Archived Club News

2023 Season Archive (Late June – September)

PTPC TREASURER POSITION
The PTPC Board met on September 19th where they approved a position description for the Treasurer’s position. We seek to fill this position as soon as possible with Walt Urick stepping down in January. We ask that any interested parites read the detailed position description below, and then submit a letter of interest addressing your qualifications to the Club President – Jackie Tracy (jtracy@emich.edu).
Deadline for receipt of letters of interest is October 1, 2023.
POSITION DESCRIPTION
We are seeking candidates who possess significant financial literacy, and can show evidence of accurate record keeping skills and close attention to detail.
Accountability
The PTPC Board Treasurer is a volunteer position. The individual selected for this role serves in a manner consistent with the PTPC Bylaws. He/she is accountable to the PTPC Board of Directors for the fulfillment of the duties & responsibilities outlined below.
Term of Office
The PTPC Board Treasurer is appointed by the PTPC Board of Directors on an annual basis directly following the PTPC annual membership meeting.
Roles & Responsibilities
The principle duties of the position (as reflected in the PTPC bylaws) are to:
> Collect, receive, and account for all monies due and expended.

> Expend funds and pay all contractual obligations.

> Prepare an interim report of receipts, disbursements, financial condition, and a statement of dollars in club accounts at the annual membership meeting.
> Prepare and present an annual financial report of the aforementioned to the membership.

> Attend PTPC Board of Directors & Officers meetings as they are scheduled.

> Assist in the preparation of the annual budget, and its presentation to the board for review.

> Ensure that government reports, tax filings and remittances are submitted on a timely basis.

> Ensure any and all liabilities are settled in a timely manner.

> Ensure that funds and reserves are properly held and invested with board approval.

> Serve as a member of the PTPC Finance Committee.

> Furnish a bond for the faithful performance of duties as the Board of Directors may require, the cost of which shall be paid by PTPC.
> Work with the membership committee chair, web administrator, etc., to receive, record, and post all new membership applications.


Qualifications
> Budgeting & monthly statement development skills.
> Financial management software experience.
> Investment experience.
> Reasonable local availability.
> Demonstrated commitment to ethical & trustworthy behavior.

ELECTRONIC MAILINGS
In the past, the PTPC has always sent Membership Directories and Dues Statements to members using the United States Postal Service. The Board of Directors has decided that starting in 2024, we will begin to use electronic mailing exclusively for delivery of these documents to members annually. Please look for this electronic mailing in the April timeframe. These documents will also continue to be made available to members on our website. It is important that each member check to ensure that PentwaterTennisClub@gmail.com is included in their contacts folder, to avoid having our messages sent to your SPAM folder.

UPDATE ON SECOND ENHANCEMENT CAMPAIGN
We are happy to provide an update on the success of this campaign to date. We have received pledges of $9,600.00, of which we have received $6,600.00, with plans to collect a balance of $3,000.00 by 12/31/23. We thank those who have already contributed for their support of PTPC and its future needs. For those who wish to consider making a contribution, complete details and pledge forms can be found on our website here.

2024 PTPC EVENTS
We are putting the final touches on our list of 2024 Events. We will soon be updating our website as a resource for those members who wish to mark their calendars. Please keep an eye out for these dates in the coming weeks.

WORK DAY SCHEDULED
PTPC Fall Cleanup, Shutdown & Winterization is scheduled for October 13 at 11:00 AM. We already have a list of (10) volunteers who have signed up to help. Please sign up here if you’re able to join the list of generous volunteers. A complete checklist of Winterization items can be downloaded here.

PENTWATER/ LUDINGTON PICKLEBALL CHALLENGE
We had an incredible night of Pickleball on August 25th in the first ever challenge match between PTPC and The Ludington Area Pickleball Club (LAP). Both sides hoped it would be the beginning of a new and exciting tradition, and it was certainly memorable as the overall winner was determined on the very last of the (54) matches that were played.
The night started off with Women’s Doubles, and Ludington was able to win (17) of the (18) matches. Our ladies played hard, but they might have performed somewhat below their usual level under high pressure circumstances.
The next division was Mixed Doubles, where the competition was outstanding. The two clubs achieved a split with (9) wins each. At that point, Ludington had a very comfortable (26) to (10) lead. With only the final round of Men’s Doubles remaining, (18) points were still up for grabs.
The Pentwater men would need to sweep every remaining match to retake the lead. Some of the spectators had left early thinking Pentwater faced an insurmountable disadvantage, but the excitement was just beginning. The Pentwater men went on a roll, and it began to dawn on the remaining crowd that Pentwater might actually have a chance to win the first ever Pentwater/ Ludington Pickleball Challenge. Going into the final doubles matchup, Pentwater was down by only a single point in the overall match count. The Pentwater spectators gathered to cheer on Jim Kett & Mike Guercio, knowing they would need to sweep all three points. Coach Howe warned the crowd not to let the guys know what was at stake. A short time later, the final score was (28) to (26) in favor of Pentwater. Wow, what a night!
Congratulations to all the participants of both clubs for making it such a truly entertaining evening. We saw some incredible pickleball played with great sportsmanship from both clubs. Thanks to our coaches – Valerie Alexander and Steve Howe for getting the teams together and ready for the Challenge. Thanks to the head table crew of Jodee Melse, Jan Gooding and Sue Cornelius; and to Chris and Sue Cornelius who organized volunteers to furnish the refreshments for the evening; and to Ron & Jan Gooding’s granddaughter Maple who shared her homemade cookies. It was a very sweet ending to a wonderful night of Pickleball!
Additional photos of all the action have been posted as here.

