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Second annual Dink to Donate tournament tops the inaugural one

Photo courtesy of Kathy McCausey
The top finishers in Ladies Doubles 55+ 3.5.

Bigger and better is how the second annual Dink to Donate tournament turned out. More players and additional sponsors highlighted the recent two-day series at the Land O’Lakes Recreation Complex.

Hosted by, the tourney once again benefited the Pasco County Parks and Recreation’s mental health awareness program. The event drew 158 competitors — up from last year’s 96 — who competed in 17 divisions to help raise a tournament record of $4,000.

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The top three teams in Men’s Doubles 3.5.

“It was a thrill beyond words,” said Kathy McCausey, who partners with Val Thomopalos as owners. “We added three sponsors (Sunshine State Pickleball, Florida Pickleball Expo and Aluriss Wellness Spa) and they helped us spread the word.”

Spinner Law Firm, a returning sponsor, had three attorneys compete. Charles Spinner played men’s doubles with attorney Patrick Barnes, who also played mixed doubles with Anissa Morris.

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Medalists in the youth 13-and-under division.

“They both have unlimited energy,” Barnes said of McCausey and Thomopalos. “They’re ahead of the game and we’re just happy to be along for the ride with them.”

Families and friends are part of pickleball gatherings and those bonds were clearly evident at Dink to Donate. Neesa Joseph, a single parent, played mixed doubles with her son Mykhael. The Dubose family also played, with R.J. and Christina Dubose bringing their sons, Joey and Jacob.

“We love this sport and we all enjoy doing it together,” Christina Dubose said.

A group of eight friends primarily from east and central Pasco, one who brought along his dog, also showed up to play in the tourney.

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Neesa Joseph and her son Mykhael have strengthened their bond through pickleball.

Among the 17 brackets were two for youth, one more than last year. The winners in those categories were: 13-and-under — Mykhael Joseph and Joey Dubose; 17U — Jake Dubose and Jaxson Driggers.

Other gold medalists included:

Ladies Doubles 3.0 — Neesa Joseph and Christina Dubose; Ladies Doubles 55+ 3.0 — Kathy Gillen and Heidi Michaels; Ladies Doubles 55+ 3.5 — Wendy Robbins and Virginia Barausky; Ladies Doubles 55+ 4.0 — Maria Angelos and Stacey Koval.

Men’s Doubles 55+ 3.0 — Doug Powell and Sergio Arcila; Men’s Doubles 55+ 3.5 — Kirk Garris and Chris Goslin; Men’s Doubles 55+ 4.0 — Bill Hodges and Mark Larsen; Men’s Doubles 3.0 — Kevin Gouveia and Joe Murphy; Men’s Doubles 3.5 — Christian Piscopoco and Justin Nguyen.

Mixed Doubles 4.0 — Bridget Coyman and Grant Goslin; Mixed Doubles 55+ 4.0 — Stephanie Skantze and Johan Skantze; Mixed Doubles 55+ 3.0 — Jose Soriano and Karen Wirth; Mixed Doubles 3.0 — Ginger Paight and Joe Paight; Mixed Doubles 3.5 — Liz Wilson

and Ryan Sanderford; Mixed Doubles 55+ 3.5 — Marilyn Keich and Gerry Connolly.


Times Total Media Correspondent

Photos courtesy of Kathy McCausey

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