The 2020 Greenville Smash Tournament has been rescheduled and will be played on Friday, Oct. 9 and Saturday, Oct. 10.
It’s a round robin tournament for players aged 18+ at all skill levels. The tournament will be played outdoors at Northside Park on 12 temporary courts (taped lines on quality tennis courts).
Mixed Doubles will be played on Friday and Women’s & Men’s Doubles will be played on Saturday. The cost is $40 for the first event and $5 for the second event.
Greenville County Parks, Recreation & Tourism is hosting the tournament and Upstate Pickleball will be handling tournament director duties.
Friday, Oct. 9 – Mixed Doubles
Saturday, Oct. 10 – Women’s & Men’s Doubles
Sunday, Oct. 11 is the rain date
Registration begins Monday, July 6.
Registration deadline: Friday, Sep. 25.
Northside Park (101 W. Darby Rd., Greenville, SC 29609) [MAP]
First event $40, $5 for the second event
Mixed Doubles | Women’s Doubles | Men’s Doubles
(round robin format)
Onix Fuse G2 Outdoor ball
Dura Fast 40 Outdoor ball (4.5+ skill levels)
18+ | 50+ | 65+
(age as of 12/31/20)
* Tournament Director reserves the right to combine age and skill level events based on participation.
2.5/3.0 | 3.5 | 4.0 | 4.5/5.0
* Unsure of your skill level? Refer to this Pickleball Skill Level self-assessment sheet (.pdf). Or, ask an experienced player for their assessment of your skill level.
Players Needing Partners:
If you are in need of a partner, please email John Moore with the following information: Name | Age | Skill Level | Event Needing a Partner.
The current list of Players Needing Partners can be accessed here.
Cancellations before Sep. 25, 2020 (5:00 pm) will receive a full refund. No refunds after Sep. 25, 2020.
Inclement Weather Policy:
This is an outdoor tournament. There is no indoor facility back-up plan. If weather is a factor we will do all we can to play matches. There are no refunds if the tournament is impacted by weather. Sunday, Oct., 11 will be a rain day.
The Greenville Spring Smash has been POSTPONED.
Registered players will be receiving a full refund. Expect an email with details.
Greenville Parks & Rec. is looking at a weekend date in October to reschedule the 2020 Greenville Smash.
Our Current Playing Calendar lists the venues, days and times people are playing Pickleball in the area. Balls and loaner paddles will be available for players at each of these listings. See you on the court.
Winter hours for Timmons Park organized play begins Monday, Dec. 9. MWF play changes to an afternoon start time (12:30). Saturday play start time stays the same (9 am).
NOTE: Recreation centers are usually closed on major holidays (and during inclement weather). Outdoor public courts are open for play (weather permitting). And if it’s colder than 50 degrees, then most players will likely stay home rather than play outdoors.
Rain played havoc on the 2019 Greenville Spring Smash. We made a tough decision in canceling Mixed Doubles. We also endured two rain delays to get in Women’s & Men’s Doubles play on Saturday. Players were patient and understanding throughout and the competition on the courts was intense.
Kudos to the winning teams!
Wow!! That was fun.
Friday was a great day for pickleball with lots of cool sun and hot action on the courts. Rain on Saturday forced us to play on a chilly Sunday but everyone was a trooper and played on. Thankfully, temperatures rose above 50 degrees by noon time.
It was great seeing 122 players bring their classy competitive spirit to the tournament. It was also great to see so many new friendships being made. Pickleball people are the best.
The Spring Smash had 14 divisions from Mixed to Men’s to Women’s. Interested in seeing the winning teams? Click here for a nifty two-sheeter listing all the Gold/Silver/Pickles winning teams.
We snapped LOTS of photos during the tournament. There are over 1,200 pictures in our photo gallery. We’ve grouped the photos by day and skill level to make it easier for you to pore over. These photos can be downloaded and used as you wish.
A huge thank you goes to Michelle Giles, Denise Newhouse, Sandy Halkett and John Moore for snapping all the photos.
If you played in the Spring Smash, please take a few minutes to respond to our Player Survey. Your perspective will help us design a better tournament experience. (Thanks.)