  

ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING
Was held on August 24th at Park Place Community Center (highlights as follows). We had (94) members signed up to attend. Each PTPC committee presented their annual report, and our membership voted to approve the Board of Director’s recommendation to increase our initiation fee for 
new membership from $300 to $500. There were no new nominations of members to serve on the Board of Directors. Ron Gooding and John DiPangrazio each agreed to serve on the Board of Directors for another three year term. Everyone enjoyed some fabulous pizza and salad from B.C. Pizza in Hart. Thanks to the Goodings for helping out with the pizza order, to Don Baumann for picking it up and delivering to Park Place in time to satisfy everyone’s appetite, and to all who helped serve the food. Meeting minutes will be posted in the password protected Member’s section of this website once they become available. 


MIXED DOUBLES TENNIS TOURNAMENT
We had six double pairs participating on August 5th, which was a make up date after the July date was rained out. This year’s top finishers were Steve & Jackie Tracy! Two pairs finished in a tie for second place: 
Rob & Dorian DiPangrazio and Hank & Dori Williams. Congratulations to Steve & Jackie for finally dethroning two time defending champions – Hank & Dori Williams. 


50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
The PTPC gala event took place at Lincoln Hills on July 27th, and it was a HUGE success. The club honored Walt Urick for his incredible 50 years of service, along with our past presidents, and our (36) charter members were also recognized. Steve Howe captured our very rich, prideful history in a meaningful twelve minute video that is now posted on the Homepage of our website. Members can also access two new photo galleries associated with our 50th Anniversary. One includes photos from our July 27th Gala Event that took place at Lincoln Hills, and the other includes a large number of historical photos that were gathered over the past year. The PTPC Board of Directors extends a shout out to the 50th Anniversary Planning Committee (and all of the helpers) for the wonderful job they did in preparing for the event over the past three years: Jan & Ron Gooding, Jeri & Jim Kett, Linda & Don Baumann, Kelie Bond, Sue & Chris Cornelius, Diane Fitzpatrick, Mary Franke, Pam & Steve Howe, Melanie Nobis, Jayne Sackrison-Knighton, Alina Shaver, Nancy Wright and Trish & Pete Zangara.

IN MEMORIUM ORNAMENTS
We honor those members who made “In Memoriam” donations designated for the improvement of our Club facilities. A memorial tree stood at the entrance of the venue for our 50th Anniversary Celebration. It was decorated with gold ornaments to honor the names of these individuals. Family members are invited to stop by the Clubhouse Kitchen and pick up an ornament in memory of their loved one. Here are the names that haven’t yet picked up their ornaments in alphabetical order: Beth Alt, Les Alt, Jack Andrews, Vera Becker, Gene Becker, Sue Bonine, Bob Dearth, Richard Franke, Terry Franke, Betty Garrett, Bob Garrett, Don Goldner, Sam Gove, George Green, John Herndon, Jr., Hollis Johnson, Julie Kelly, Robert Kelly, Dan McDonald, Max Smith, Dick Snell and Art Squire.

2023 ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING
Is coming up on August 24th. Members are invited to attend, and voice their interests, share innovative ideas, and provide input for planning purposes. A meal will be served afterwards including pizza, salad and dessert (BYOB). Please RSVP here on SignUpGenius.

CLUB SECURITY POLICY (PLEASE READ)
We’ve had several cases recently where the court gates and clubhouse doors have been left open with no members present. This exposes us to the risk of damage from potential vandalism. Please review the PTPC security policy that applies to all members as follows. The gates to our tennis and pickleball courts, along with our bathroom, kitchen and storeroom doors are opened each morning at the start of Organized Play, but it’s important that they transition to being fully locked whenever members aren’t present. That means departing members must always check to see if they’re leaving the facilities vacant (no other members playing tennis or pickleball). If so, the departing member needs to invest time to ensure that all gates and clubhouse doors are locked. Thanks to all members for your following this important policy going forward.

