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APTA and PPTA Comes to Lagunitas CC and NorCal
(PPTA Professional and Head Racquets Pro Lagunitas CC)
What a fantastic paddle weekend at Lagunitas CC in Ross, CA, October 7-9! It's always so much fun after tons of work by many people to see something come together as well as it did. This event was over 6 months in the planning.
First, thanks goes to the APTA, the PPTA and Wilson Sports for sponsoring the event, and especially Juan Arraya and his merry band of PPTA pros, Alex Bancila, Mark Parsons and Drew Broderick, for making the cross country trek. Yes we scored! somehow we got members of the #2, #3 and #4 teams in the country for our clinics and exhibition, and we were thrilled. To say it was outstanding would be an understatement. The quality of instruction was incredible; teaching us all how the game is played currently. Then they treated over 100 eager spectators to an exhibition that left us all gasping and wanting more, but unfortunately they had a plane to catch. Their expertise, energy and humor delighted all who were lucky enough to be on the court with them and watch them play.
We managed to fill every spot of the clinics we offered. We had 60 Lagunitas CC members on Friday and Saturday, 25 new enthusiastic players (hopefully converts) on Sunday and 16 juniors on Friday night. By my math that is 101 players who benefited from this event. Our LCC paddle program has grown tremendously the last 4 years. The next frontier for us as a club and an area is the hope that another club will fall in love with this addicting racquet sport and put in some courts! Then watch us take off!
On this end, the kudos go to Hendy Dayton, our APTA Region 6 representative, and Beach Kuhl, former APTA board member, for getting the pros here; to Tom Mayes and Ned Lanphier for their recruiting efforts; to Edward Lanphier for hosting the pros; and Nick Hoppe for treating the pros to dinner at his Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant Cioppino’s. I think they were almost too tired to even enjoy their dinner. But they did get to cross the Golden Gate Bridge four times- and that never gets old!
Our hope is that they will make the trek a yearly event.