Sunday, November 02, 2014

Hinsdale Tournament Posters

The 2013 and 2014 Hinsdale Tournament posters feature 
terrific players who will be dearly missed.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Billy O Red Zone Tournament- Thanksgiving Weekend

Sign up for the Thanksgiving Weekend Paddle Tournament

Once again we are honoring Hinsdale 's godfather of paddle, Bill O Brien, and are also raising money for Common Hope, a charity that promotes education for children in Guatemala.

Dates: Saturday or Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 29 or 30

Fees: $60 per player (100% goes to Common Hope and is tax-deductible)

How to sign up: 

1) Sign up as a team of two. Men should email Doug Brown at DBrown4115 right now to save a spot (only 8 teams per draw!) Please provide:

- your names and Series levels
- email addresses, and
- what draw you want to play in.

2) Mail $120 per team (checks made to Common Hope ) to Doug Brown, 4 Calleview Drive, LaGrange, IL 60525

The Draws

1:00pm-4:00pm Saturday, Nov. 29
9:00am-Noon Sunday, Nov. 30
1:00pm-4:00pm Sunday, Nov. 30
There will also be a Women s Open Draw. Stay tuned for details.

With only 8 teams per draw, each draw will be completed in about 3 hours. Single elimination with backdraws means everyone gets 3 matches

What 's Red Zone?

Red Zone paddle adds a way to win points by placing a target in the middle of the back screen. A team that hits the target wins the point.

What 's Common Hope?

Learn more about the great work being done by this organization by talking to Mary or Gary Doten, Jane Veldman or Doug Brown, all of whom have been to Guatemala to see Common Hope in action. Or look at to see how a small investment can make a huge difference in a child s future.

Work off your Thanksgiving dinner. Sign up today. Need more info? Call Doug at 630-916-4202

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Our wonderful friend Terry Wing

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Terry serving 2010 Hinsdale TourneyTerry 2010 Hinsdale TourneySandy watching 2009 Hinsdale Challenge 1Terry returning 2009 Hinsdale Challenge 1Terry serving 2009 Hinsdale Challenge 1Terry and JW 2009 Hinsdale Challenge 2
Terry driving 2009 Hinsdale Challenge 1Terry and JW 2009 Hinsdale Challenge 3Terry 2009 Hinsdale Challenge 2Terry and JW 2009 Hinsdale Challenge 1Terry and Billy O 2007 Red Zone 1Mens A Draw with Borat

Terry Wing, a set on Flickr.

Wallace E. “Terry” Wing, III, age 60, of Hinsdale. Terry will be greatly missed by his loving partner Sandra Rocca. Loving father of Wallace (Cory) Wing IV and step-father of Todd (Melissa), Mark (Colleen), Reed (Lindsay) and Courtney Schaefer, and also missed by Nick and Alex Rocca. Devoted grandfather of Ellie, Kate, Abby, Gray, Bennett and Jack. Cherished brother of Douglas (Laura) and Barbara Wing. Dear uncle of Connor and Paige Wing and Steven Weber. A memorial visitation will be held 3-9pm Monday March 3rd at Hallowell & James Funeral Home, 1025 W. 55th St., Countryside. Services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and NW Indiana ( or the Memorial Nature Preserve at Little Point Sable Assoc., c/o Paul Thompson, 805 S, Glen Road, Shelby, MI 49455 appreciated.

Monday, December 02, 2013

"Billy O" Red Zone Winners

C Draw: Gary and Scott Doten
B Draw: Dave Stang and Zane Fulton
A Draw: Ross Sprovieri and Rob Goeckel