2023 YOUTH TENNIS CLINIC
Our annual youth tennis clinic was held July 4-7, led by Coach Larry Brown with over 50 kids participating. For the most part, the weather cooperated and it was a GREAT week! A big thanks to Larry for organizing and delivering the clinic. We also send our appreciation to the following member volunteers who agreed to assist: Mike Carlson, Jeff & Nick Quinto, John DeMoss, Rob Cunningham, Bob Guilford, Walt Urick, Steve Tracy, and Tom & Rosemary Bloemsma. Please mark your calendars with the dates for our 2024 event: Monday, July 8th through Thursday, July 11th. The rain date is Friday, July 12th.

  

YOUTH DOUBLES PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT
This was the first year for this event, and it took place on July 28 with (10) participants from ages 9 to 16. We were fortunate to have members and parents serve as court monitors to help players with the game rules and scoring. The youngsters had a great time and everyone received a certificate

SEASONE FINALE: ORGANIZED PICKLEBALL & TENNIS / POTLUCK DINNER SOCIAL
Is back by popular demand! Sunday, August 27 from 5:00 – 8:30 PM. Don’t miss this fun event. We’ll play pickleball & tennis starting at 4 PM, followed by a POTLUCK DINNER that will start at 6 PM. Brats and burgers will be furnished. Bring a dish to pass and your own drinks. All PTPC members and their guests are welcome. Sign up on SignUpGenius if you’re playing in tennis or pickleball, and separately, sign up to attend the Potluck afterwards. Please note in the comment box what dish you’ll be sharing. Remember, you can play & eat, or just play, or just eat. The most important thing is for you to be there! Please spread the word.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Our professional pickleball instructor, Jim Logan, will be conducting a second clinic for Intermediate and Advanced players starting Monday, July 24, and ending on Monday, August 14. The cost of each 4-week clinic is $50.
INTERMEDIATE CLINIC ($50): Monday, July 24 & 31, Aug 7 & 14, 11am – 12:30pm
ADVANCED CLINIC ($50): Monday, July 24 & 31, Aug 7 & 14, 1pm – 2:30pm
If interested, click below and sign up for ALL FOUR sessions. Enrollment is limited so don’t hesitate.

POWERWASHING
The club maintains a SignUpGenius page for members to volunteer for court & grounds maintenance activities. After purchasing new power washing equipment, the club has added power washing to the list of items that members can sign up to help with. Training on the equipment took place on August 2nd, and work has already begun on cleaning the upper tennis courts. We encourage members to check it out and sign up for various maintenance tasks.

PENTWATER THIS WEEK
Our Club was featured in the latest issue ofPentwater This Weekwith a cover story on our 50th Anniversary in 2023. In addition, two of our esteemed, longtime members also received cover stories there recently. Click on the each of the links below to check out the story onLarry Casazza and another on Larry Lewis.

Women’s Doubles Pickleball Tournament Results
The event for 2023 was played on Thursday, July 13 from 6-9 PM. There were (12) ladies competing in the 3.5+ level. A very special thanks to Ron & Jan Gooding for doing an incredible job of organizing this event. We wish to also extend appreciation to the many volunteers and spectators who contributed to making it such a fun time.  We congratulate the winners.


MEN’S DOUBLES PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT RESULTS
The event for 2023 was played on Tuesday, July 11 from 6-9 PM. A very special thanks to Ron & Jan Gooding for doing an incredible job of organizing this event. We wish to also extend appreciation to the many volunteers and spectators who contributed to making it such a fun time.  We congratulate the winners.

MEN’S PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT RESULTS

The Rotating Partner event for 2023 was played on Tuesday, June 20 from 6-9 PM. There were (12) men competing in the 2.0-3.0 level, and another (12) competing in the 3.5+ level. A very special thanks to Ron & Jan Gooding for doing an incredible job of leading both this event, and the recent ladies equivalent. We wish to also extend appreciation to the many volunteers who contributed including Jeri Kett, Jodee Melse, Steve Howe and Ed & Jen Walker. Please check out the photo gallery to view photos of all the action. We congratulate the winners as follows.

  • In the Green Group (2.0 – 3.0) the top finishers were: 1st Place-Zachary Miller, 2nd Place-Andy Snider, 3rd Place-Tave Reser, and 4th Place-Byron Miller.
  • In the Blue Group (3.5+) the top finishers were: 1st Place-Mike Carlson, 2nd Place-Steve Alexander, 3rd Place-Ed Walker, and 4th Place-Jim Kett.

