Legatz, 67, was introduced to pickleball last summer when his wife, Barbara, told him about how the game was being offered at the North Ottawa County Council on Aging Senior Games.
“I bought a paddle and tried the game out,” he said. “I got hooked instantly.”
Legatz was so taken with pickleball that he joined the national association and participated in his first tournament in Traverse City.
In November, he took his game to Phoenix, Ariz., where the biggest national tournament of the year is held. He and Barb participated in mixed doubles. Joe played singles, but was hampered by a leg injury.
To read more of this story, see today's print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.