TRAVERSE CITY — Carolyn Ebbinghaus called it her "bronze curse."
The Traverse City resident won a bronze at the USA Pickleball National Tournament last year — and also took bronze at assorted tournaments this year.
That came to end last week when she won gold in singles and a silver in women's doubles at the national tournament in Arizona.
"Amazing," she said. "And very exciting."
Ebbinghaus won the women's singles 50-plus division by beating Gayle Barnes in the finals — twice. Ebbinghaus lost her first-round match (8-11, 11-1, 11-9) to Meg Krenzer that dropped her into the losers bracket in the double-elimination event. She did not lose again.
"I was determined," she said. "I knew I couldn't lose again or I was out. I managed to work my way back up."
Ebbinghaus came back to beat Pam Cecchini (15-9), Krenzer (11-3, 11-3) and Barnes (11-2, 11-2) — and Barnes again (15-5). She had to play the extra game in the finals to 15 because Barnes was unbeaten prior to their first meeting.
"I thought after I won the two games (to 11), I had won the gold," Ebbinghaus said. "But they (officials) said, 'Wait a minute, you have to play one more game to 15.' That was nerve-wracking, tough. You get so nervous. It's (women's singles) at the end of the week and you've already played during the week so by then you're tired."
Ebbinghaus was entered in five events. She teamed with her sister Cathy Parkhurst earlier in the week to win silver in the women's doubles 50-plus division. They opened with a come-from-behind win (5-11, 11-6, 11-9) win over Cecchini and Dex Decker. They followed that up with a straight set (11-2, 11-4) win over Carol Tripp and Mary Whitfield before edging then unbeaten Che Cui and Trish Graham (11-10, 3-11, 12-10). They had to play Cui and Graham again for the title and lost twice (9-11, 11-3, 11-8) and (15-8).
Ebbinghaus, though, was happy with the silver.
"Absolutely," she said. "It's really tough. These girls (competitors) are the best."
The sisters teamed in the open women's doubles division and finished 1-2.
Ebbinghaus also teamed with Traverse City's Bart Ford in the mixed doubles 35-plus division and in open mixed doubles. They went 2-2 in both.
Ebbinghaus and Ford started strong in the open division, beating Di Shanklin and Stewart Helfrich (11-9, 9-11, 12-10) and Rebecca Warren and Miike Nys (6-11, 11-8, 11-8) before "running into a buzzsaw." They lost their third match to eventual champions Lydia Willis and Steve Wong (11-6, 11-1) and were then eliminated by Heidi Hancock and Dan Gabanek (15-7).
"Steve and Lydia have won nationals the last two or three years in a row," Ebbinghaus said. "We felt pretty good about it."
More than 400 players from 31 states and provinces competed in the tournament.
Pickleball is played on a badminton-sized court with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center. It's played with a perforated plastic ball similar to a whiffle ball and wood or composite paddles about twice the size of ping-pong paddles.
TRAVERSE CITY — Carolyn Ebbinghaus called it her "bronze curse."
- Poll: Should officials set policy for how county employees can use social media?
Letters to the Editor: 07/18/2014
A lifetime of service; No guns in schools.Continued ...
Editorial: Social media rules can help prevent missteps
First it was handwritten notes and letters, then telegrams, faxes and emails, Facebook postings and tweets, and who knows what else.Continued ...
Night Life Calendar: 07/18/2014
What's happening after dark in northern Michigan:Continued ...
Movie Capsules: 07/18/2014
New this week — Begin Again: A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents. Rated R for language. (HOR)Continued ...
Community in Brief: 07/18/2014
Sleeping Bear tours; Garden club open house.Continued ...
Arts & Entertainment in Brief: 07/18/2014
TSO at Commons; Art exhibition opening; Mulebone at Music Fest. (Plus more)Continued ...
The Record: 07/18/2014
Assumed names filed in Grand Traverse County:Continued ...
Building Permits: 07/18/2014
Building permits issued in Grand Traverse County:Continued ...
E. coli levels rise at Sayler Park beach
Swimmers should do no more than wade into the water at Sayler Park beach on East Grand Traverse Bay.Continued ...
Trustee intervenes on his company's behalf
A Blair Township trustee's intervention in a $21,000 fee dispute between his firm and township water and sewer officials raised allegations of a conflict of interest.Continued ...
Benzie County officials say death is 'suspicious'
Benzie County authorities are awaiting final autopsy results to pin down the cause of an Interlochen woman's death.Continued ...
Clearing the Record: 07/18/2014
Because of a copy editor's error, Betsy Coffia's name was misspelled in a sub-headline Thursday's Record-Eagle.Continued ...
UPDATE: Lawyer to defend Gomery in murder solicitation case
Local lawyer Paul Jarboe will take over the defense of Clarence Gomery, the Traverse City attorney charged with solicitation of murder.Continued ...
Business equipment tax to appear on August ballot
Terry Berden estimates he spends about $20,000 for personal property taxes on his company’s equipment, some of which dates to the 1970s.Continued ...
UPDATE: Man charged in homeless death
A Traverse City homeless man who's charged in the death of another homeless man said he "beat the brakes" off the victim, according to court documents.Continued ...
Man charged in homeless man's death
Grand Traverse County prosecutors authorized a second-degree murder charge against a homeless man accused in the beating death of another homeless man.Continued ...
Local attorney files to lead Gomery defense
Local lawyer Paul Jarboe filed a request to take over the defense of Clarence Gomery, the Traverse City attorney charged with solicitation of murder.Continued ...
Four arrested in Antrim County; suspected of break-ins, transporting drugs
Antrim County sheriff’s deputies arrested four people suspected of numerous break-ins in the area.Continued ...
Film Fest ticket sales 'ahead of last year'
Bob and Eleanor Miller got their Traverse City Film Festival tickets early this year as sponsors of one of the films.Continued ...
Singing in 'Land of Delight': Lelanders gather for century-old tradition
Andy Palmer may have “the world’s worst voice” but for eight hours each summer he raises it in song alongside generations of Lelanders.Continued ...
Sick Puppies hit TC stage
A kind gesture turned into just the break Sick Puppies needed. The three-piece band formed in 1997 and achieved some success at home in Australia. But nearly a decade later, they had no record deal and were working odd jobs to stay afloat.Continued ...
Stars — present and future — align at Interlochen
Jack Schneider, 17, loaded up on big-name concert tickets during his session at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. He'd heard that the school's Kresge Auditorium is an "intimate, great place" to see the world's best musicians.Continued ...
Beach Bums pitchers perfect in All-Star outings
The West, despite just four hits in the game, pushed across two runs in the fifth to beat the East 2-0 in the Frontier League All-Star game Wednesday night.Continued ...
Editorial: No time for the DNR to back off launch plan
Back in March of 2013 Grand Traverse-area boaters got a present — or a promise of a present, anyway — from the state Department of Natural Resources. Now it looks like a last-minute change could sink the whole thing.Continued ...