2019 PHOF Inductee

Jennifer Lucore

Competitor

Jennifer Lucore

CITIZENSHIP: USA

BORN: 1966 in California

PLAYS: Right-handed

EDUCATION:

  • Fallbrook Union High School, Fallbrook, CA
  • California State University of Bakersfield

BACKGROUND
Jennifer Lucore’s first exposure to pickleball was in 2007 when she was vacationing with her family and met up with her parents, Bob and Bev Youngren, in Bend, OR, for a fun family tournament. There, she saw how all ages can compete and have a great time together. She attended the first USAPA Nationals in 2009 for a mini-vacation and to just watch her parents compete. In 2010, she started playing and developed a love and passion for the game and the people that play.

Jennifer’s parents, Bob and Bev Youngren reside in Surprise, AZ, one of the hot spots for pickleball. They have been playing and sharing the love of the game with thousands of other players since the late 1990s. Beverly was one of the first official USAPA ambassadors in 2005.

Through pickleball, Jennifer has been able to travel and meet great friends all around the USA and internationally, including Canada, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Europe, Spain, Singapore, and Thailand.

PERSONAL LIFE

She is a marketing consultant, married with two daughters, just purchased an RV for travel, and is a SENIOR (pickleball senior is age 50+).

Major Contributions

  • Pickleball Magazine – Board Member and Around the Post column
    co-contributor in every issue.
  • International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) World Ambassador at Large.
  • USA Pickleball Ambassador at Large (since June 2015).
  • International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (IPTPA) –
    Founding member.

Jennifer Lucore is the sport’s first “sponsored” pickleball player. In 2012, she was “sponsored” to play for Pickle-Ball Inc. of Seattle, WA. At that time, there were a few players who could also be considered sponsored, although they (or their parents) had ownership of a paddle, ball, or goods/service pickleball company.

2011: Worked with Bill Booth (USAPA president) to get the USAPA to utilize a master membership list for a web-based email subscription software for newsletter and communications. USAPA’s membership was around 5,600.

January 2012 – June 2014: Publisher of monthly e-newsletter for USAPA (Volunteered). Redesigned the newsletter into a web format and enhanced each issue with photos, graphics, and advertisements. (Designed ads for vendors/advertisers)

2012 -2013: Blogger for www.pickleball.com. Column: Ask the Pro

March 2014 – present: A world-known pickleball blogger publishing timely news, tips, drills, and many other topics to her website at www.allpickleball.com.

In 2018, she and her mom, Beverly Youngren, co-authored and published the best-seller History of Pickleball – More Than 50 Years of Fun!

 

2012 USAPA Nationals

2013 USAPA Nationals: Threepeat Gold with Alex Hamner

Jennifer playing with Alex Hamner

COMPETITION AND AWARDS RECOGNITION:

USA PICKLEBALL NATIONALS:

2011 – 2019

  • Open Singles – 3 Gold, 1 Silver
  • Senior Open Singles – 1 Silver
  • Open Women’s Doubles – 4 Gold
  • Senior Open Doubles – 1 Gold, 1 Bronze
  • Open Mixed Doubles – 1 Bronze
  • Age Singles – 2 Gold, 1 Bronze
  • Age Doubles – 4 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze
  • Age Mixed – 3 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze

CANADIAN NATIONALS:

2012 – 2017

  • Open Singles – 5 Gold, 1 Silver
  • Open Women’s Doubles – 3 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze
  • Open Mixed Doubles – 1 Silver
  • Senior Open Mixed Doubles – 1 Gold
  • Age Doubles – 1 Gold
  • Age Mixed Doubles – 1 Gold

HUNTSMAN WORLD SENIOR GAMES:

2016 – 2018

  • 5.0 Women’s Doubles – 2 Gold, 1 Silver
  • Age Doubles – 3 Gold
  • 5.0 Mixed Doubles – 1 Gold, 1 Silver

TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

2013 – 2018

  • Open Women’s Doubles – 2 Gold, 1 Silver
  • Open Women’s Doubles Legends/Seniors – 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
  • Open Mixed Doubles – 1 Gold, 1 Bronze
  • Open Singles Legends – 2 Silver

 

INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENTS

2015

  • Madrid, Spain Open Doubles – 1 Gold
  • Open Mixed Doubles – 1 Gold

2016

  • Amsterdam Pro Doubles – 1 Gold
  • Pro Mixed Doubles –1 Gold

2017

  • Spanish Open – Open Mixed Doubles – 1 Silver
  • Bainbridge Cup, Madrid, Spain

2018

  • Pickleball International Event at Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan

2019

  • Thailand Open, Hua Hin
  • Open Mixed Doubles – Gold
  • Open Singles – Gold

US OPEN PICKLEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

2016 – 2019

  • Open Women’s Doubles – 1 Bronze
  • Senior Open Women’s Doubles – 1 Silver
  • Senior Open Singles – 1 Silver
  • Age Doubles – 1 Gold, 2 Silver, Gold or Silver – Finals rained out
  • Age Mixed Doubles – 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

GRAND CANYON STATE GAMES

2012 – 2017

  • 5.0 Doubles – 5 Gold, 1 Silver
  • 5.0 Mixed Doubles – 2 Gold, 1 Silver
  • Age Doubles – 3 Gold
  • Age Mixed Doubles – 2 Gold 2 Silver

OTHER AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:

  • As a pickleball historian and author, the 14th Annual National Indie Excellence® Awards (NIEA) recognizes “History of Pickleball – More Than 50 Years of Fun!” as the 2020 winner in the Sports category.
  • Honorary Tournament Marshall for the 2019 Provincial Championship Weekend in Novia Scotia (Arisaig).
  • 2019 – Awarded the Lone Star award for community service at the Texas Open, Coppell, TX.
  • 2019 – Recipient of a John A. Gullo Award Ring presented at 2019 Tournament of Champions.
  • Speaker at USAPA Ambassador Retreats (2019 – 2020)
  • Professional Pickleball Federation (2017 PPF) Singles Senior Pro – Gold, Gold Doubles Senior Pro 1 Gold, 1 Silver