Pick – A – Lympics

We will be having an end of the season skills event called “Pick – A – Lympics” on Wednesday, March 28th.

  • Competition is from Noon – 3 PM
  • Registration and lunch are from 11 AM-Noon, at the Pickleball Pavilion.
  • Cost is $5 for the event and lunch – lunch will be hamburgers or hotdogs, chips and drink.

This will be a fun event that showcases the best shots that pickleball players have and is open to all levels of skill.
There will be a men’s and women’s division and 2 skill levels in each division.

  • Novice – 3.0
  • 3.5 – +

10 courts will be set up to test your shot skills, with points being scored for accuracy in each skill.
Prizes and medals will be awarded to the top 2 finishers in each men’s and women’s division.

Volunteers are needed to run this event.  Please email me if you would like to volunteer.

Let’s make this event, a perfect way to end the season, as a majority of Snowbirds (Heat Chicken’s) start to leave us for the summer.


Pickleball clinic’s with Laura Kovanda

Our own Laura Fenton Kovanda will be holding pickleball clinics on March 27th and 29th. This is open to all club members. Laura is a professional pickleball player and instructor with many gold medals and championships to her name.

On March 27th, the clinics will be for 3.0 – 3.5 level starting at 3:00 – 4:30 PM and again from 4:30 – 6:00 PM

On March 29th, the clinics will be for 4.0+ starting at 4:30 – 6:00 PM

Cost for each of these 3 clinics is $40.

Please contact Laura Fenton Kovanda to secure your spot in the clinic email Laura or calling her at 702-468-6337


Membership Meeting Tuesday March 13th

Sun City Grand Pickleball Club

Meeting Agenda

Date March 13, 2018

Time 3:00PM- Agua Fria Room

Type of Meeting: General Membership Meeting
Meeting Facilitator: Troy Konz
Invitees: All Active Club Members

  1. Approval of minutes from last meeting
  2. Officers Reports – Treasurer
  3. Committee Reports – Sponsorship, Volunteer of the Quarter
  4. Old Business
  1. Internal tournament – results
  2. Court maintenance – CAM no longer cleaning the courts
  3. Ball machines – we now have 5 machines to use – contact Troy, Victor or Garth to set up machines
  4. Spring Fling party – recap – Linda
  5. Baseball game – Marlene to update
  6. CPR training – St Luke’s – Mel Langer to update
  1. New business
  1. Budget change – court maintenance machine – Membership Vote
  2. Pickleball skills Olympics – Pick-A-Lympics – March 28 – Noon – 3PM
  3. Internal Tournament – Pick your Partner – Nov 28, 29, 30 – Skill level – $20
  4. Holiday Party – December 6 – Thadeous Rose Band – Linda D to update
  5. Pro Am – Play with a Pro event – December 16 – Noon start – benefits A Soldiers Best Friend
  6. External Tournament – January 2019 – Southwest Regional – Linda H
  7. Tournament medalists
  1. Announcements
  1.  Extra Women’s shirts from the tournament – M and XL
  1. Adjournment

Passing of Gary Wilford

It is with great sadness that I let everyone know that Gary Wilford passed away early in the morning of March 6th after suffering a massive stroke on March 3rd.

Gary and Ferne were from Kamloops, Canada and have been in Grand about 6 to 8 years and playing pickleball all that time.

Gary had collected antique guns and they had participated in reenactments over weekends where they camped out, cooked over an open fire in cast iron cookware, and dressed in period clothes. They also enjoyed snowmobiling during the winter and motorcycling in the warmer weather.

Ferne noticed Gary was not responding after lunch on Friday. Ferne reached out to her neighbor to come over and the neighbor’s handyman (a paramedic) also came to look at Gary and determined Gary was having or had a stroke and advised Ferne to call 911 which she did, and Gary was taken to Del Webb. At Del Webb it was determined that Gary had to be airlifted to Banner University Medical Center. Gary had tests and surgery, and on Sunday he had more tests and it was determined that he’d had a massive stroke and would not recover. Ferne was advised to have him in Hospice which she did, and he passed away at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday morning. He was cremated and did not want a service.

Gary was always a fixture on the courts, whether he was playing or not. He engaged everyone in conversation with a kind word and asking how we all were doing.

There will not be a memorial or service per Gary’s request, but his wife Ferne would appreciate visits to their home. Please take a moment or two to remember Gary and keep Fern in your thoughts as well.

It’s at times like these, that we as club members and friends need to come together to help one another get through life’s tough times. Gary will truly be missed by everyone he came in contact with.

