Chapel Hill’s First Pickleball Tournament

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.