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Updated 8/8/2022

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!

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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:

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


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).

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. 

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.

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:

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. 

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. 

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.

Access the flyer here

  • 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. 


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.

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


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