A group of club members traveled to Bend last week for the Oregon Sr. Games at the impressive 16 court complex of the Bend Pickleball Club. It sits in a beautiful grass and forested park, with the peaks of the snow-covered Sisters mountain range in the background.
They also enjoyed a delicious steak BBQ awards party and entertainment beneath the breathtaking cliffside canyon and rushing waters of the Deschutes River.
The 3-day tourney was large and tough with players from 10 states and Canada.
Medals were won by the “old Boise High School buddies” duo: Dick Johnson & Tim Gleason.
Gold 70 Men’s Doubles — Dick & Tim fought their way back up through the losers’ bracket to successfully defend this title which they had also won last year.
Gold 70 Men’s Singles — Tim improved from last year’s Silver to Gold this year.
Silver 75 Men’s Singles — Dick played well in the final against Bob Robillard, the 2014 Nationals Silver medalist and Dick’s partner in the doubles team who won Gold in this year’s Arizona State Games.
Gold 70 Mixed Doubles — Dick and Betty Silver played down against younger players to win this large and tough bracket. Both 75, they were among the oldest players in the tourney.