
Silver John Castruccio, Don Noakes
Bronze Bob Ashmore, Albert Chavez
3.0 Gold Bubba Davis, Rick Hooker
Silver Richard Beasley, Dennis Dailey
4.0 Gold Penny Forgette, Nancy Kane
Silver Doris Corrales, Suzie Bemis
Bronze Sandy Salm, Susan Stokes
3.5 Gold Vicky Noakes, Sharon Allen
Silver Melissa Clayton, Liz Armijo
Bronze Robyn Chiappini, Dee Rios
3.0 Gold Louise Garcia, M’Lee Beasley
Silver Tara Rivera, Jamie Garcia
Bronze Jamie Elliot, Debra Davis
4.0 Gold Penny Forgette, Gary Rutherford
Silver Hobie Aldrick, Don Simmons
Bronze Shane Harris, Carla Letcher
3.5 Gold Don Noakes, Vicky Noakes
Silver Ram Peyrera, Gail Gourley
Bronze Rich Lurix, Amy Lurix
3.0 Gold Paul Wantuck, Christine Wantuck
Silver David Hoffman, Pam Hoffman
Bronze James Jones, Jamie Garcia
The Pikes Peak or Bust pickleball tournament in Colorado Springs is the week before the NM games tournament. The USAPA has designated Pikes Peak or Bust a Tier 3!
Registration is now open. See brochure for information. Registration and a flyer can also be found on www.usapa.org/tournaments or visit the Facebook Group Page at “Pikes Peak Pickleball Club” and click on “files” or “events.”
The Ruidoso Pickleball Club and the Alto Lakes Pickleball Association would like to invite you to join us for a tournament in Ruidoso on September 7-8. Click here for tournament info and registration form.
In addition to the tournament, we have made arrangements for tournament players and their guests to have a special rate at the Flying J Ranch Saturday evening to enjoy a chuck wagon style cowboy supper and the Flying J Wranglers’ Western Music Show. This will be a fun evening to get to know pickleball players from around the region. When you register for the tournament, you will receive a special code to make your reservation at the Flying J. Check out their website at http://www.FlyingJRanch.com. (While we have arranged a special deal for tournament players and their guests, attendance is optional, and the cost to attend the dinner and show is not covered in the registration fee. You will make your dinner and show reservation and purchase directly from Flying J.)
For additional information, contact Andy Carter at email@example.com or call 575-937-3991.
Here are the results for the ABQ Pickleball players in last weekend’s So. Cal Summer Classic in Oceanside CA 6/21-24/2013.
Men’s Singles 4.5 – Nabil Mehri – GOLD
Mixed Doubles 4.0 – Lisa Espelien-Gary Rutherford – BRONZE
Mixed Doubles Age 55+ – Roxanne Pierce-Bob Youngren – SILVER
Mixed Doubles Age 55+ – Penny Forgette-Nabil Merhi – BRONZE
Mixed Doubles 3.5 – Joyce Helgesen-Steve Schwab – SILVER
Women’s Doubles 3.5 – Joyce Helgesen-Suzie Bemis – GOLD
Congratulations to all these medalists and tournament participants!
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Congratulations to all ABQ Area Pickleballers who participated in the NM Senior Olympics in Roswell this past Wednesday and Thursday. Albuquerque group results:
Many of our ABQ Area Pickleballers participated in the Rocky Mountain Senior Games at Greeley, CO last weekend. Here are the medals they won:
- Nabil – Bronze Men’s Singles 60-64 Lou – Gold Men’s Singles 70-74 Susan – Gold Women’s Singles 60-64 Lou and Sandy – Silver Mixed Doubles 60-64 Gary and Penny – Silver Mixed Doubles 55-59 Judy and Susan – Bronze Women’s Doubles 60-64 Sandy and Robyn – Gold Women’s Doubles 60-64 Penny (with partner from Greeley) Gold Women’s Doubles 55-59
Congratulations to all the participants!
Las Cruces Tournament followup with pictures (Password for picture site: pickleballnm): “What a great success! This event ran so smooth and was such a great success, we are ready to have another (just give us time to catch our breath). Thanks to everyone that came into town to enjoy and compete in a very social and fun environment. We had folks come in from California, Colorado, Arizona, Angel Fire, Albuquerque, Ruidoso, Carlsbad and our very own “locals”. Shaunna and I, along with all staff members really enjoyed interacting and watching some really good pickleballers.