2019 Greenville Spring Smash Tournament
We are absolutely doing another tournament next spring. While we haven’t settled on the dates for the 2019 tournament, we do have a special announcement.
Next year’s Spring Smash will be part of the State Games South Carolina.
This is a tremendous opportunity for us to be part of a larger statewide sports festival. Just think, you could be the State Games South Carolina Gold medal winning team next year. (That’s cool, eh?)
We will certainly share more information about this exciting State Games South Carolina opportunity as we finalize details for the 2019 Spring Smash.
Thank You Joni and Rhiana
A massive amount of thanks goes to Joni Dilworth and Rhiana Barrera from Greenville County Parks & Rec. They’ve been instrumental in handling so many of the details needed to make the Spring Smash tournament happen. Without Joni and Rhiana, there would not be a tournament.
THANK YOU Joni and Rhiana!!!!! (And, I hope you’ve finally warmed up from Sunday.)
The inaugural Greenville Pickleball Spring Smash is in the books. Over 130 players participated in the tournament. Rain almost washed out Mixed Doubles play on Friday but the sun shined and matches were played despite 20 mph wind gusts. Ah, but Saturday… glorious day for Pickleball. Little to no wind and lots of spring sunshine.
Here are the medal winners…
age: 19+ | skill: 2.5-3.0
GOLD | Michelle Giles & Steve Nelson
SILVER | Susie Taft & Ted Riley
PICKLES | Nancy Vermilye & Dennis Vermiyle
age: 19+ | skill: 3.5+
GOLD | Emma Winiski & David Kimbrell
SILVER | Wendy Evans & Steve Johnson
PICKLES | Tara Walters & Joshua McClellan
age: 65+ | skill: 3.0
GOLD | Anne Booth & Ken Weitzen
SILVER | Marilyn Barnett & Ron Huston
PICKLES | Kathy Bergeron & John Hesson
age: 65+ | skill: 3.5
GOLD | Doreen McDonald & Bill McDonald
SILVER | Nancy Radar & Bill Radar
PICKLES | Judy Holland & Doug Allen
age: 19+/50+/65+ | skill: 2.5-3.0
GOLD | Katia Walters & Natasha Walters
SILVER | Nicki Dunn & Tricia Phillips
PICKLES | Debra Romaine & Anne Booth
age: 19+/50+/65+ | skill: 3.5-4.0
GOLD | Wendy Evans & Nancy Lenkowski
SILVER | Lora Mason & Karen Wolf
PICKLES | Betsy Donner & Doreen McDonald
age: 19+/50+| skill: 2.5-3.0
GOLD | Nicholas Golowich & Nicky Golowich
SILVER | Rob Claude & Scott Grove
PICKLES | Mike Allen & Ken Pankopp
age: 19+/50+ | skill: 3.5
GOLD | Joshua McClellan & Jacob Hill
SILVER | Robert Wilson & Greg Harabin
PICKLES | Dan Howes & Mike Vinson
age: 19+/50+/65+ | skill: 4.0-4.5
GOLD | Chad Cromwell & Chris Wolfe
SILVER | Dave Bailey & Art Worley
PICKLES | Joshua Cook & Seth Cook
age: 65+ | skill: 3.0-3.5
GOLD | Frank Kinder & Bill Cooper
SILVER | Dan McGonigle & Barry Baum
PICKLES | Gary Allen & Ken Klegon
Michelle Giles and Denise Newhouse took lots a great photos from the tournament and have posted them on Shutterfly for everyone to view and download the high-resolution images.
Here are are few choice pictures from the tournament. Enjoy.
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A news crew from WYFF News 4 showed up on Tuesday night (Sep 6) at Victor City Gym (Greer) to do a story on the growing popularity of Pickleball in the Upstate. The segment aired on the 11 o’clock newscast.
Cathy Hailstone gets lots of on-camera time and does a fantastic job sharing the Pickleball gospel. Tom Boyer also gets some on-camera time and many other Upstate Pickleball players make one-the-court appearances. Click below to watch: