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Canyon Lake Pickleball Club hosts memorial tournament in honor of member

Pictured are Carlos Hansen, Ken Ross, Michelle Wynn, and Brittany Tibbet, the first and second place winners of the under 60 tournament. Photo provided by the Canyon Lake Pickleball Club.

The Canyon Lake Pickleball Club honored member Mary Kostner with a memorial tournament. The tournament followed a Celebration of Life ceremony at the Holiday Harbor Amphitheater, where more than 100 people gathered to honor Koster, who passed away after a courageous battle with breast cancer.

The tournament was dedicated to being fun, as Koster would have wanted it to be. Participants joined in the spirit of camaraderie, reflecting Koster’s love for the game, and her joyful approach to life.

Three tournaments were held, with 48 players vying for the prizes. It was a grueling six-game round-robin for the first two tournaments. The winners were determined by the total points scored. While men and women played as partners, prizes went to the two highest-scoring men and women in each of the two age-level tournaments: those over 60 in one group and those under 60 in the other

Pictured are Russ Muscarella, Kimberly Keigwin, Lisa Patton, and Kevin Gray, the first and second place winners of the over 60 tournament. Photo provided by the Canyon Lake Pickleball Club.

In the over 60 tournament, the first place woman was Kimberly Keigwin followed by Lisa Patton in second place. The first place man was Russ Muscarella followed by 16-year-old Kevin Gray, who was a last-minute substitute.

In the under 60 tournament, Michelle Wynn scored first place for women followed by Brittany Tibbet in second place. For the men, Ken Ross took first place followed by Carlos Hansen in second place.

The mix of beginner and intermediate players participated in a poker-style round-robin in the finale. Each player selected seven cards to start with and received extra cards if they wore a wig or pink in honor of Koster, who died from breast cancer.

Phil Cohen, Sherry Bajadek, and Rob Bajadek were declared the winners of the poker-style round-robin. Photo provided by the Canyon Lake Pickleball Club.

Players also received extra cards for each match they won. This led to a dramatic finish as 12 of the 16 players were in contention for the highest poker hand going into the last game. Several players had numerous pairs, awaiting one more card to create a full house, while several others had three-of-a-kind, hoping for the last card to make a four-of-a-kind.

Phil Cohen slid into first place with four eights, With full houses, second place and third place went to the husband and wife team of Sherry and Rob Bajadek.

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