Pickleball at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church

We have a new place to play Pickleball in the Upstate and it’s indoors.

Buncombe Street United Methodist Church (BSUMC) is opening up its gym on Saturday mornings from 10:00am to 1:00pm for Pickleball play. There are three courts to play and all skill levels are welcome. The BSUMC gym is open for indoor Saturday morning play beginning July 29.

BSUMC is located at the corner of Buncombe St. and N. Academy St. [map]. The entrance to the gym, known as Drake Hall, is by the “Student Ministry” sign. Limited parking spaces are available at the church but there is a big parking lot just south of the church across Buncombe. St [parking map].

Saturday morning play continues outdoors at Gower Park in Greenville and at Pope Field in Easley as detailed in our Current Playing Calendar.

Susie T. has been instrumental in getting BSUMC to start its Pickleball program. (Thanks Susie.)

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4th Annual Keowee Key Pickleball Classic Tournament

The 4th Annual Keowee Key Pickleball Classic Tournament is happening on Fri/Sat Oct. 13-14. This is a two-day round robin tournament with Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles. There will be two skill level divisions: 3.0 and a 3.5+. All players must be 50 years of age or older to play.

Women’s Doubles and Men’s Doubles will be played on Friday, Oct. 13. Mixed Doubles will be played on Saturday, Oct. 14. (Sunday, Oct. 15 will be the rain date.)

CLICK HERE to download the registration form.


Interested in playing but unsure of your skill level? Refer to this Pickleball Skills Level self-assessment sheet. Or, ask an experienced player for their assessment of your skill level.


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Connestee Falls Pickleball Tournament

Connestee Falls is hosting their 7th Annual Fall Pickleball Tournament to raise money for college scholarships. The round robin outdoor tournament is being held Sept. 21 – 23 (Thurs/Fri/Sat). The tournament will have three events: Mens Doubles, Womens Doubles and Mixed Doubles. Skill level divisions are 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5+. All players must be 45 years or older.

This is a very well run tournament and many Upstate Pickleball players have played (and medaled) in past years.

CLICK HERE to view the flyer.

CLICK HERE to download the registration form.

Interested in playing but unsure of your skill level? Refer to this Pickleball Skills Level self-assessment sheet. Or, ask an experienced player for their assessment of your skill level.

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Summer Pickleball Hours & Places

There are several changes to our Summer playing calendar. Please take note of the following:

GREENVILLE — Gower Park
Starting June 5, Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat play at Gower Park (24 Evelyn Ave
Greenville — map) will begin at 8:30 am.

SENECA — Northside Elementary School
Northside Elementary School (710 N Townville St, Seneca — map) is the new summer location for Pickleball in Seneca. Starting Monday, June 5, organized play will be from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon on Mondays and Wednesdays. (The gym will be available to play Pickleball everyday but Fridays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.) Cost is $2.00 per day and the money collected will go to cover the cost of tape, balls and miscellaneous supplies.

EASLEY — Pope Field Park
Tuesday night play from 6:00 to 8:30 pm has recently started at Pope Field (310 Pope Field Rd, Easley — map). It’s outdoors and all skill levels are welcome. (Saturday play continues to start at 8:00 am.)

ANDERSON — Anderson Sports Center
Two tennis courts now have painted Pickleball lines at the Anderson Sports Center (3027 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Anderson — map). While there is currently no organized play at the Anderson Sports Center, enthusiasm for Pickleball is growing with the strong possibility of more tennis courts being painted with Pickleball lines.


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Pickleball Clinic in Cayce, SC — July 22 & 23

Attention all Intermediate and Beginner players… here’s an opportunity to improve your Pickleball game. Prem Carnot travels the world teaching people to play better Pickleball. He’s coming to Cayce, SC (near Columbia) to lead a two-day clinic on July 22 & 23.

According to Prem, “There’s nothing like watching the light go off in my students’ eyes as they suddenly discover a new, simpler, smarter approach to this crazy game we all love.” 

The two-day clinic will be held at the Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center [map] and it’s about a 100 mile drive from Greenville. It’s worth the drive because there are very few clinics that happen in the Upstate area so this is a great opportunity to learn how to play smarter Pickleball.

It’s affordable and you’re certain to improve your game by attending the clinic. CLICK HERE for more information.

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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…

MIXED DOUBLES

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


WOMENS DOUBLES

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


MENS DOUBLES

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:
Flyer
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.


MORE DETAILS

Dates:
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)


Registration:
*** CLOSED as of March 24 ***


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

Cost:
$25 for one event, $5 for additional event

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

Ball:
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+

NOTES:
(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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