Beat the Heat is in the books!

bannerThe Beat the Heat Pickleball tournament held August 12-14 at the Angel Fire Resort Tennis Center was a huge success!  Thanks all who participated and volunteered!

And a very special thanks to our many sponsors!!

  • Banner Sponsors:
    • Angel Fire Chiropractic
    • Angel Fire Resort
    • Angel Fire Rentals
    • Hail’s Holy Smoked Barbeque
    • Lindsey Custom Builders
    • Mountain Sports
    • ReMax Mountain Realty
    • Santa Fe Oils/Doterra
    • SS Rocks y Mas
  • Goody bag and other items:
    • Lowe’s Grocery
    • Roz and Henry Garland
    • Brett Hall
    • Colfax General
    • Coldwell Banker Realty
    • Angel Fire Baptist Church

Click here to check out the pictures on our facebook page!


2.5 3.0
Gold Nanci Bush Gold Joe Tom Whillock
Silver Ann Schwartz Silver Bubba Davis
Bronze Melissa Grassmick Bronze Curt Camp
3.5 3.5
Gold Sharon Allen Gold Aaron Brian
Silver Dana Otey Silver Jim Jeffcoat
Bronze Jamie Elliott Bronze Ed Smith
4.5 4.0
Gold Susan Henderson Gold Patrick Quist
Silver David Henson
Bronze Rick Hooker
2.5 2.5
Gold Pam Hasford Gold  Baylor Dunavin
Ann Schwartz Cutter Camp
Silver Eva Myers Silver Bill Bush
Sharon Dickerson Phil Cohen
Bronze Betty Newell
Carol Ann Martz
3.0 3.0
Gold Debbie Smith Gold Joe Tom Whillock
Diane Robertson George McCulley
Silver Beverly Melvin Silver Ronnie Melvin
Glanita Roberts Roger Johnson
Bronze Claudette Maitland Bronze Jarrod Haddon
Chris Mershon Curt Camp
3.5 3.5
Gold Dana Otey Gold Jim Jeffcoat
Barbara Mock Aaron Brian
Silver Rita Nussbaum Silver Randy Temple
Stephanie Royo Bob Myers
Bronze Judy Griffin Bronze Stephen Morris
Nancy Hooker Bubba Davis
4.0 4.0
Gold Gigi Higdon Gold David Henson
Debra Davis Rick Hooker
Silver Susan Henderson Silver Bill Freydberg
Sharon Allen Patrick Quist
Bronze Leanne Smith Bronze Ronny Smith
Lawanna Quist Jim Nussbaum
Gold Penny Forgette
Joyce Helgesen
2.5 3.5
Gold Tanner Henson Gold Bob Myers
Sherise Henson Chris Mershon
Silver Phil Cohen Silver Stephen Morris
Ann Schwartz Dana Otey
Bronze John Brian Bronze Randy Temple
Sharon Dickerson Graceanna Holder
3.0 4.0
Gold Joe Tom Whillock Gold Adam Seitchik
Glanita Roberts Jane Seitchik
Silver Ronnie Melvin Silver David Henson
Beverly Melvin Jamie Elliott
Bronze Mike Jackson Bronze Joyce Montoya-Helgensen
Carolyn Jackson Larry Lite

We hope everyone had a great time, and we hope to see you next year!!!

Beat the Heat!

For all the latest information about our tournament, including lodging information, click here for the Beat the Heat Tournament page!

We are happy to announce that the Angel Fire Pickleball Club will host the “Beat the Heat” Pickleball Tournament on August 12-14, 2016 in beautiful Angel Fire, New Mexico.

The tournament will be played on the outdoor tennis courts at the Angel Fire Resort.

Skill based tournament – Skill levels are: 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 plus


  • Singles on Friday, August 12
  • Men’s Doubles on Saturday August 13
  • Women’s Doubles on Saturday August 13
  • Mixed Doubles on Sunday, August 14

Temperatures in Angel Fire range from 45 to 80 degrees in August.  Beat that!

Click here for registration form!

For more information contact us at

Deadline to register is August 4, 2016 at 5:00pm.

Huntsman World Senior Games

Our own Rick Hooker participated in the Huntsman World Senior Games October 12-16.  The Games offered 28 different sports to more than 10,500 athletes from all 50 of the United States and from 19 different countries. It is a phenomenal event.

Registration for pickleball filled 500 slots in three days!  In the end, there were 548 players and 1398 matches!

Click here to see a video recap of the action courtesy of the Pickleball Channel!

We got to see lots of our pickleball friends from NM and Colorado.  Here’s a photo with the NM contingent:


Don and Vicki Noakes, Rick, Nabil Merhi and Leanne Smith.  They all represented well!

Angel Fire Results from Albuquerque September Tourney

The Albuquerque Tournament was held on September 18th-20th with singles, men’s doubles and women’s doubles along with mixed doubles matches.  Approximately 130 players from NM, AZ, CO, and TX. Angel Fire had 8 players participating.

  • Brian Nystrom gold in men’s singles 3.5
  • Penny Gentile gold in women’s 4.0
  • Rick Hooker and partner Elijah Dee won bronze in men’s doubles 4.0.
  • Penny Gentile and Debra Davis won gold in women’s 4.0
  • Penny Gentile and partner Elijah Dee won bronze in mixed doubles 4.0.
  • Also participating from Angel Fire were Claudette Maitland, Shirley Rabuck, Jamie Elliott and Bubba Davis.


