Jodie Wagner | The Palm Beach Post
The inaugural World Pickleball Open held in Port St. Lucie last month drew nearly 300 amateur and professional pickleball players. (Courtesy of Christopher Walling)
Eight Palm Beach County pickleball players won championships last month at the inaugural World Pickleball Open in Port St. Lucie.
The event, which was held Dec. 12-15 at PGA Village Verano’s new, 27-court pickleball facility, drew nearly 300 amateur and professional pickleball players.
Local champions included: Seth Muse of Jupiter and Zach Shell of Palm Beach Gardens (Pro Men’s Doubles); Bruce Mulholland of Jupiter (Men’s Doubles 3.5, 60-69); Ryan Steinolfson of Palm Beach Gardens (Men’s Doubles 4.5, 19+); Lee Rosenthal and Mircea Morariu of Boca Raton (Men’s Doubles 4.5, 50+); and Jodi Rivkin of Delray Beach and Michael Krooks of Boynton Beach (Mixed Doubles 4.5, 50+).
The field was composed of players representing four countries and 20 states.
The oldest player in the field was 79, and the youngest was 15.
“It was an outstanding venue, and very well-organized,” Mulholland said of the tournament, which brought in an estimated $300,000+ in economic activity to the area, according to the tournament.
“It feels good to win against good and friendly competition.”
Pickleball is a paddleball sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis.
Two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a Wiffle Ball.