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Updated September 21, 2023

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 (
Deadline for receipt of letters of interest is October 1, 2023.
We are seeking candidates who possess significant financial literacy, and can show evidence of accurate record keeping skills and close attention to detail.
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.

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

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 is included in their contacts folder, to avoid having our messages sent to your SPAM folder.


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.


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.


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 Memoriam 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


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.


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.


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 on Larry 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.

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