Pickleball Demo and Exhibition Day

We had a great turnout for Pickleball Demo and Exhibition Day on Saturday afternoon at Bonita Bay Club!

Former Wimbledon Doubles Champion Joanne Russell competed on our courts and so did 17-year-old Noah Waddell in men’s singles and a few other pros, including Bonita Bay Club member Nikki Buckmaster, who are all competing in this week’s US Open. Members enjoyed  testing different paddles from Engage, Selkirk and Paddle tech and also loved watching all the action.

– Dominique Levin 

EJ McDonnell Named Southwest Florida PGA Merchandiser of the Year

The Southwest Florida Chapter of the PGA has named Bonita Bay Club Director of Golf, E.J. McDonnell, Merchandiser of the Year in the Private Club category.

Each year this prestigious award recognizes the top golf professional having demonstrated superior skills in merchandising and the promotion of golf with a focus on inventory strength, skillful shop display, staff quality, and merchandising technique.

“This award is a great reflection on our membership and staff, in particular our Retail Manager Lynne Startzel.  Lynne is one of the best retailers in the industry and I am proud to work with her and our staff to meet and exceed member expectations,” EJ said.

Lynne was previously the Retail Manager at Gulf Harbour Golf and Country Club and the Tiburon Golf Resort before joining Bonita Bay Club in 2010, she is a member of the Association of Golf Merchandisers.

E.J. McDonnell has received a number of PGA Awards including the 2008 Assistant of the Year, 2014 Bill Strausbaugh Award for promotion of the game and the PGA, and he was named the 2015 Professional of the Year.

Pickleball’s elite at BBC

Pickleball’s elite practiced at Bonita Bay Club to prepare for the All Star Challenge. Club member Nikki Buckmaster and pickleball and tennis professional Dominque Levin practiced with the country’s best, including Tyson McGuffin, Christine McGrath and Morgan Evans.