LADIES PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT RESULTS

The Ladies braved a cool and foggy night to finish (11) rounds of rotating partner play on Thursday, June 15th. There was some very impressive play on display across two skill levels, and there were plenty of spectators on hand to watch the impressive competition on all six courts.  Congratulations to all of the top finishers as listed below.  Please check out the photo gallery to view more good pictures of all the action.  
  • In the Green Group (2.0 – 3.0) the top finishers were: 1st Place-Christine Crumbaugh, 2nd Place-Kirsetin Morello, 3rd Place-Kelsey Prescott, and 4th Place-Jodi Stanowick
  • In the Blue Group (3.5+) the top finishers were: 1st Place-Valerie Alexander, 2nd Place-Paige Miller, 3rd Place-Tiffany Quinn, and 4th Place-Cindy DiPangrazio.

WIND SCREENS
Have arrived and a group will be meeting at the courts on Wednesday, June 21 at 1:30 PM to install them on fences. The objective of these windscreens is to improve our tennis & pickleball court’s playability, privacy and aesthetics.


Level 2 Tennis Organized Play (3.5-4.0)
Is in full swing now on Tuesday/ Thursday/ Saturday mornings for both the men and ladies. Being that we’re still relatively early in the season, the best turnout has been on Saturdays. The courts were full with (16) men and (6) ladies participating this past weekend. Since the two groups normally play at the same time and share our four tennis courts, in means that only (16) spots are available for doubles play. The organizers check SUG in advance, and whenever they see the number of participants exceeding the number available courts, we notify all participants that start times need to be staggered between the two groups (one group plays at 8 AM and the other at 10 AM). So, it’s very important that everyone sign up to play at least 24-hrs in advance). Please try to register your intent to participate in the appropriate group on SignUpGenius.
 

Conditional Membership Cap
The PTPC Board of Directors met on Wednesday, June 14th to discuss concerns around how quickly our club’s membership has continued to grow, and how that might impact things once a greater number of seasonal resident members show up wanting to play pickleball. The Club has added many new members this year, and although we’ve not yet reached peak season, we’ve seen times where the pickleball courts have become crowded during the morning session. 
Our current number of members sits at (289) as you can see tallied in the far right column of our online directory posted on the PTPC website. We could soon reach a point where the courts become overcrowded during organized play sessions, not to mention the likelihood that people might have difficulty finding a parking spot.  Much of the concern relates to the morning sessions, and a decision was made by the Board to take proactive steps to circumvent future problems.  The Board voted on and approved a policy whereby, if the Club reaches a total membership count of (325) before July 31, 2023, a temporary hold will be placed on our membership roster.  In the event that milestone is reached on or before that date, the PTPC will continue to accept new applications for membership, but any received would be placed on a waiting list, with the ability to have the applicant’s sponsoring member host them as a recurring guest during Open Play court times.  Any guest fees accrued during that time would be applied to the applicant’s future membership cost.  The Pickleball Committee will meet on June 19th to discuss any potential changes to how Organized Play will be managed, and membership will be kept abreast of any updates.


Potluck Appetizer Social
There was a great turnout last night on June 14 for the first of our Potluck Appetizer Socials.  More than (40) people hung out together on the patio to enjoy some great food and drink on a cool, foggy night in Pentwater.  We are looking forward to the next Social on Wednesday, July 12 at 6:00 PM.


Women’s Opening Breakfast
Thanks to Alina Shaver and the Social Committee for hosting the Women’s Opening Breakfast on June 9.  Fun was had by all with more than (40) women attending.  Several of our men were happy to stop by and help the ladies eat the overabundance of good food.  Everyone enjoyed a tasty array of breakfast entrees and beverages.  The ladies then played tennis or pickleball.  Please check out the photo gallery to view more good shots of all the action.  


 

BACKBOARD PROJECT
Thanks to Ron Gooding, John Melse, Steve & Jackie Tracy, Jim Kett and Mike Bass for their hard work in completing the tennis backboard construction and installation on May 9th. Lisa DeMoss was proud to be the very first member to use the backboard. It is now available for use on tennis court #3.


 

PTPC BOARD MEETING
The second PTPC Board meeting of 2023 was held on Monday, May 8th.  A copy of the meeting minutes can be found on the members page (password required).  The password can be found inside any of the last several 2022 newsletters, or you can contact us and we’ll send it to you.


 

PTPC CLUBHOUSE COURT & GROUNDS MAINTENANCE
The grounds committee has received tremendous support already this year with club opening / clean up activities, and we thank all those who contributed. We are once again seeking for volunteers for various recurring clubhouse, courts & grounds maintenance activities that are needed during the 2023 season. A SignUpGenius is now available for members to list their commitment to help out during the 2023 season. You can access the SignUp here, and commit to any available slots of your choosing.


