Local duo wins gold medal in women's doubles pickleball at Empire State Senior Games

Stacey Cleary and Linda Ptak won the women's doubles pickleball event at the Empire State Senior Games in SUNY Cortland to qualify for the National Senior Games taking place next May in Florida.

Posted: Jun 18, 2021 8:03 PM

CORTLAND, N.Y. - A pair of local athletes took home some hardware at the Empire State Senior Games taking place at SUNY Cortland.

Stacey Cleary, of New Hartford, and Linda Ptak, of Whitesboro, won the gold medal in women's doubles pickleball for the 50-59 age group.

The local duo competed in the level 4.0 division, which is considered just below pro level, which is 5.0.

Pickleball is a sport in the same vein of tennis, played on a smaller court with balls similar to wiffleballs.

With the gold medal in tow, Cleary and Ptak qualify for the National Senior Games taking place May 10-23, 2022 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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