1st Annual Portland Cup
This past weekend, the PADA held the 1st Annual Portland Cup at the A&L Tavern. It was our first shot at having a divisional play tournament for PADA members. The PADA Player Rankings were used that we have been building and developing for the past year or so, and includes stats going back to the Fall 2008 season. I think it put everyone in a challenging division and gave everyone the best chance of winning and playing well. Additionally, we will use this to improve our ranking system as well, by moving players up a divisional ranking when they win a Singles event at the Cup.
The turnout was less than we had hoped for, but we are reminding ourselves of the difficulty of starting up something new. We did manage to get a good variety of players out there, and there was some level of representation from every division. The people who did show up, got some great matches in and people had a lot of fun. We are determined to do this again next year, with more time for us to plan and publicize it, and I hope we are met halfway by even greater enthusiasm for this event by our members. You can help by joining the dialogue about the 2nd Annual Portland Cup. We’d love to hear feedback from people who made it out this year, as well as from people who couldn’t.
1st Annual Portland Cup Winners
AA 501 Singles —
1st – Andy Campbell, 2nd – Greg Haggan
B 501 Singles —
1st – Josh Geers, 2nd Ryan Connole
C 501 Singles —
1st – Jason McGuire, 2nd – Andy Lambe
AA Cricket Singles —
1st – Greg Haggan, 2nd – Nils Nelson
A Cricket Singles —
1st – Jason Pitzer, 2nd – Troy Painter
B Cricket Singles —
1st – Isaac Rochester, 2nd – Nick Beam
AA Doubles —
1st – Bill Dennis & Greg Haggan
2nd – Bill Hockenbury & Ed Long
B Doubles —
1st – Isaac Rochester & Ryan Connole
2nd – Michael Beck & James McCann
C Doubles —
1st – Mike Deen & Ian Fisher
2nd – Sarah Bain & Robert Wolfe
Blind Draw —
1st – Mat Spingler & Bill Hockenbury
2nd – Tony Kim & Josh Geers
Top 4 – Jason Pitzer & Rush Rowland, Top 4 – Linda Fromm & Greg Haggan
A BIG congratulations to all the winners and runners up at our first Portland Cup!
All of us on the organizing side of things are already thinking of ways we can make the next Portland Cup better. Please share your ideas as well, as this tournament relies on participation and excitement from our league members even more than most. What would you like to see at the next Portland Cup? A team event (where you’d play with your entire team from league), better payouts, more events, etc. What would bring you to the Portland Cup next year? Keep it in mind as we’ll be looking at October 2011 before you know it, and I’d love to see this event grow. We are thinking of the first weekend in October, or thereabouts. Approximately 6 months from the Oregon Open… and all that means we are less than half a year from the 42nd Oregon Open!!!