As you may remember, Al Hager teamed up with Pat Kane to win the gold medals in the Men’s 60+ division at the USAPA Nationals VI held in Sun City Festival, Buckeye, AZ this past November. Al and Pat won all six matches and all twelve games, while allowing their opponents to score an average of less than 5 points per game. Talk about a dominating performance! Congratulations again Al
Well Al, who spends the winter at the Robson Ranch in Eloy, Arizona with his lovely wife Barb, has been playing in some additional southwestern tournaments and making some noise (along with capturing some more hardware). Below is a quick recap of the events in which Al has medaled:
03/27/15 – Spring Slam at Sun City AZ at the Sun City Pickleball Center in Marinette, Sun City, AZ
Al teamed with Bill Propert to defeat Mario Najera & Troy Horton by a score of 11-13, 11-6, 11-7 in the Men’s Doubles Skill Groups 5.0 Bronze Medal Match after finishing third in the round robin event to determine the medal match seeding.
03/18/15 – Robson Ranch 3rd Annual Tournament in Robson Ranch, Eloy, AZ
Al teamed up with the famous Yoda Friedenberg (author of the “The Official Pickleball Handbook”) to take the bronze medals in the Men’s Doubles 5.0. After a first round bye, they defeated Dave Touchet & Lynn Carlson by a score of 11-7, 13-11 in the winner’s bracket before losing to the gold medalists Jim Hackenberg & Bill Propert by a score of 11-4, 12-10. In the consolation bracket, they lost to the silver medalists, Maurice Parobec & Randy Bourne, in a tight match by a score of 9-11, 11-9, 11-3.
02/07/15 – Palm Creek RESIDENT Pickleball Tournament at the Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort in Casa Grande, AZ
In the Men’s Doubles Age/Skill 50-59: 5.0, 4.0 division, Al teamed with Maurice Parobec to win all three of their matches and defeat Les Scott & Steve Kiesler by a convincing score of 8-11, 11-0, 11-1 in the finals to win the gold medals.
01/19/15 – 2015 Happy Trails Classic at the Happy Trails Resort in Surprise, AZ
Al teamed with Tim Frazee to finish fourth in the Men’s 5.0 doubles event. They won their first match before losing to the gold medalists Scott Moore & Scott Lennan by a score of 11-2, 11-8 in the second round. They won another match in the consolation bracket before eventually losing to the silver medalists Ron Chang & Steve Dawson by a score of 15-3.
12/04/14 – 8th Annual Voyager Holiday Open Skill Level in Voyager RV Resort in Tucson, AZ Al teamed with Ken Holman to defeat Peter Giljohann & Jim Shupe by a score of 11-1, 11-8 in the bronze round before losing a very close match to Jeff Weinberg & Eitan Weisner by a score of 11-1, 13-15, 3-11, 15-12 in the USAPA Men’s Doubles 5.0 Final to take home the silver medals.
Al also teamed with Linda Hoggatt to defeat Lynn Syler & Mike Wagner by a score of 11-9, 6-11, 12-10, 15-9 in the USAPA Mixed Doubles 5.0 Final after losing their first match and then coming out of the consolation bracket to win five straight matches and the gold medals.
Thanks to Charlie McKnight for writing this recap!
See you on the courts!