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Cliff Drysdale Tennis and Peter Burwash International Announce Strategic Partnership with Minor League Pickleball



New Braunfels, Texas (April 2, 2024) — Cliff Drysdale Tennis and Peter Burwash International, Troon Companies, have announced a strategic partnership with Minor League Pickleball to host several unique events and experiences at their managed properties in 2024 and beyond.  

Minor League Pickleball is an innovative team competition where teams of four players (2 women and 2 men) compete against each other in a novel and engaging format, with twists on traditional match-ups and scoring for games, matches, and tiebreakers. Teams compete against each other in Matches using the MLPlay™ format, featuring team matches that are composed of four 21-point games, one women’s doubles, one men’s doubles, and the final two games consisting of mixed doubles. Teams play in a round robin pool, with guaranteed matches and a playoff bracket to determine the winning team. All participating players must have a DUPR (Dynamic Universal Pickleball Rating) account, and teams are formed by combining the DUPR ratings of all four players.  


“We are thrilled to partner with Minor League Pickleball, a fantastic event concept that highlights many of sport’s most appealing qualities,” said Scott McCulloch, President and COO for Cliff Drysdale Tennis and Peter Burwash International. “Providing our members, guests and loyal community of pickleball players with engaging play options and competitive offerings is one of our top priorities, and Minor League Pickleball events will help strengthen our programs across the nation.”  


“Minor League Pickleball is focused on providing amateur players with the most dynamic and exciting opportunities to compete. By partnering with Cliff Drysdale Tennis and Peter Burwash International, we’re able to reach even more players and host MiLP events at some of the most renowned racquet sports facilities in the world. We’re excited to work together to bring more people into this exciting game and create more engaging opportunities to play,” said Caroline Luelf, Director of Minor League Pickleball.  

Minor League Pickleball events will be hosted at select CDT and PBI locations across the U.S., including private clubs, public facilities, and resorts. Additionally, a first-of-its-kind Minor League Pickleball travel experience will be hosted July 19-21 at Omni Amelia Island Resort. The package features luxury accommodations, a MiLP tournament, clinics, happy hours and more.  


All players who compete in MiLP events will accumulate points to earn an opportunity to compete in the Minor League Pickleball National Championship, scheduled for December 13-15 and featuring a $50,000 prize purse.

   

Upcoming Minor League Pickleball events at CDT and PBI managed facilities:  

April 13-14: JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa (Palm Desert, CA) 

April 20-21: Esplanade Naples Golf and Country Club (Naples, FL)  

May 4-5: Weston Racquet Club (Weston, FL) 

May 18-19: Tyler Athletic and Swim Club (Tyler, TX) 

June 22-23: John Newcombe Country Club  (New Braunfels, TX)  

July 19-21: Omni Amelia Island Resort, Travel Package  (Amelia Island, FL)  


To register for events and learn more about Minor League Pickleball, visit: www.dupr.com/minorleague 

To learn more about Cliff Drysdale Tennis, visit: www.cliffdrysdale.com  

To learn more about Peter Burwash International, visit: www.pbitennis.com 

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