Many junior players go off to college and don't find time for paddle. In an effort to "bring them back" a group of pros is offering College 101 paddle events at holiday times. On January 4, Mike Gillespie and Patty Hogan will host a College 101 event at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, NJ. All players (or potential players) 17 and older are invited to attend this fun, free afternoon event. Contact Mike or Patty for more info, or just show up at Canoe Brook between 2:00 and 4:00 that day.
Viking continues the heritage of pushing the boundries and revolutionizing technology with new 19" paddle. While this paddle is not yet approved for National Ranking Tournaments it is available to the public today.
Essex Fells, NJ Helen Garrett and Sandy Simmers have to go down in the record books as one of the most successful teams ever in senior platform tennis play. Once again they claimed the gold medals at the Women's 70+ National Championships, held today at the Essex Fells Country Club. Thanks to Carolyn Tierney for "making it happen" - all who have been involved know that it is a giant juggling feat to end up with 8 teams for this event! Silver medalists were Ginny Sniatkowski & Thelma Huber. Anke Cornell & Gail Condon finished in 3rd place, edging Dolores Krzanowski & Birgit Maio in the playoff match.
Another season is here and several dedicated teaching pros have volunteered their time to get kids pumped for play by offering two hours of drills and thrills and tricks and treats. Hosted by Drew Broderick and the Canoe Brook Country Club, this free event will run from 2:00 - 4:00 pm on Sunday, October 26. All junior players - from beginner to advanced levels - who are at least 8 years old are invited to attend. Patty Hogan, Mike Gillespie, Ana Brzova and other local teaching pros will be joining in the fun. If your junior paddle player would like to participate, or if you have questions about the event, please contact Patty Hogan at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Note: Plan to be there by 1:45 PM, and no jeans, please!)
Viking Releases first ever Platform Tennis Shoe
Viking Athletics releases first ever Platform Tennis Shoe. Based off the already #1 seller (Prince T22) numerous enhancements make this the best paddle shoe available.
It rained and it rained and it rained...it was only 3 days, not 40, but we think that the fact that the film "Noah" was opening this weekend must have had something to do with the weather for the Mixed Masters held at Saucon Valley Country Club! On Friday, the 60+ Mixed Nationals featured 8 teams and a lot of fun while dodging raindrops. Gold medalists Diane Straus Tucker & Scott Estes already have an impressive array of medals, and added another at the expense of Connie Jones & Ken Persson. Saturday was the day for the 50+ Mixed Nationals, and as the weather got sloppier the play got more intense. In the end, sister-brother duo Laurie Hissey & Tim McAvoy repeated as champs, defeating Bobo Delaney & Mike Gillespie. Sunday's Husband-Wife 50+ tournament featured 16 teams who travelled from as far as Massachusetts and Ohio to compete for the gold. For the third day in a row we had #1 vs #2 in the finals, with Heather & Vince Prop defeating Cynthia & Ken Dardis for the crown.
Viking, announces the launch of the first ever, multi-region summer league as one additional step to help grow the sport across the U.S.A. Registrations have already flooded in since the announcement that landed the week of Nationals.
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On this episode of "How'd they do that?", provided by the PPTA (Professional Platform Tennis Association),
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Senior Hall of Fame Induction
One of Senior Paddle's "legends" will be inducted into the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame on Thursday, March 13 during the Men's 145+ National Championships. The Hall of Fame Selection Committee has announced that Bob Callaway will be inducted into the Hall in an evening ceremony at Sleepy Hollow Country Club. All are invited to participate in this celebration ($55 fee covers food, cash bar available), with cocktails beginning at 5:30 and buffet dinner at 6:15. The presentations of the Alph Beane Senior Contributor Award, an overview of the Virtual Hall of Fame Museum, and the HOF Induction will begin at 7:00 PM.