Sixth Annual Pickleball Tournament a Huge Success

by Mike Beckner

Aiken hosted the sixth annual Palmetto Indoor Pickleball Doubles Invitational tournament from 7-9 September and the tradition continues! 

Attendees were from 8 States and one foreign country with a total of 196 skilled participants engaging in highly competitive and entertaining pickleball.  We are indebted to the hard work of the tournament director, Lisa Miner, who was ably assisted by Mo Garcia, Keith Shaver, Nelson Spitnale and an enthusiastic support staff of volunteers from the Aiken “Pickledillys”.  Employees of the City of Aiken, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department under the supervision of Pam Royal, Athletics Manager, supported the effort at Odell Weeks Community Center. 

Sponsors included Scott Singer of Janney Financial Advisors, Mo Power Sport, G4 Power Products, Security Federal Bank, Suzy Haslup Realtor, Baker Family Dentistry, Onix, Paddletek and Pickleball Central.com. 

Medalists from Aiken were Dennis Vermilye, John Fuller, Jeff Beckner, Walter Suescum, Mark Giddings, David Hoel, Nelson Swartzentruber, Jim Hughes, Jim Kabel, Keith Shaver, Josh Booth, Carlene Clark, Kathie Roberts, Barbara Dellamora, Rob Bromley, Marshall Read, Gene Murphy,Marian Garcia, Beverly Shaver, Vicki NcNair, Tony Quick, Chris Powers, Lisa Sanderson, Bel Madera, Diane Davies, Tracy Hallen, Sherri Vogel, Vince Brumfield, William Haller, Maria James, Michelle Bullington and Joyce Noland.  Congratulations to all and continued success.  

The tournament can only be categorized as an unqualified success and we look forward to next year’s tournament and hope to bring in many more visitors to take advantage of all that Aiken has to offer.