Paddle-Tober-Fest

It’s time to jump into your lederhosen, grab your bier stein, and yodel your way over to the paddle hut!  HPC’s Paddle-Tober-Fest Mixer begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Bill O’Brien Platform Tennis Center on Saturday, October 8th.  A fabulous buffet of Oktoberfest specialties will be served, along with beer and wine.  Plenty of paddle will be played, and balls are included in the registration fee.  The Paddle-Tober-Fest Mixer is $45 per person.  Members are welcome to register a non-member guest. Bring your spouse, your friend, your significant other, or leave them at home and come as a single!  This is a social event and non-competitive. If you’re a Series 5 or a 25, it makes no difference!

Registration will be limited to 48 people, so register as soon as possible if you wish to attend.  A waitlist will be created after the maximum is reached.

To register, go to www.hinsdalepaddle.com and login. Once you login, select Events/List/Paddle-Tober-Fest.  Inside the CourtReserve mobile app, go to Events/All Events/Paddle-Tober-Fest.  Sign up now before it’s full!  Thanks and hope to see you there!!

Questions?  Contact Kelly Lyn Kelly at 6kellys@comcast.net.

Registration now open for 2022-’23 Men’s Travel League

Registration for the 2022-2023 CPTC Men’s Travel League is now open. Participation in the league is open to all current Hinsdale Paddle members who register by Wednesday, Aug. 4 at midnight. Please register as soon as possible so we can begin the process of assembling our squads. 

This year’s travel league season will run from late September through the end of March, as always, with breaks for the holidays as needed.

Fees for this year’s league will run $530, similar to last year. This year, we have a made a few changes to the registration and payment process. Members who register will be required to make an initial $300 registration/commitment fee, similar to previous years. They will also be required to place a card-on-file so that a second payment of $230 can be automatically collected on or about Nov 1.

In addition, any outstanding membership dues will be collected as well for those league players who have yet to renew their Hinsdale Paddle memberships. This process should make the process of collecting 2nd payments easier and simpler for all those involved, member included. 

To register, login, click on events, list and league sign up- 2022-2023 Men’s Travel League Registration/Commitment.

If you have any question please contact Jim Town at jamestowns@gmail.com.

Golichowski-Fikri Win Hinsdale Open C Draw

Congrats to the C Draw winners Michael Golichowski and Wally Fikri for outlasting the field to capture the elusive 2022 Hinsdale Open C Draw Championship which took place March 19-20. Playing at times in the rain, they were able to beat five different opponents, taking the finals 6-1, 6-1 again Scott Silberberg and Brett Padgett.

Thanks to all the participates and a very special thanks to our sponsors, Concklin Insurance and Bulkmatic for their support. Without them we’d be dining on pixie sticks and coke.

Weekend Warrior Paddle League

Weekend Warriors 11th Season Comes to an end

Flight B winning Quaran team: Don Abbs, Mike Cremins, Chris Conger, John Yaegor, Rob Sloyan, and Ryan Sandahl.

The 11th season of the Weekend Warriors Paddle League (WWPL) ended with a Playoff Finals & Celebration at the newly-renovated KLM Paddle Hut on Saturday, February 26.

Flight C Final was played earlier finishing with a 3-set battle on the third and deciding match. First year captain Matt MCGovern’s team prevailed to take it all. They also finish the regular season in first.

Flight B Final saw Don Abb’s Quaran team run the table with a season victory and finals sweep. 

Flight A Finals featured season champ Andy Freeman’s Over Served vs. Jim Towns’ 2nd place team. Over Served Court 1 pair of Jeff Ellithorpe and Matt Schuler defeated Michael Early and Adam Fromm in two tight sets. Jimmy’s Court 2 of Sam Stout and Bill Sloyan took the 1st and 3rd sets to take down Greg Wenstrup and Jim Condon. The dual match finished with an upset by Jimmy’s Series 11 pair of Chris Broughton and Kevin Collins over Captain Freeman and Will Sutton.  

In addition to the 24 players, the Finals Celebration attracted about 25 Warriors from other teams to enjoy burgers, brats, chili and beverages on a perfect day to watch some competitive paddle matches, as well as get in a few sets with players from other teams and flights.

The WWPL was started in 2011 by players from 3 clubs (Hinsdale Paddle, Salt Creek Club, and Hinsdale GC) with goals to develop stronger relations among the area’s fast-growing paddle-playing community.  This year, we had 135 participants on 14 teams (plus subs) representing 10 clubs!

Congratulations to the winning teams, all the players and captains for making this a great season! Special thanks to Commissioner Rob Foster for all he does to run this league.

Paddle on!

FYI If you wish to help organize next season, please contact Commissioner Rob Foster.

Bill O’Brien Platform Tennis Center is officially open!

Ribbon cutting ceremony held Dec. 3

The official dedication of the Bill O’Brien Platform Tennis Center and the grand reopening of the newly design paddle hut took place on December 3, 2021 at KLM. The Board, along with many HPTA members and friends turned out to publicly dedicate the facility to our great friend and paddle ambassador to our area for the past 30+ years, Bill O’Brien.  

The dedication was followed by an open house with food and beverages.

Shawna Zsinko/Susan Draddy Come Out On Top

The team of Shawna Zsinko/Susan Draddy took top honors in the Women’s 2021 Hinsdale Open Paddle Tournament A Draw. The tournament took place Friday, March 19. Most matches were very even and many said it was the best paddle they played all season. 

The B Draw included two sets of winners: Team Anita Liebling/Audrey Keith and sisters Carrie Earley/Kate Hickey.

C Draw winners were Kelly Lyn Kelly/Sue Lambert.

Congratulations to Rob Foster/Paul Rose Men’s A Draw Champs

The Men’s 2021 Hinsdale Open Paddle Tournament took place March 20-21 and include four main draws. Congrats to all who participated and provided some exciting competitive matches.

Winners include:

Men’s A Draw: Rob Foster/Paul Rose
Men’s B Draw: Matt Allison/Rob Young
Men’s C Draw: Eric Price/Scott Wisniewski
Men’s D Draw: Neil Dalal/Nathan Hurst

C Draw winners Matt Allison/Rob Young.

Renovation of Tennis Hut to Begin

Courts to remain open during construction

You should have received a recent email annoucing the long awaited expansion and renovation of the Billy O Platform Tennis Hut. The project is set to begin Monday, May 3 with an estimated completion date sometime in September of this year (in time for the 2021-22 paddle season).

During the construction, the paddle hut will not be available for use so please plan accordingly. The courts will remain open during the entirety of the process. Should this change, members will be notified immediately.

For more detailed information, click here. To view the renovation, click here.