Below is information from those wishing to help. Please support them in this.

Linda Durkee is collecting donations on behalf of the Wilford’s. Linda will be collecting funds from her Pickleball group as well as will Leni with their other Pickleball and Grand Stitcher friends.

Please let people know to contact Linda to provide donations (email Linda) OR she will be accepting donations at the Pickleball Courts on Sunday, March 11th between Noon – 2:00pm. They can also send their contribution and card directly to Ferne Wilford, 16324 W. Salado Creek Dr., Surprise, AZ 85387.


Pickleball club volunteer of the quarter



    April – June 2018


Volunteers are the lifeblood 0f the Pickleball Club’s Success

“Generous with their time and talents they bring many incredible charitable and community endeavors.  Recognizing these individuals for their valuable contributions is an essential part of the club.”

 The Board is asking members to submit volunteer names for the second quarter Club volunteer appreciation award. 

We have attached the Volunteer Award Criteria and the Form to submit candidates.  You can either bring your completed form to the member meeting on March 13th or send email to Colleen Grimes or Linda Durkee.

The deadline for submission is March 23, 2018.



In house Tournament Medal Winners

We finished our first in house Pickleball tournament today. With over 200 club members participating over the past two days, I feel it was a huge success.

I can’t thank John Grasso, Linda Hoggatt, Rock Kane, Ross Nunnweiler, Pauline Avery, and all of the volunteers who helped get the courts ready, did snacks, refereed, ran the registration table, ran the refs table, cooked the food, and all of the fantastic players who participated, made this one of the best events ever.

I hope all enjoyed it and will do it again during our next event.

Congratulations to all of the medal winners.


Men’s Doubles Medal Winners
2.5 GOLD Gary Heim 4.0 GOLD Earle Greenberg
Tim Korevec Troy Konz
SILVER Tom Simonson SILVER Dave Walker
Jerry Elsen Larry Laux
BRONZE Gary Ruege BRONZE Rob White
Tom Bigler Rick Folk
3.0 GOLD Manny Strauch 4.5 GOLD Brian Kapping
Gary Blake Darren Duncan
SILVER Dave Nathe SILVER Doug Dawson
Jim Maddox Ron Dietrich
BRONZE Jon McCammon BRONZE John Savoy
Randy Campbell Russ Nunweiler
3.5 GOLD Ed Campbell 5.0 GOLD Pat Kane
Paul Sprugeon Tim Speer
SILVER Mike Butler SILVER Jim Hackenberg
Rick Marring John Grasso
BRONZE Luis Rodriguez BRONZE David Nedelman
Bob Schoeler Mike Deaton
Women’s Doubles Medal Winners
Novice GOLD Char Yurkunas 3.5 GOLD Jennie Riazanski
Cherie Young Julie Billets
SILVER Diane Gibbons SILVER Mary Sluzinski
Kathie Rowley Pam Speer
BRONZE Barb Thompson BRONZE Wendy Markley
Betsy Killan Laura Forbes/ Brickler
2.5 GOLD Sue Speidol 4.0 GOLD Barbara Larson
LaVonne Neufeld Marlene Berwald
SILVER Ethel Krentz SILVER Elizabeth Folk
Sandra Myers Jane White
BRONZE Kathy Boland BRONZE Susan Weidenbach
Vicki Sexton Robbi Chiappini
3.0 GOLD Jen Lorenz 5.0 GOLD Lisa Hickox
Belinda Richard Laura Fenton Kovanda
SILVER Pat Martin SILVER Yvonne Hackenberg
Anita Britton Roxanne Pierce
BRONZE Barb Lee BRONZE Linda Hoggatt
Ginny Moreno Mona Burnett
Mixed Doubles Medal Winners
2.5 GOLD Lon Gerbasi 4.0 GOLD Rob White
Renee Bigler Jane White
SILVER Gary Heim SILVER Laura Forbes
Carol White Larry Laux
BRONZE Ethel Krentz BRONZE Earle Greenberg
Jim Barbour Marlene Berwald
3.0 GOLD Jen Lorenz 5.0 GOLD Pat Kane
Fred Wright Laura Fenton Kovanda
SILVER Karen Gioia SILVER Jim Hackenberg
John Boland Yvonne Hackenberg
BRONZE Julie Kerkoff BRONZE Darren Duncan
Tim Kerkoff Mona Burnett
3.5 GOLD Mike Davies
Wendy Markley
SILVER Bob Schoeler
Judy Rodriguez
BRONZE John Freiermuth
Pam Speer