More from the Great Plains Tourney

Our friend Judy from the NMPA Board – New Mexico Pickleball Association – ABQ Chapter compiled the results from all of the New Mexico participants.  Thanks for sharing!  And we reiterate our congratulations to all of the participants.


Congratulations to all 18 participants from New Mexico (Albuquerque, Angel Fire, and Santa Fe) who competed in the Great Plains Regional Tournament in Colorado Springs, September 9-12.
Wishing a speedy recovery to Steven Paull who was not able to participate due to an injury.

Participants and Medal Winners:

Bud Schwartz – Bronze, mixed, 55+, 3.5
Dennis Runyan – Bronze, MD, 65+, 4.0; Gold, mixed, 70+, 4.5
Elijah Dee – Gold, mixed,35+, 4.0; Silver MD, 35+, 4.0
Jim McPherson – Gold, mixed, 75+, 4.0; Gold MD, 75+, 4.0
Judy Aron – Silver, WD, 65+, 4.0
Judy Griffin – Gold, mixed, 75+, 4.0; Gold, singles, 75+, 3.5
Larry Burke – Gold, singles, 65+, 3.0
Larry Lite – MD, 65+, 4.0; mixed, 65+, 4.0; MD 60+, 4.0
Linda Valencia – Silver, mixed, 60+, 3.5
Micheline Runyan – Silver, WD, 70+, 3.0; Gold, mixed 70+, 3.0
Nabil Merhi – Gold, singles, 60+, 5.0; Silver, MD, 60+, 4.5; Gold, mixed, 60+, 5.0
Penny Gentile – Gold, WD, 35+, 4.0; Gold, mixed, 35+, 4.0; Silver, singles, 35+, 4.0
Ram Pereyra – Gold, MD, 65+, 3.5
Randy Gibson – Silver, mixed, 60+, 3.5
Ray Thomas – Silver, MD, 65+, 4.0
Rick Hooker – Silver, singles,60+, 3.5
Virgie Henderson – Silver, WD, 65+, 4.0

Great Plains Regional Pickleball Tournament 2015 Results

Several members of the Angel Fire Pickleball Club participated in the Great Plains Regional Pickleball Tournament held in Colorado Springs September 10-13. There were approximately 250 participants from 19 states, Mexico and Canada. The format was skill-based age.

In singles action, Judy Griffin took gold in the 75-79 women’s bracket, Rick Hooker took silver in the 60-64 men’s bracket, and Penny Gentile silver in 35-39 women’s bracket.

In mixed doubles, Judy Griffin and Jim McPherson took gold in the 75-79 bracket, Bud Schwartz and his partner took bronze in 55-59, and Penny Gentile and her partner Elijah Dee took gold in 35-39.

In women’s doubles, Penny Gentile and her partner took gold in the 35-39 bracket and Judy Griffin and her partner took gold in 75-79.

In men’s doubles, Jim McPherson and his partner took gold in 75-79.
There were many participants from New Mexico, and we got to catch up with some of our ABQ friends as well as make new ones!  The Tourney was well-run and all the folks were so friendly. 

Congratulations to all of the participants for making such a great showing for Angel Fire!
L-R:  Jim McPherson, Judy Griffin, Penny Gentile, Rick Hooker, Bud Schwartz
For more pictures, click here

Albuquerque Senior Olympics Qualifier Tournament March 27/28

Congratulations to Gretchen, Brian, Buddy and Rick who all qualified for the New Mexico Senior Olympics at the Albuquerque tournament on March 27 and 28.  And thanks to our friends in Albuquerque for putting on a fun and well-run tournament!



Overall results as communicated by Gary Rutherford:

​​Congrats to all the participants of the Senior Olympics at Manzano Mesa. Special thanks to Mo and Randy, Gretchen, Dale and the other tournament organizers/communicators. Also, to all those who reffed (there were many of you) and manned the desk (Mo, Shirley, Belinda). The results are:
Womens singles:             Mens singles:
gold Joyce Helgeson       Brian Nystrom
gold Mo Wright                Tony Teague
silver Randy Wright

gold Gail Gourley             Rick Hooker
silver                                Gopal Rao
bronze                              Bud Schwartz

gold Dale Reynolds          Ram Pereyra
silver                                 Jim Garrison

gold                                   John Lopez

gold Penny Dever-Reynolds

gold Louise Kiss

Womens doubles Mens Doubles
gold Helgeson/Kane
silver Bemis/Corrales
bronze Denman/Gourley
gold Gutierrez/Martinez Wright/Ashmore
silver Gonzalez/Teague
gold Miranda/Burns Paull/Chavez
silver Sedillo/Wantuck Schwartz/Hooker
bronze Pruess/Childs Rao/Rutherford
gold Warrender/Allen Pereyra/Salm
silver Reynolds/Dever-Reynolds Lopez/Garrison
gold Kiss/Herron Jones/Gilbert
gold Mills/Sandoval

gold Helgeson/Pereyra
silver Bemis/Rao
bronze Denman/Schwartz
gold Teague/Martinez
silver Wright/Wright
gold Burns/Paull
silver Miranda/Martinez
bronze Wantuck/Chavez
gold Allen/Jones
gold Yamada/Dever-Reynolds
gold Wellner/Sandoval