LWR Pickleball News: September

Open Play:

Open play at Del Webb will no longer be available as of September 17th.

Open play at Lakewood National ends September 30thexcept as follows:

Thursday’s 10-12 Intermediates and Friday’s 8:30-10 Advanced


Lakewood National is teaming with LWR Pickleball Club to offer some events and clinics.  Details are forthcoming with the first event November 2ndRound Robin Novice (2.5-3.0).  The Plus 4 Challenge is November 16th.  A singles event is also being planned.

 Sandhill Classic:

Registration is now open for this years “Sandhill Classic” October 9-12 at Lakewood National until 9/20.

Please go to:

Select tournaments/future tournaments/then search in Florida,

Scroll down a bit until you see “Sandhill Classic”

Mixed Doubles 10/9 skill 3.0 & 3.5

Men’s Doubles 10/10 1pm 3.0, 10/11 1pm 3.5, 10/12 8:15am 4.0 & 4.5

Women’s Doubles 10/10 8:15am 3.0, 10/11 at 8:15am 3.5

League Play:

Opening play starts October 26th.  I would like to see if we could start another at large team like Manatee’s.  If you would like to help by being captain let me know.  It would play in the social side and be called “Ranchers”.

I will also be starting the free introduction clinics at the LWR H.S. starting October 5th.  Let me know if you would like to help and learn how to teach beginners.

County Parks Update:

Still no work on courts at the LWR High School.

USAPA: If you are not currently a member of USAPA, please consider

joining by going to

Equipment: Onix Pickleball merchandise is being offered as a

member benefit, select Equipment tab on our website for offerings.

Also, visit Pickleball Sarasota (Skybox Sports)

and give them code VIPBOB to get your special gift/discount and to

sign up for their monthly newsletter with coupons.

For more local information please ask Pickleball Terry to add you to her weekly email at:


Current Membership: 337 paid + 106 affiliates.

We have improved our invoicing capability so members will automatically receive

their yearly $15 renewal and given the opportunity to opt out.

This will also reduce operating costs.

Tip of the month:

Solid Doubles Play starts here: “Get to the Net”

  1. Get to the Net a.s.a.p.
  2. Serve no faults (in center) stay behind the service line
  3. Return of serve should be soft/deep/middle of court
  4. Get to the Non-Volley Zone (NVZ) a.s.a.p. after return of serve
  5. Stay linked to partner and reposition as necessary
  6. The third shot is normally a drop in kitchen shot, unless its short enough to drive it low.
  7. Hinder the other teams forward progress by keeping them back
  8. While dinking, wait till opponents make a mistake, push them to backhand
  9. Hit soft when opponents are at the net
  10. Keep them back if possible
  11. Avoid low % shots

Bob Haskin, IPTPA, PPR Certified

President LWR PB Club

Team Onix

LWR Pickleball League

The LWR Pickleball Club League :

Purpose is to promote competitive and social play between LWR Communities and non affiliated players.

Currently there are 8 teams competing from October-March the 2nd and 4th Saturday’s monthly.

Players with USAPA skill level of 3.0-4.0 are welcome with other social play opportunities being developed.

If interested in joining a team, please contact us.

LWR Pickleball Club Spring League Final Standings:

1)Manatee  75 pts
2)River Strand

58 pts

3) Indigo 37 pts
1)Country Club 63 pts
2) Stoneybrook 46 pts
3) National 31 pts
Team Esplanade Winners 2018-19 LWR Pickleball Club

Plus 4 Challenge

Congratulations to the following for placing in the first LWR Pickleball Plus 4 Challenge.

Competetion was tight with five tied after the first round robin play at 52 points.

  1. Nate Griffin
  2. Gavin Thomas
  3. Kent Gardner
  4. Dan Pechtol

Items/Equipment for Sale

We have some Yellow Sandhill Classic shirts for sale @$10

We also have many Blue Club Logo Towels for $7

2018 Lakewood Ranch Pickleball Sandhill Classic Results




  • Gold: Nova Grande & Sally Nista
  • Silver: Mary Maxwell & Sonja Reed
  • Bronze: Christine Hayashi & Allison Samona


  • Gold: Barb Westermeier & Judith Robertson
  • Silver: Beth Gambrell & Cindy Thomas
  • Bronze Michelle Ionne & Susi Ruettimann



  • Gold: Angelo Blanda & Robert Tobias
  • Silver: Drew Gordon & Joushua Linney
  • Bronze: John McGory & Dennis Grove 3.5


  • Gold: Mario Martino & Bruce Chipurnoi
  • Silver: Joe Pasquale & Luc Lucero
  • Bronze: Robert Burns & Jerry Jones


  • Gold: Josh Jeffcott & Corey Knapp
  • Silver: Scott Barker & Gavin Thomas
  • Bronze: Bryane Kowaleski & Doug Dundon



  • Gold: Dennis Stacy & Leslie Witczak
  • Silver: Norm Bowman & Doreen Bowman
  • Bronze: John McGrory & Margaret Abbott


  • Gold: Jerry Jones & Beth Gambrell
  • Silver: Luc Lucero & Elizabeth Warrier
  • Bronze: Gary Eichmeyer & Susi Ruettimann


  • Gold: Scott Barker & Janet Cauchi
  • Silver: Dan Pechtol & Sandy Rice
  • Bronze: Mario Martino & Lizane Nadon