REPLACEMENT KEYS
With the start of the new season, we often see requests for a replacement key to unlock the gates on each of our courts.  Members are encouraged to make one or more copies of the key they’ve been provided.  This helps to minimize additional work for our club volunteers.  Having said that, if you find yourself needing to replace a lost key, please contact Ron Gooding.  His email address is goodingptw@gmail.com.  He would be happy to help you out.  A cost of $5 per key will apply.


 

OPENING OF THE CLUBHOUSE
We now have a fully functioning clubhouse thanks to the considerable efforts from John Melse, Ron Gooding and Pokey Walicki. The waterline leak was repaired, and bleach was poured to rid the pipes of bacteria. Having said that, we remind you of the following. The clubhouse water exists for toilet use in the restrooms. It is not safe to be used as drinking water!!!


 

CRACK FILLER CREW
A dedicated group of volunteers worked on filling the cracks on the pickleball courts on Thursday, April 27. It only took the experienced crew (45) minutes to get the work done. Special thanks to Ron & Jan Gooding, Mike & Kati Guercio, Macy Felter, Fritz Baker and Ed Walker!


 

PROTECTING THE COURTS
The PTPC expended a sizable sum towards cement walkways during 2022.  The primary purpose was minimizing damage caused by small rocks getting tracked onto the courts.  In the interest of getting a strong return, members are asked to please try to stay on the sidewalks when entering and leaving the courts.  Any effort from members to wait until they’re on the cement pad or sidewalk area before changing into their court shoes would be much appreciated!


LUDINGTON PB TOURNAMENT

The Ludington Classic Pickleball Tournament 2023 Presented by Smith and Eddy Insurance is scheduled for September 8, 9 & 10, 2023.  Registration Fee $70.  Registrants will receive a tournament T-Shirt.  The schedule is: Friday- Women’s Doubles; Saturday- Mixed Doubles; Sunday – Men’s Doubles.  Registration opens May 1, 2023.  Interested participants should register here early to ensure a spot.


 

 SPRING CLEANUP 2023


A total of (19) members showed up on April 7th to help out with the Spring Cleanup!  They raked leaves, cleared debris off the courts, installed nets, and did great work to get everything looking great for the upcoming season.  We owe our thanks to all who participated!


 

A FEW COURTS ARE OPEN
Monday, April 3rd was a nice day in Pentwater, and the Gooding’s took advantage of it.  They removed the winter locks, and set up a couple of the nets.  Thanks to Ron & Jan, we have a single tennis court, and two pickleball courts, available for club use.  Our “Working Bee” day is still this Friday, April 7, at 1:00 PM.  It’s subject to change, so keep an eye on SignUpGenius.


 

PTPC DIRECTORY IN THE MAIL
The updated 2023 Membership Directory was mailed to all PTPC members, along with a letter from our Club PresidentJackie Tracy.  We regret that errors were reflected in the contact info for a few of our members.  We ask that you please contact us, if corrections are needed.  A PDF copy of the directory in located in the members section of the website, which can be accessed by clicking on the icon to the left (password required).


 

ANNUAL DUES STATEMENT
Enclosed in the same envelope with the Directory was an Annual Dues Statement.  We ask members to send their dues payment as soon as possible.  If you didn’t receive your annual directory, please let us know.


 

ONLINE MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY
Is available to all members in the “Protected Content” section of the website.  It is updated regularly with new member info.  All corrections received in response to the new directory have already been updated there.  Members will need to use the password provided to access the listing.  Please contact us if you need the password.


 

PTPC BOARD MEETING
The first PTPC Board meeting of 2023 was held on Monday, March 6th.  A copy of the meeting minutes can be found on the members page (password required).  The password can be found inside any of the last several 2022 newsletters, or you can contact us and we’ll send it to you


PERSONALIZE YOUR PICKLEBALL PADDLE WITH A MYPADL BANZ
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PTPC members should try to place group orders (50% discount for orders of at least four different name bands).

∞ Create yours now by clicking here


CEMENT WALKWAYS
We’re happy to report that construction of our concrete walkways was completed on Nov. 11. Click here to view the full gallery. The upgrade adds greatly to the appearance of our Club. Due to a slight funding shortfall, we continue to solicit contributions from our active court participants.

∞ Download the pledge form here


AMERICA’S FASTEST GROWING SPORT
Read the
 2021 news article describing our new entry sign and purpose-built renovations for the evolving sport of Pickleball. Fast forwarding to 2023, these changes have clearly contributed to keeping our facilities alive with activity from a fast growing membership!

