Pickleball Fever: Davie seniors enjoying sport

Published 10:38 am Friday, April 7, 2023

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It’s the fastest growing sport in the United States.

The same is true for Davie County – especially if you look at participation in Davie Senior Services events.

It’s pickleball, and more and more people are playing every day.

And then there’s the Davie County Senior Games Pickleball tournament, held Thursday, March 23 at the Davie County Community Park featuring more than 30 players.

“The day featured singles, doubles, and mixed doubles,” said Carrie Miller, Davie Senior Services event coordinator. “Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America, which holds true here in Davie County. The Pickleball tournament has grown exponentially over the past three years with over 30 participants this year.”

The pickleball doubles was the hardest fought division.

“This category featured ladies against ladies and men against men who battled it out in intense games that were incredibly energizing to watch,” Miller said. “To close out the day, thesingles players took the court and many of the ladies enjoyed playing singles for the first time.”

The Davie County Community Park staff supported this event.

“Thank you to each person who sat in the stands to cheer on their family members and friends,” she said. “This kept the energy up the whole time where folks enjoyed participating and playing together.

And the winners are …

• Mixed Doubles: (55-59), first – Kim Kinder and Gary Hatley; (60-64), first – Renae Tkach and Scott Fowler, second – Melinda Holland and Harold Wood, third – Julie Cartner and Danny Cartner; (65-69): first – Julie Fox and Gary Dailey, second – Sue Couch and Garry Steele; (70-74), first – Alice Monk and Peter Starks; (75-79), first – Charli Wilcox and Charles Mashburn.

• Doubles: (55-59), first – Kim Kinder and Renae Tkach, John Bullins and Garry Steele, second – Mary Lynn Bullins and Janet Taylor; (60-64), first – Lily Shelton and Gaye Orsini, Gary Hatley and Harold Wood, second – Melinda Holland and Julie Cartner, Scott Fowler and Steve Kluttz; (65-69) first – Janet Foster and Edna Hendrix, James Shelton and Richard Orsini, second – Gary Dailey and Austin Lewis; (70-74) first – Alice Monk and Cathy Wells, Lester Key and Ronald Seamon, second –  Charli Wilcox and Julie Fox; (75-79) first – Charles Mashburn and Peter Starks; (80-84) first – Sue Couch.

• Singles: (55-59) first – Kim Kinder, John Bullins; (60-64) first – Melinda Holland, Scott Fowler, second – Renae Tkach, Gary Hatley, third – Gaye Orsini, Mike Jenkins; (65-69) first – Julie Cartner, Harold Wood; (70-74) first – Alice Monk; (75-79) first – Lester Key, second – Charles Mashburn.

For questions about Senior Games or Senior Services Pickleball, call at 336-753-6230.