Monday, September 30, 2013

Weekend Warrior Paddle League

Welcome to the 3rd season of the Weekend Warrior Paddle League (WWPL). It’s time to sign up for the 2013/2014 season. The season will start Oct 19th and extend through March 15th (including playoffs), with breaks for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holidays. We will again play on Saturday afternoons, with start times of 2:30 or 4:00 at HGC, SCC, BCC or HPD, with refreshments and camaraderie to follow. Full schedule will be posted on website in a couple of weeks.
NEW CLUBS. This year we are happy to include Butterfield Country Club and Chicago Highlands Club to the WWPL. We will be expanding the league to an additional 4 – 6 teams in make room for the new clubs. We will play at Butterfield beginning this year and Chicago Highlands next year.
This is a first come, first served invitation. You will be drafted among three flights.
There will be 8 - 10 men on a roster and 6 players per team will play each week. Each Flight will have a commissioner who will oversee the Draft and Playoffs, and generally make sure that everything runs smoothly throughout the season. Flight A -- Ed Varin, Flight B --Mark Gupta, Flight C -- Michael Lee.
We are currently looking for Captains. The draft will be held Oct 6th at Salt Creek Clubhouse. When you respond to sign up for league also let us know if you want to be a captain. We have a website that makes being a captain pretty easy.
League Fee: The fee is $80.00 for HPTA members and $90.00 for non-members. You are a HPTA member if you are an active travel league player for Hinsdale Golf Club, Salt Creek Club, Chicago Highlands, Butterfield or Hinsdale Park District. The extra $10.00 will cover you membership fee if you are not a travel player. Your captain will collect all fees for the league. Beverages, match balls, and awesome prizes are included in league fee.
Membership Requirements: This league is currently open to HGC, SCC, BCC, CH and HPD members only. If you are not a member of one of these clubs or HPD, then you need to join HPD to participate in the league. Here is a link to join.
Scroll down to Platform Tennis information.
To register for the league please do the following:
1. Name
2. Name of Club you are a member.
3. Travels Series (1 – 27) If you don’t play travel read on. I know they switched the travel series levels but I’m not a tennis player so keep it old school!
If you are not playing travel this year, please let us know what series you played last year. If you don’t play travel, let us know how long you’ve played paddle and if you consider yourself beginner, intermediate or advanced. If you can give us a travel player you consider yourself the same level it will help you get drafted in the correct flight.
Again, there are limited spots available in the league. Anyone responding after the league is filled will be placed on a Sub List. If you can’t commit to regular participation in the league, and want to be on the sub list, let us know.
Finally, we would like to thank the Hinsdale Platform Tennis Association (HPTA) for sponsoring the league!
WWPL Board,
Rick Gallwas Chair
Ed Varin Flight A Commissioner
Mark Gupta Flight B Commissioner
Michael Lee Flight C Commissioner
Rob Foster Board Member

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Winning Warriors

From Rick Gallwas (chair of the Warrior League):

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Warrior League this year.

The playoffs we're this past Saturday with my team "Stack and Hook" winning Flight A, Vince Ruggiero's "Spankers" winning Flight B and Pat Read's "Fully Loaded" winning Flight C. Enjoy the Pilsner glasses you won!

The regular season winners we're Brian Freel's "Team GFY" for Flight A, Vince Ruggiero's "Spankers" for Flight B and Pat Read's "Fully Loaded" for Flight C. We hope you all had a great time, we're challanged and met some new people during the season.
Left to Right: Tom McCleary (series 9), Sam Stout (Regular Season and Playoff MVP), Perry Yates (14), Vince Ruggiero (10 and Team Captain), Adam Fromm (8, Best Season Record), and Greg Wenstrup (14). Not Pictured: Gary Wenstrup (10), Andrew Bizup (9), Andy Flynn (10) and John Griffin (9).

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Hinsdale Tournament Winners

Women’s A Draw: Tiffany Cruikshank and Keri Robison
Women’s B Draw: Susanne King and Anne Theophilos
Men’s A Draw: Mike Jolly and Eddie DeLaCruz
Men’s B Draw: Tony Ruggiero and Vince Ruggiero
Men’s C Draw: Lee Matricaria and Jim Welch
Mixed Doubles: Holly Tritt and Rich O’Hara

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hinsdale Women Finish 2nd in 2013 Nationals!

Thought I would share the photo below of Mary Doten and Chelsea Nusslock, 2nd place at the 2013 Nationals.

Mary & Chelsea, seeded #6, took out #4 seed and #1 seed before losing in finals to #2 seed. 

Way to go Mary and Chelsea!!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Women Champions in Hinsdale Paddle

Please see below pictures of Hinsdale Womens Champion squads!!

