2019 Paddle Palace Winter Open

By Jay Crystal, Paddle Palace Club Manager | Feb. 20, 2019, 7:06 p.m. (ET)

Paddle Palace Club hosted their Winter Open during the weekend of February 17th and 18th. 86 players entered 14 events, with trophies and $1220.00 in prize money. It was a great weekend of competition, camaraderie, drama and excitement.    Nittaku 3-star 40+ Premium balls were the official tournament ball along with the club's brand new STIGA Optimum 30 Tables.

Saturday morning started with the U4200 and U2800 doubles. Salem natives, Haiyan Chang and Ben Bednarz teamed to beat Mohammed Gudmal and Sanket Hiremath in the 2800 finals in four games to take home the first two trophies of the tournament.

In the 4200’s Ryan Hoarfrost and Hung Ho used their national level experience to defeat Jiwei Xia and PPC’s top junior female player, Cheery Zhang three games to one to take home $150.00 in prize money. Jiwei and Cheery split the $80.00 second place prize.

Open singles had some drama before a #1 and #2 seed final between Jiwei Xia and Ryan Hoarfrost. Jiwei breezed through his half of the draw but Ryan had to survive a 5 game, deuce in the fifth quarter final against crafty pips player, Tarek Katbi and then a 4 game semi-final against Roger Castle to reach the final. In the other half, John Ochsner had a 12-10 in the fifth win over Vince Mioduszewski before facing Jiwei. Roger and John took home the $75.00 semi-final money, Jiwei collected $300.00 for first place.

The U1500’s had 21 entries with seasoned veteran Matthew Barnes beating very seasoned veteran Duane Smith in the final.

The 2100 singles featured Ryan Hoarfrost winning his second out of three finals of day over John Ochsner. Ryan lost a game in each of his rounds but prevailed over Dean Schultz, Tarek Katbi and John Ochsner to take home the $150.00 first place prize.

In the 1800’s Luwen Li advanced to the final with a deuce in the fifth win over Andrew Matteson in the semi-final but lost to Zhongwei Gao in the final.

Our Novice event featured some PPC club members advancing to the final. John Tisdale survived a 13-11 in the fifth semi-final over Peter Fleischmann only to lose to fellow member John Mann in four games.

Sunday morning began with the 3600 doubles, the last prize money event. Dean Schultz and Andrew Matteson teamed to defeat Dave Edwards and Jay Crystal in the final to take home $50.00 each.

The U1900 final featured what may have been the best match of the tournament. All eyes were on Oregon’s top Junior player, Dean Schultz against Maggie Yan of Seattle. This was an incredibly well played, well fought match by two players that may soon dominate the scene in the Great Northwest. Dean down 2-1 came back to win the last 2 games at 4 and 8 to win the finals. Maggie Yan took the Junior championship by default over Dean.

George Teodorescu took the Over 40 singles over Samir Patel.

The U1300 featured 25 players, 5 groups of 5 and was the most competitive event of the tournament. There were so many hard fought, close matches throughout the round robin and single elimination parts of this event. PPC Junior, Kurt Li, won his table 4-0 and had a first round win over Brent Wojahn before losing to finalist Irving Geller in the quarters. All 10 players advancing to the single elimination were PPC members, with Burke Walls taking home first place.

The last event of the day, the U1700’s had the two second seeds of the round robin groups advancing to the finals. Samir Patel took home first place over Digvijay Rajurkar to end the weekend of competition.

PPC staff gives our thanks to all who participated and attended the 2019  Winter Open. We plan to host another tournament April 13th and 14th. Look for our event information on Omnipong soon.