The First Annual US Open Pickleball Championships sponsored by Minto just recently were held at the East Naples Community Park in Naples, Florida from April 26-May 1, 2016.
There were over 800 players that participated that represented 39 States; 7 Countries and pickleball games that were played on 48 courts, with 33 of these courts featuring Deco Turf cushion and a Zing Zang Championship Court.
The State of Maine was well-represented with 13 individuals who attended the “Be a part of history” event!
Those enthusiasts were:
Ø Fayette: Jeanne LaFlamme
Ø Falmouth: Linda and Charlie Einsiedler, John Lightbody, Rob Rowse
and Mary Whited
Ø Kennebunkport: Bill Case
Ø North Monmouth: Jon Capozza
Ø Portland: Rocky and Anne Clark
Ø Scarborough: Steve Gifford
Ø Westbrook: Robin Kessler
Ø Winthrop: Ann Theriault
There were 153 Gold Medals Awarded in 86 Different Brackets.
Maine was fortunate to have two participants to bring home medals:
- In the Mens Doubles Age Groups 70+
The team of John Lightbody from Falmouth, ME (Age 70)
and Roland Calingasan from Clifton Park, NY (Age 70)
were each awarded a Bronze Medal in this Bracket
- In the Mens Doubles Age Groups 65+
The team of Jon Capozza from North Monmouth, ME/
Naples, FL (Age 68) and Jim Stuckey from Naples, FL
(Age 69) were each awarded a Silver Medal in this Bracket.
Amazing work, guys…..we are incredibly proud of you!
Take care and see you on the courts!
Susan E. Starbird
Bangor Area Pickleball Communications Director