Tournament at Ephesus Park. PHOTO BY SP MURRAY
Chapel Hill’s first pickleball tournament drew 169 teams (115 players) in 14 divisions for a three-day outdoor event at Ephesus Park, organized by Chapel Hill Parks & Rec and Chapel Hill Pickleball.
“We’re planning to expand to two tournaments next year (spring and fall) after the success of our first tournament, which was extremely well received, said Tournament Director Brad Hemminger of Chapel Hill Pickleball.“Also if the town is able to add additional pickleball courts in Chapel Hill, we would like to host more and larger tournaments in the future.”
Toward that end, a group of pickleball supporters, headed by Gracia Barry and BJ Attwood, attended a Town Council meeting in early October to lobby for 24 outdoor courts and six indoor courts at proposed Legion Park on former American Legion property.
Tournament award winners by division:
W Doubles U55, Gold, Marina Heatzig and Jen Johnson; Silver Kelly Gent and Rosemary Anderson; Bronze Amy Harmon and Leslie Robinson.
W Doubles U65, Gold, Brenda Dail and Becky Hendrickson; Silver, Dawn Clark and Miriam Roberts; Bronze, Sherry Worrell and Darlene Jackson.
W Doubles O65, Gold, Linda Johnson and Susan Plato; Silver, BJ Atwood and Gracia Barry.
M Doubles U55, Gold, Tony Carr and Rene Lemar; Silver, Abraham Post and John Post; Bronze, Troy Miller and Kevin Muempfer.
M Doubles U65, Gold, Richard Halloman and Dean Williams; Silver, Joe Bocchicco and Bill Harris; Bronze John Hendrickson and Horace Whitaker.
M Doubles O65, Gold, Jim Smedley and Vance Remick; Silver, Richard Brown and Bruce Jones; Bronze, Steven Morrissey and Joe Borrelli.
Mixed Doubles U55, Gold, Abraham Post and Chastity Hill; Silver, Brad Hemminger and Staci Green; Bronze, Kevin Muempfer and Meredith Vincent.
Mixed Doubles U65, Gold, Joe Bocchicco and Jen Johnson; Silver, Richard Holloman and Glenda Pfister; Bronze, Horace Whitaker and Eileen Kalish.
Mixed Doubles O65, Gold, Greg Dunn and Bonnie Hensel; Silver, Jim Robles and Janice Clayton; Bronze, Doug Brugler and Marga Beasley.
W Singles U55, Gold, Meredith Vincent; Silver, Sarah Milford-Beland; Bronze, Ashley Dietrich.
W Singles O 55, Gold, Janice Clayton; Silver, Sandra Endsley; Bronze, Debbie Dawson.
M Singles U55, Gold, Nick Galvez; Silver, Anton Giduz, Bronze, Ricky Stephens.
M Singles U65, Gold. Jon Post; Silver, Bill Harris; Bronze, Dean Williams.
M Singles O65, Gold, Doug Brugler; Silver, Luis Vazquez; Bronze, Jim Robles.