Monday, July 16, 2012

Day Three in Mandeville

The tournament was held at the Castine Center at Pelican Park in Mandeville, LA.  The venue was absolutely beautiful.  They was a large foyer area where registration tables, brackets and score keeper tables and pickleball vendor Pickleball Specialties set up.  A large lunch room was provided with tables for meeting up with friends, eating and resting between matches.  Firehouse subs, chips and pickles were provided each day for lunch for all the players.  Water and fresh fruit were available all day long.

On Saturday, the 60-64 age group started play at 7:30 am.  I managed to grab a few pictures of Rich with his partner, Winnie Momtgomery, from Texas. 

They played very well together, but missed going into the medal rounds by 3 POINTS!!  Gary and I didn't do that well.... but we played five matches and did better each match.  Unfortunately our total points were FAR short of qualifying for the  medal rounds.  But we all played our best and had a GREAT time. 

We were done early, but stayed around to referee a few more matches before we headed back to the hotel.  We said goodbye to friends.. wished them luck in their remaining matches............and we anxious to hear how everyone finished.

After a hot shower and a little relaxing we were ready for a good meal.  For the last few days it's been Firehouse subs and Subway - so we were ready to sit down and enjoy........We headed for the Outback Steakhouse where we shared a Blooming Onion.....I had the fillet and shrimp and Rich the NY Strip with Crab Legs...........EXCELLENT!!!

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