The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation had the privilege to host you all and we hope our city and the tournament treated you all well. Good luck & be safe with all your future travels & tournaments and until next time.”
Robert / Shaunna
Robert L Nuñez
City of Las Cruces
Parks & Recreation
(575) 541-2558 (o)
(575) 541-2636 (f)
April 13 Senior Olympics Qualifying Tournament for Bernalillo County.
Congratulations to all who played in the NM Senior Olympics Qualifying Pickleball Tournament held on April 13,2013 at Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center. Everyone who played qualified to participate in the NM Senior Olympics in Roswell this June. Thank you to all the volunteers who worked with Brett Steinmetz, Tournament Director, as referees, scorekeepers and general helpers. It takes a village to put on a tournament! We are very grateful to all who participated.
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January Compete & Meet Tournament:
Congrats to all those that participated in this years Meet and Greet Tournament. There was excellent competition all the way around.Men’s singles 4.0+Gold-Nabil MerhiSilver-Randy ChiltonBronze-Gary RutherfordMen’s singles 3.5+Gold-Shane HarrisSilver-Marcos MartinezBronze-Ram PeyreraMen’s 4.0 doublesGold-Nabil Merhi-Gary StagnerSilver-Mike Adams-Lou SalmBronze-Randy Chilton-Jim RiggsWomen’s 4.0 doublesGold-Jenny Adams-Sandy SalmSilver-Nancy Steffy-Ramona BooneBronze-Judy Aron-Virgie HendersonMixed doubles 4.0Gold-Penny Forgette-Nabil MerhiSilver-Sandy Salm-Lou SalmBronze-Judy Aron-Gary RutherfordMen’s 3.5 doublesGold-Shane Harris-Joe ArchuletaSilver-Theodore Hoffman-Paul KunkleBronze-Larry Lite-Ray ThomasWomen’s 3.5 doublesGold-Angela Sullivan-Carla LetcherSilver-Suzi Bemis-Michelle PrienBronze-Robyn Chiappini-Kelly HenneseyMixed 3.5 doublesGold-Angie Sullivan-Bob KlassSilver-Gloria Hare-Shane HarrisBronze-Suzi Bemis-Randy ChiltonMen’s 3.0 doublesGold-John Cordova-David HoffmanSilver-Bob Stone-Raymond DobbinsBronze-James Jones-Victor YamadaWomen’s 3.0 doublesGold-Doris Corrales-Lora ZachekSilver-Louise Garcia-Pauline GutierrezBronze-Elaine Biery-Rosalie PereaMixed 3.0 doublesGold-Elaine Biery-Joe AlmodovaSilver-Donna Baca-Wilfred BacaBronze-Patti Gibson-Larry BakerWomen’s 2.5 doublesGold-Debra Davis-Jamie ElliotSilver-Melanie Christman-Barbara WellnerMixed 2.5 doublesGold-Pam Hoffman-David HoffmanSilver-Tahmina Shalizi-Larry GilbertBronze-Barb Wellner-James JonesAlso, thanks to the many volunteers who helped with many aspects of the tournament. To the many referees, food providers and desk volunteers who kept things flowing (many of whom were conscripted at last minute and may not be included here)- Angie Schember,Larry Lite, Judy Aron, Ronnie Roberts, Barbara Wellner, Nancy Kane, Carol Waye, Einsteins bagels, Joyce Helgeson, Lou Salm, Sandy Salm, Dale Reynolds, Lisa Espelien, Suzi Bemis, Ramona Boone, Steve Boone, Lee Elmore, Bob Klass, Linda and Joe Martel, Ram Pereyra, Robyn Chiappini, Nabil Merhi, Marcos Martinez, Albert Chavez, Ray Thomas, Susan Stokes, Bill Burch, Ray and Renee Padilla, and Brett Steinmetz with Senior Affairs. Also thanks to the organizing/bracketing, reporting and advertising committee of Gopal Rao, Penny Forgette and Gretchen Denman. Special thanks to Gretchen Denman who organized and reorganized the brackets, scorecards, etc., as I kept adding, dropping and reformulating teams. Also, special thanks to Cee Kaye Nation for coordinating the use of Roosevelt Middle School gym.Hope you all enjoyed itGary
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