Spring pickleball classic held in Towns County
ountain Spring Pickleball Classic was held at the Towns County Pickleball Complex in Hiawassee, Friday-Sunday, May 20-22. More than 260 players from the local area and from a dozen states traveled to Hiawassee for the event. Competitors and spectators traveled from as far away as Florida, Michigan and Colorado.
Volunteers from the Georgia Mountain Pickleball Club as well as several members of Hayesville's Mountain Lakes Pickleball Club assisted in setting up for the tourney and managing other activities.
Professional players presented clinics on Thursday prior to the tourney for players to improve their game skills. Nationally-ranked players Deb Harrison, Dee Ahern and Byron and Marsha Freso led the well-attended clinics.
Tournament play began Friday with women’s and men’s doubles play, but rain throughout the day resulted in many games being postponed until Sunday. Mixed doubles were played on Saturday. Players were bracketed by age and skill level and the tournament was formatted as either double elimination or round robin depending on the number of competitors within a bracket. Several players from the local area participated in the tourney and earned gold, silver or bronze medals.