These pictures are sure to be a part of the upcoming- "Hinsdale Ladies of Paddle" Charity Calendar - stay tuned for details as they become available. (I will keep you posted on the calendars too...)

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mixed doubles tourney info

Hello All- please see below for the Mixed Doubles Tourney- scheduled for February 23rd...

New format!!!

·         Competitive “a Draw” for Advanced and intermediate players

·         Social Mixer for beginning and intermediate players

Hinsdale’s top mixed teams will compete for annual bragging rights in the mixed tournament Saturday, February 23rd from 5:00p.m. till 10:00p.m. @ Salt Creek Club.

Other paddle enthusiasts will enjoy a social hit around Saturday, February 23rd from 6:30p.m. till 8:00p.m. @ KLM or HGC followed by a viewing party including adult beverages and light hors devours @ Salt Creek from 8:00p.m. till 10:00p.m.

The “a draw” will be limited to 16 teams.  Teams will be registered on a first come basis with preference given to Hinsdale Park District, Salt Creek and Hinsdale Golf Course members.   Each team will play 3 matches, time and interest permitting.

Cost is $30 per paddle/$60 per team.  (Make checks payable to HPTA.)

All entries must be received by Tuesday, February 18th.  Send to Chris O’Malley @ or 126 S. Spring Ave., La Grange, IL  60525.


A Draw______       Social Mixer ______  (Check one.)

Name:____________________________           Partner:__________________________

Phone:____________________________          Phone:___________________________

Email:_____________________________         Email:____________________________

Club:______________________________         Club:_____________________________

Series:_____________________________         Series:___________________________

2013 Hinsdale Paddle Tourney Info

Information for the 2013 Paddle Tourney!

Hinsdale Platform Tennis Tournaments

Five year-end tournaments and the Annual Party:

Party................................ Saturday, March 9, from 7:00 PM
                                        Ashley & Dave Killpack home,
                                        347 Ruby Street, Clarendon Hills

Women’s A Draw................ Friday, March 8, at 12:00 PM
Women’s B Draw................ Friday, March 8, at 8:30 AM

Open A Draw..................... All-day Saturday through Sunday morning, March 9-10
Open B Draw..................... All-day Saturday through Sunday morning, March 9-10  
Open C Draw..................... All-day Saturday through Sunday morning, March 9-10

  1. Players in the Open A, B, and C draws should be available for entire tournament – all-day Saturday and Sunday morning.
  2. If you play for more than one league team, you are rated according to the highest team.  Women playing in the NSWPTA s eries 1 team are rated as series 3 in the Open draws.
  3. Teams with a combined series of 7 or more are eligible Women’s A Draw.
  4. The aim of the Open draws are for men in series 0-6 to play the A (combined series of 5 or more), series 5-10 to play the B (combined series of 15 or more), and series 10-24 to play the C (combined series of 25 or more).
  5. Draws are limited to available court space. Preference will be given to Hinsdale Park District, Hinsdale Golf Club, and Salt Creek Club members if a draw is over-subscribed.

Tournament chairs:
Open: Charlie Usher ( )
Women’s: Margaret Hawn ( )

 Hinsdale Platform Tennis Tournaments 2013 Entry

Enter the draw as a doubles team. Schedule permitting, you’ll play a minimum of three matches. Mark the draws you are entering below:

Your Name
Your Partner

Open A

Open B

Open C

Women’s A

Women’s B

Party Only
(if you are not playing)

Entry is due by March 1

Receipt of your entry and a check payable to “HPTA” by Charlie Usher confirms your spot.

Fees:        ___   $85   per player ($170/team) includes party for player and guest
        ___   $40   per person for attendance at the party only
________   Total enclosed

Mail or drop your check off:
Charlie Usher, 324 Radcliffe Way, Hinsdale, IL 60521.

For more information, visit:

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Village acquires new paddle hut

Recognizing the popularity and rapid growth of platform tennis, and striving to keep up with new facilities at Skokie and Sunset Ridge, the village is proceeding with the purchase of a new hut, located about a mile from KLM. Are additional courts also in the works?
Read more in the Chicago Tribune article.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Hinsdale Open.....

