Sarah Ansboury Pickleball Clinics — May 13 & 14

Attending a Pickleball clinic is a surefire way to improve as a player. Lucky for us, Pickleball hotshot Sarah Ansboury is hosting a series of clinics in Connestee Falls on May 13th and 14th (Sat/Sun). She will also be conducting one-on-one coaching sessions on Monday, May 15th. I’ve taken a clinic from Sarah and can guarantee you will learn new skills and techniques that will improve your game.

More information is below (or click here for the PDF).

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Greenville Pickleball Spring Smash Recap

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 took lots a great photos from the tournament and has posted them on Shutterfly for everyone to view and download the high-resolution images.

Here are are few choice pictures from the tournament. Enjoy.

*** View all photos on Shutterfly ***

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Pickleball Tournament in Florence, SC (April 29, 30)

The City of Florence, SC is hosting a Pickleball Tournament on April 29 & 30 (Sat/Sun). Mixed, Women’s and Men’s Doubles will be played in three age divisions (18+, 50+, 60+).

The tournament benefits local kids who will compete in the International Children’s Games. Registration is underway and closes on April 23.

More information:
Registration link (then click on “Pickleball”)

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Greenville Pickleball Spring Smash Tournament

Pickleball continues to grow in the Upstate area. Over the past year we’ve introduced the game to many new players and have added many more places to play. It’s exciting for everyone to be a part of this growing community of Pickleball players.

Here’s more exciting news that speaks to the growth of Upstate Pickleball. We’re helping to host a tournament!

Greenville Pickleball Spring Smash Tournament

The Greenville Pickleball Spring Smash Tournament will be played on Friday, Mar. 31 and Saturday, Apr 1.

It’s a round robin tournament for players aged 19+ at all skill levels. This tournament will be played outdoors at Butler Springs Park on 8 temporary courts.

Mixed Doubles will be played on Friday and Women’s & Men’s Doubles will be played on Saturday. The cost is $25 for the first event and $5 for the second event.

Greenville County Parks, Recreation & Tourism is running the tournament and Upstate Pickleball will be on-site hosts and serve as the referee committee.


Friday, Mar. 31 – Mixed Doubles
Saturday, Apr. 1 – Women’s & Men’s Doubles
Open practice on Thursday, Mar. 30 from 12:00 to 4:00pm
(Sunday, Apr. 2 is the rain date)

*** CLOSED as of March 24 ***

Butler Springs Park (301 Butler Springs Rd, Greenville, SC 29615) [MAP]

$25 for one event, $5 for additional event

Mixed Doubles | Women’s Doubles | Men’s Doubles
(round robin format)

Onix Pure 2 Outdoor ball

Age Categories*:
19+ | 50+ | 65+
(age as of 12/31/17)

Skill Levels*:
2.5 | 3.0 | 3.5 | 4.0 | 4.5+

(1) Tournament Director reserves the right to combine age and skill level events based on participation.
(2) 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.

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Current Calendar of Play

Looking to find a game of Pickleball in the Upstate area? This is your best source. 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.

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New Start Times for Play at Gower Park


Fall/Winter hours are going into effect for Pickleball play at Gower Park. Starting Monday Oct. 24, 1:00pm is the new start time for Mon/Wed/Fri play. And, 10:00am is the new start time for Saturday play.


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Pickleball is Growing in Popularity in the Upstate

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:


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Upstate Pickleball


Upstate Pickleball is an athletic and social group that plays Pickleball in the greater Greenville/Spartanburg area.

Organized play happens nearly every day of the week. To find a game, click on the CURRENT PLAYING CALENDAR. All skill levels are welcome to play during these times and loaner paddles are available to new players.

With Pickleball gaining in popularity in the Upstate, there are a growing number of PLACES TO PLAY. We keep an updated listing of tennis courts and gymnasiums that are ready for Pickleball play. (Please note… you will need to supply your own paddles and balls.)

If you are brand new to Pickleball, click on PICKLEBALL OVERVIEW to learn more about this hybrid game of tennis, table tennis, badminton and racquetball. You can also CONTACT US with any questions. We hope to see you on the Pickleball court.

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