Read the story


WANT TO LIVE LONGER? TAKE UP TENNIS!
In a 2018 study, tennis topped the list of sports proven to increase life expectancy. With a clear correlation between social interaction and longevity, it’s never too late for people of all ages to start playing Tennis and Pickleball. The key is to start now, and make the most of these benefits throughout your lifetime.

∞ Read the story

FALL CLEAN UP AND WINTERIZATION
A special “Shout Out” to our maintenance committee who made the winterization process smooth and efficient. Nearly (30) volunteers participated in our club’s winterization efforts on Friday, October 28. Most of those same members joined us the evening before at Pentwater Yacht Club for a joyous, season ending, happy hour event! Many, many thanks to Ron Gooding for coordinating the morning efforts, and to the Tracy’s, Gooding’s & Guercio’s for hosting the PYC get together. Though our bathrooms are now closed for the season, nets remain up on tennis “Court 1”, and pickleball “Courts 1, 3 and 4” to allow for further play. Once we start to see regular occurrences of snow in the forecast, all the nets will come down (clearing of snow off the courts could lead to court damage). The final season closing work bee is scheduled for December 1, when the nets will come down, final debris removed and the winter locks installed.


WINTER PICKLEBALL
Ludington Pickleball Club has Indoor pickleball available during the winter months at the
West Shore Community College Recreation Center and St. John’s Church. You can see the available play options on their website (you’ll need to follow the instructions on how to participate). Interested players should start by creating an account on PickleballDen.com. Once that’s completed, use the “search” function to locate the Ludington Area Pickleball Club. There is a $25 annual fee to join their club and participate (PB Den membership is included).


CEMENT WALKWAY PROJECT CAMPAIGN
Thanks to each of those families that have already contributed toward our goal of raising $24,000 to cover the actual cost of this needed enhancement project. To date, we’ve received pledges from (43) members totaling $17,650. The PTPC Board elected to move forward with this project on the assumption that the remaining amount that was needed would be raised by the end of the year. We ask that active playing members who have yet to contribute reply ASAP with their own pledge using the attached form. Please email your pledge forms to: PentwaterTennisClub@gmail.com; or checks/ forms can be sent via USPS to our mailing address: PTPC, PO Box 403, Pentwater, MI 49449.


CAPITAL CAMPAIGN UPDATE
The Capital Campaign kicked off in 2020 is ongoing, with an objective of paying for the $141,000 in already completed improvements to our Club facilities. To date we’ve received $104,260 in pledges, and $99,366 in cash payments, with the remaining pledges of $4,894 to be paid within the next two years. The Club still owes $7,500 for loan repayment. The Campaign Committee is hoping to receive $3,240 in additional pledges, which would raise our capital campaign total to $107,500, allowing us to pay off our loan, and rebuild our Club’s Reserve Fund. Capital Campaign pledges can be made in any amount by using the attached pledge form.


OH WHAT A NIGHT!!!
It was a great evening on August 30, with thirty members participating in the final Pickleball Ladder event of the season, and nearly (60) people joining the Potluck Dinner afterwards. The brats, burgers and delicious side dishes and desserts were quickly devoured and enjoyed by all. Many thanks to the Gooding’s & Kett’s for coordinating this fun year-end event, and to the Social Committee for stepping up to help with the potluck when it went viral! Special thanks to Linda & Don Baumann, Kelie Bond, Alina Shaver (for setting up the potluck and the clean up), Dan Sheehan (for cooking the hamburgers), Fritz & Suzi (for cooking the fries), John DiPangazio (dishwasher), Jodee & John Melse (clean up, locking gates and unloading trailer). Kudos to everyone that helped make the night such a success! Based on that, it’s a sure thing this event will be repeated in the coming years.


CLEANING LADY RECOMMENDATION
Our Club President- Jackie Tracy wants to share the following notice: “For the past several years, a loyal PTPC friend has provided very reasonable bi-monthly cleaning services. She is retiring this fall, and we are now looking for an individual to perform this work. The position involves the cleaning of our Club restrooms & kitchen, which requires a commitment of about 20-25 hours each summer at the hourly rate of $25. If you would like to recommend someone for this position, please contact Jackie Tracy.


GUEST FEES
Our Club uses an “honor system” approach to collecting guest fees, which means that each member who sponsors guests on our courts is responsible to keep his or her own records. Members are responsible to pay a daily guest fee of $10 for non-family, or $5 for immediate family (brothers, sisters, adult children). Guest fees can either be paid periodically as they accrue, or a total amount can be paid at the end of the season. Members can forward their accrued guest fees either by check, or through PayPal. Checks should be made payable to PTPC, PO Box 403, Pentwater, MI 49449.


MIXED DOUBLES 60+ TOURNAMENT
We had 15 teams participating in the Mixed Doubles Pairs 60+ Tournament on Sunday night, August 14. Congratulations to all the Championship Round finishers as follows!
1st – Mary Joslin & Jon Achenbaum
2nd – Val & Steve Alexander
3rd – Ann & Brad Hubbard
4th – Jeri & Jim Kett
5th – Jen & Ed Walker
6th – Jan Gooding & Ted Butz
7th – Cindy DiPangrazio & Steve Howe


TENNIS TOURNAMENT
The Club Memorial Tennis Tournament
was played on Saturday, August 6, 2022. It was a beautiful summer day, and fun was had by all. A rotating partners/ doubles round robin format was used with twelve players competing in separate Women’s and Men’s divisions. The top three finishers (out of eight) in the Men’s division were Jon Achenbaum, Mike Carlson and Jim Kett. The top finisher (out of four) in the ladies division was Dori Williams. Congratulations to all of them!


NOMINATING COMMITTEE
Club President Jackie Tracy has appointed John DiPangrazio, Jan Gooding and Walt Urick to be this year’s nominating committee. There is only one directorship that needs to be filled this year. If anyone is interested in serving on the board, please contact one of the nominating committee members.


ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING
Please join us for our annual meeting at 5:00 PM on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at the
Clubhouse of the Cottages, 400 S Clymer ST in Pentwater. The meeting will serve the purpose of electing a Director, reviewing committee reports and transacting other business that may come before the club’s membership. The meeting portion should conclude by 6 PM, followed by a pizza & salad supper (provided by the Club). Soft drinks will be available, or if some other beverage is preferred, members are encouraged to BYOB. Please RSVP here by August 16, so that adequate food arrangements can be made.


USED TENNIS & PICKLEBALLS
We collect them, so they can be handed out to spectators in the parade. We ask that you please drop them off at the PTPC clubhouse before Thursday, August 11th, so they can be bagged ahead of time.


HOMECOMING PARADE
The most fun you’ll ever have! All members & their families are invited to walk behind our PTPC vehicles and hand out balls to parade onlookers during the parade on Saturday, August 13th. Please report to the Pentwater School on Park ST by 3:45 PM, and look for our entry in the lineup. Wear your PTPC shirts & caps to let the community know who we are, and project a welcoming feel to potential members.


DOUBLES TENNIS TOURNAMENT
We had (8) teams of mixed doubles pairs competing in a round Robin tennis tournament on Saturday morning, July 23rd. Jim Kett did a great job as the tournament organizer and he reports that “everyone had a great time at the tournament, the there were really close scores between the top finishers.” Finishing in 1st place with (18) points was Dori & Hank Williams. There was a three-way tie for 2nd place with (17) points each: Brad Hubbard & Rachel Baker; Steve & Jackie Tracy; Abbie & Graham McWeeny. There was a two-way tie for 5th place with Jim Kett & Alina Shaver, and Jeff Quinto & Pam Howe.


WEEKLY TENNIS CLINIC
We’ve hosted a tennis clinic on the past two Monday mornings, and our Club President Jackie Tracy was a participant last week. She reports “the clinic went really well and everyone got a great workout.” Please join us on Monday mornings for ball feeds and drills to improve your tennis skills. Contact: john.dipangrazio@gmail.com.


MEN’S & WOMEN’S PICKLEBALL DOUBLES TOURNAMENT
Ron and Jan Gooding did another tremendous job of putting together this fun event, with (32) PTPC members participating. View the photos here. Thanks to: Fritz Baker, Steve Howe and Ed Walker for getting the courts dried off in time for our 8:00 AM start. The tournament was finished in a little over 2 hours. Congratulations to the winners as follows.

  • Women: 1st Place – Tina Walker & Tiffaney Quinn; 2nd Place – Connie Eifert & Amy Maffeo; 3rd Place – Jackie Tracy & Cindy DiPangrazio
  • Men: 1st Place – Steve Howe & Ed Walker; 2nd Place – Jim Kett & Dave Dornseif; 3rd Place – Steve Tracy & Jon Veurink

BEGINNER’S PICKLEBALL CLINIC
PTPC hosted an “Adult Beginner’s Pickleball Clinic” on July 12 where candidates learned to play what is perhaps the fastest growing sport in the world. The event was jam-packed with (22) participants, eleven of which were existing members. According to organizers Ron & Jan Gooding, the participants had fun and raved about the patience of the coaches and how much they hope to continue playing and improving. Ron Gooding was the lead instructor, accompanied by eleven volunteer coaches on the courts. 
Below are two group photos: First is all the participants in the clinic. Second is all of the volunteer coaches (from left to right: Kendra Flynn, Jen Walker, Ed Walker, Mary Hannigan, Fritz Baker, Mike Guercio, Kati Guercio, Jodee Melse, Tricia Zangara, John Melse, Pete Zangara. Not pictured: Ron & Jan Gooding).


