Pickledilly News

Aiken pickleball player Diana Hunt was recently fetured in Bella Magazine for her interaction with tigers in Thailand.  Click here to read the story.


After a small opening bump with finicky keys, fun was had by all at the first day of play at First Presbyterian Church.  If you want to give the new facility a try, see the calendar for times, and sign up using the appropriate link under "Sign-ups" on the main menu.


Click here to check out this article on pickleball and longevity in the Aiken Standard.


The October Round Robin was a great success.  Thank you to Nancy Vermilye for all her hard work in organizing this event, and thank you to all the court monitor volumteers who helped to make everything run smoothly.

Thank you also to all the players and subs.  Everyone showed great sportsmanship and played hard.  It was great to have players from Columbia and Augusta join us in this event. 

Winners from the various divisions are posted below.  For more photos, click here.

3.0 division

First place:  Paul Deason - Yuriko Palermo

Second place: Mike Wells - Russell Crews

Third place: Carole Mouton- Jim Tegart

3.5 division

First place: Walter Suescum - Vivian Chi

Second place: Richard Pack - Nelson Spitnale

Third place: Chuck Buchanan - Michelle Bullington

4.0 Division

First place: Mo Garcia - Luis Garay

Second place : Jeff Beckner - Jim Kabel


by Mike Beckner

We are pleased to announce that Diane Voss has agreed to assume the role of rating committee chairperson. 

She will work with Ron Nelson to learn the necessary skills before taking over sometime before January 2019.

Ron, we all owe you an incredible debt of gratitude for the hard work and commitment you have provided to the Aiken pickleball community, especially in your role as chairman of the rating committee.  Your work has been integral to our whole system of organizing the court structure and if we didn't have the rating program we would not have a cohesive program for  designating our limited courts.  Thank you so very much for your involvement and guidance.  




The Aiken Y has added drop-in play for non-members on Wednesdays. 

For details, go to https://thefamilyy.org/programs/22511492/pickleball/#division_2172373 and click on "Aiiken Non-member Drop-in".


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.  


We are well underway in the new year for the Pickledillys.  We do have one open position that needs to be filled immediately. 

It would be nice to see some new faces volunteering in the Pickledillys group. In this position, there would be people to assist you as needed.

League Manager

  • Shadow Mo Garcia this fall season
  • There are  two seasons for league each year - Spring and Fall
  • Schedule dates for league play - arrange location and time of play
  • Manage the captains
  • Manage the Top Dog Sports website
  • Arrange location and time of play

We appreciate your consideration. iI you are interested in this position, please contact Nancy and Joyce at info@aikenpickleball.com  


From Lisa Miner

I would like to thank every one of you personally for all the hard work you put in over the tournament weekend.

The tournament was a huge success and that was thanks, in no small part, to each and every one of you. From the check in and event desks to the lunch room and the court monitors, all the comments that I heard were entirely positive. Congratulations!

The post tournament survey results are in and I thought you might like to hear some of the feedback that we got. The players were asked to rate their enjoyment of tournament on a scale of 1 to 10 and the average score was 9.17. That’s incredible. 88.1% liked the swag bag contents, there were some who were not keen on the shirt color but when you pick something that bright you know some will object. The lunch scored 4.2 out of 5 and having lunch provided was considered a big bonus. When asked whether they would return next year 78.82% said yes and 17.65% were undecided — again great numbers.

Finally here are a few of the comments from the survey:

"All the volunteers were fantastic."

“Thank you for a great weekend. The organizers and volunteer staff tried very hard to make it enjoyable. Give them all a big hug."

"I had a wonderful time, good organization with helpful and courteous volunteers. Kudos to all of you."

"Loved loved loved the staff of volunteers - made it all worth while."

"Best run tournament that I have attended EVER"

"Had a Blast one of best Tournaments I’ve played. ??"

"The staff working the tournament are extremely friendly.”

So thank you once again. When I see you I will try and remember to give you the Big Hug!




The 2018 Palmetto Doubles Tournament was a huge success!  Thank you to tournament director Lisa Miner, computer specialist Nelson Spitnale, and all of the other volunteers who made this outstanding event possible.

Chuck Buchanan has placed photos he took of the event under "Information/Photos" - or you can just click here. Thanks, Chuck, for taking these great pictures!

And congratulations to all the medal winners from the Aiken area.  Aiken again showed what  great pickleball program we have!