Pickleball Tournament Big Hit at April Sound

By: Todd James
| Published 08/03/2021

From left, Ken Collier of TRELS Home for Children, Todd James, “Summer Smash” Tournament Organizer, Sponsor Mike Reese of Edward Jones Financial Services of Montgomery

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX -- The fastest growing sport in the U.S. came to April Sound Country Club recently as the “Lake Conroe Summer Smash” tournament drew over 150 players with some of the top players in the area.

Raises over $2k for local charity

“It was a great event, we were able to raise over $2,000 for our local charity and everyone had a great time, we had some great competition” said organizer Todd James.

“Pickleball is such a great sport I take my hat off to April Sound for providing us with such a great place to have our tournament. It truly is one of the top facilities in Houston for pickleball.”

With the threat of inclement weather all weekend players competed in open singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mix doubles. Allan Sanders of The Woodlands Country Club won the Men's Singles 4.0 gold medal with Jana Hain (Katy) and Nicki Tafolla (San Antonio) winning the Women's 3.5 Doubles.

“We had a little rain come through Friday night but everyone had a great attitude and competed hard,” said James.

“I can’t wait for our next tournament in September when the weather will be a little cooler. We’re going to have a ton of great sponsor items for our swag bags and we’re expecting an even bigger group of players.”

April Sound will continue with the “Lake Conroe Fall Shootout” September 24-26 where each player will receive a free lunch on Saturday along with a t-shirt. Proceeds will be distributed to TRELS Home for Children as the tournament’s official charity.

According to the Sport and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) pickleball participation grew 22% last year through the pandemic and currently has over 4 million participants in the United States.

For more information about the game of pickleball or to become a member of USA Pickleball visit

To register for the upcoming “Lake Conroe Fall Shootout” visit this website:

Local sponsors of the tournament:
Texas Foot Surgeons of Conroe and The Woodlands
Edward Jones Financial Services of Montgomery, Mike Reese Agent
Montgomery Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine
TBI Communications
Ciro’s Italian Grill
JTJ Media

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