ANNUAL PENTWATER-LUDINGTON TENNIS MATCH
It had been ten-plus years since our men had last triumphed in the annual ‘Broken Toe’ Tournament. Those that were present at the Schoenherr Tennis Center on Saturday, July 9th witnessed a rare and exhilarating win, with the men eking out victories in five-out-of-nine doubles matches. Our ladies were but a few key points away (in a handful of close matches) from defending their title from last year, with two wins in seven matches. Click on the link to read the local news article and official results. Thanks to all the players, spectators and volunteers that helped, and special thanks to Pam and Steve Howe for serving lunch. Additional photos from a day that won’t soon be forgotten are located on theGallerytab.


YOUTH TENNIS CLINIC
Kudos to Coach Larry Brown for running another fabulous camp this year. There was a good turnout with great weather, including (30) kids in the “10 and under group” and (18) in the “11 year old plus” group. It was great to see all the smiles while the kids learned values that tennis teaches them about life, and to see them approach the fundamentals of tennis. Photos can be viewed on the ‘Gallery‘ tab of our website. Many thanks to the following members who came out to support Coach Larry throughout the week: Steve & Jackie Tracy, Alina Shaver, Dori Williams, Graham McWeeney, Bobby & Colleen Monfort, Ted Butz, Steve & Pam Howe, Jeff Quinto, and John & Cindy DiPangrazio. Special thanks to Tom & Rosemary Bloemsma who are back at the helm coordinating the rigorous registration process with Walt Urick. Thanks also to Robin & her crew at Gordy’s Skate Co for our annual t-shirt order.


JIM LOGAN PICKLEBALL CLINICS
Another round of Intermediate and Advanced clinic sessions will soon be underway on Wednesdays (starting on July 20 over four consecutive weeks). The Intermediate Class starts at 11:00 AM, and the Advanced Class at 1:00 PM. The Intermediate Class is almost full already, and the Advanced Class can also take a few more. Jim has expressed a willingness to offer another Beginner’s Class, if at least (8) people contact him to express their interest. It would likely be held on Fridays, 2:30—4:00 PM (starting on July 22 over four consecutive weeks). To register or inquire about any of these clinics, please contact: jimlogancactuspb@gmail.com.


PTPC PICKLEBALL MACHINE
A member of our club has graciously purchased the “Pickleball Tutor” machine that was previously owned by Ron & Jan Gooding, and donated it back to the Club. Any member can now have easy access to the machine (located in our club’s storage room) for skills improvement purposes. The machine is a bit complicated, so introductory training is a prerequisite for use. There are three opportunities for members to attend a short session conducted by Ron (July 18, 19 or 20 at 10:00 AM). Trained members can then, in turn, instruct others.


LEAVING THE COURTS
Just a friendly reminder that whenever the court you’re playing is left empty upon your departure, please check to ensure all gates have been locked. In the case of pickleball, all four gates should be locked. Also, if you appear to be leaving the Club entirely empty, please check to ensure the restrooms and other clubhouse doors have all been locked.


COURT SHOES
This is a reminder that shoes such as crocs, sandals and running shoes are not to be worn on the courts. We recently sent a note to members on the topic of keeping tennis and pickleball safe. It referred to our Club policy on wearing proper court shoes. You can read it here.


RACKET RESTRINGING
Access the flyer here
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  • LUDINGTON: NOAH LAMAN Call or text @ 231-233-9338
    Price: $40 (synthetic gut included, or you can provide your own strings)
  • MUSKEGON: BEN LASSANSKE Call or text @ 231-557-1685
    Excellent service for custom restringing (USRSA Certified Stringer). He accepts drop off appointments, but if we can identify a minimum of 5 or 6 rackets needing service, he’s willing to make a trip up here on a pre-arranged date & time, and service all of them on the spot, same day. Contact John DiPangrazio and let him know how many rackets you would like to have restrung. 

JULY SOCIAL
Another successful PTPC Social took place on Wednesday, July 13th that was attended by (40) members & guests. Kudos to the Social Committee under Linda Baumann! The Annual Membership Meeting on August 18th will serve as our August Social event.


RECENT VANDALISM
The Club was impacted by some minor vandalism sometime during the July 9-10 timeframe. All three picnic tables had political messages written on them in permanent magic marker. A police report was filed, the maintenance committee reversed the boards on the tables just in time for our major club events on July 12 & 13. These same messages were discovered and reported in at least two other locations in the county. Please keep an eye out for anyone suspicious and report them to club leadership, or
pentwatertennisclub@gmail.com.