The Hinsdale Open will be taking place March 8-10th.  

The entry forms will be available mid-January- start thinking about your partners now!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hinsdale Men's Challenge on December 8

Date & Location

Saturday - Sunday, December 8-9, 2012
December 8th, All players to check in at 8AM at Salt Creek Club
Play on Saturday will be the finals in all draws - Semi’s to start at 4pm on Saturday
Hinsdale, IL
Salt Creek Club, 830 N. Madison, Hinsdale, IL  60521
Play will also occur at Burns Field, Hinsdale Golf Club and Katherine Legge paddle facilities


Paul Garvin at 630-715-9828 or


  • Entry Form (doc)   Entry Form (pdf) 
  • Entry Fee: $95 per paddle
  • Entry Deadline: Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
  • 48 team limit
  • All players must be current APTA members or pay a $20 Limited Membership Fee, good for one tournament. Join the APTAIf you are a member of Chicago area CPTC league play, your APTA membership fee has been included in your league fee.


  • PT-PRO balls will be provided for all play.
  • All players will receive tournament favor. 
  • Lunch will only be provided on Saturday, December 8th at the Salt Creek Club. 
  • Beer & Snacks will be provided during the afternoon Quarterfinals & Semi-final.
  • Official APTA rules will govern play.
  • All matches best of three sets.
  • 12-point tiebreak in all sets.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Weekend Warrior League, Season II

Message from Rick Gallwas:

Welcome to the WWPL.  It’s time to sign up for the 2012/2013 season.  We will play only ONE season this year to run from Oct 20th till March 9th. 
We will have a draft and will have a total of 18 teams with 8-10 players each.   We will have flights A, B, and C.    

There will be 6 players per team who play each week.  We will play on Sat afternoons and the start times will be either 1:00, 2:30 or 4:00. 
Each Flight will have a commissioner.  They will work to make sure everything runs smoothly and help with any questions, comments or concerns
Flight A  Ed Varin,  Flight B  Mark Gupta,  Flight C Michael Lee 
We are currently looking for Captains. The draft which will be held Oct 10th at Salt Creek Clubhouse.  When you respond to sign up for league also let us know if you want to be a captain.  We have a website that makes being a captain pretty easy. 
We will provide details of playoffs after we draft the teams. 
League Fee:  Fee is $100.00 for HPTA members and $110.00 for non-members.  You are a HPTA member if you are an active traveling league player for Hinsdale Golf Club, Salt Creek Club or Hinsdale Park District.  The extra $10.00 will cover you membership fee.  Your captain will collect all fees for the league. 
Beverages and Match balls are included in league fee. 
If you are not a member of SCC, HGC or KLM then you need to join KLM to participate in the league.  Here is a link to join. 
Scroll down to Platform Tennis information. 
Please respond to to sign up and put down the current travel series.  If you are not playing travel this year please let us know what series you played last year.  If you don’t play travel let us know how long you’ve played paddle and if you consider yourself beginner, intermediate or advanced. 
NOTE:  This is a first come first serve invitation.  There are limited spots available in the league and the people who respond after league is filled will be put on sub list.  If you can’t commit to the league and want to be on the sub list let us know. 
We would like to thank the HPTA for sponsoring the league.   It’s a testament to all your hard work with the HPTA and promoting paddle in Hinsdale that we had 165 people sign up for 144 spots for the inaugural  season in 2011.
WWPL Board,
Rick Gallwas    Chair
Ed Varin           Flight A Commissioner
Mark Gupta      Flight B Commissioner
Michael Lee     Flight C Commissioner
Rob Foster       Board Member

Saturday, May 12, 2012

King Kong Ping-Pong

The Chicago Tribune writes about platform tennis, reporting that some players call the game "King Kong Ping-Pong". Must be something that someone named Biff or Buffy came up with, eh?

Along with that insight, the Trib repeats an oft-spouted claim about Winnetka being the biggest paddle program. We'll see what has to say about this one day, but in the mean time I'd point out that:

Hinsdale Park District - 8 courts, Winnetka Park District - 6 courts
HPTA - 700 members, Winnetka - 325 members

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