Pickleball tournament raises more than $2K

The Penticton Pickleball Club hosted 68 players for its Indoor for Outdoor Pickleball Tournament.

The Penticton Pickleball Club hosted a tournament at the Penticton Community Centre over the weekend. Pictured are the winners from the women’s 3.5 division. From left to right are gold medal winners Pat Andrews and Maureen Reiter, silver medal winners Gwen Redforn and Charlene Bender, and bronze medal winners Nancy Agassiz and Cari Graystone. Submitted photo

The Penticton Pickleball Club hosted 68 players for its Indoor for Outdoor Pickleball Tournament March 24 to 26.

Players from Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon, Salmon Arm, Coldstream and the Lower Mainland competed.

“The tournament went very smoothly with all the help from the volunteers,” said tournament chair Mike Wood.

The tournament raised more than $2,000, which will be used to build four more outdoor pickleball courts.

“These tournaments help with the growth of the sport by giving the players an idea on where they stand in the world of pickleball players and their ratings as well as what style of play they need to learn in order to increase their level of play,” said Wood.

The tournament featured eight divisions (mixed 4.5, men’s 4.5, mixed 4.0, women’s 4.5, women’s 3.5, men’s 3.5, women’s 4.0 and men’s 4.0). Numbers refer to players skill level.

Winning the mixed 4.5 was Mike Wood and Roberta Meaken. Silver Medal Winners: Yas Athurkorala and Kim Kopp. Bronze Medal Winners: Mark Dana and Ronith Cogswell.Winning the men’s 4.5 were Mark Dana and Andrew McKimmon. Silver Medal Winners: Mike Epp and Adreas Wins-purdy. Bronze Medal Winners: Ryan Rostek and Charles Neufeldt. Winning the mixed 4.0 were Richard De Lange and Judith Heunis. Silver Medal Winners: Murray Feenstra and Shirley Knorr. Bronze Medal Winners: Mike Wood and Nancy Rhea Winning the women’s 4.5 were Roberta Meaken and Kim Kopp. Silver Medal Winners: Ronith Cogswell and Marsi Jacobs. Bronze Medal Winners: Kim Coleman and Irene Mah Winning the women’s 3.5 were Pat Andrews and Maureen Reiter. Silver Medal Winners: Gwen Redforn and Charlene Bender. Bronze Medal Winners: Nancy Agassiz and Cari Graystone. Winning the men’s 3.5 were Joey Toolsie and Greg Thompson. Silver Medal Winners: Jack Bumby and Brandon Berlinguet. Bronze Medal Winners: Trevor Towers and Trask Towers. Winning the women’s 4.0 were Nancy Rhea and Jayne Hackman. Silver Medal Winners: Karen Austen and Jae Nichols. Bronze Medal Winners: Karen Heinrichs and Susan Hatfield And winning the men’s 4.0 were Richard De Lange and Murray Feenstra. Silver Medal Winners: Rick Felker and Tom Leckie. Bronze Medal Winners: Pat Meyers and Lance Monych.

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