NORTH CAROLINA SOUTH REGIONAL WINNERS from North Carolina
North Carolina Pickleball
Pickleball Thriving in North Carolina by Bynum Tuttle – USAPA Piedmont Ambassador
America’s fastest growing sport is spreading like wild fire in the Old North State. The growth in North Carolina and many other states has mushroomed over the past three years.
Many golfers and tennis players have made the switch to pickleball as their primary sporting endeavor. This is particularly true among the age 50+ population segment. There are many factors that help lead us to this conclusion.
At first glance one will note the increased number of places to play. New courts are being opened and existing courts are seeing expanded play. There is frequent media exposure via TV, news agencies and social media. The number of tournaments offered with in the state has more than doubled in the past three years. The majority of tournament play is in the 50+ age group.
The expansion of play has resulted in an elevation in the level of play. This fact is easily demonstrated by the number of North Carolina players being awarded medals at the recent Atlantic South Pickleball Tournament. The tournament was sanctioned by the USAPA and included players ranging from Maine to Florida and as far west as Utah. North Carolina was well represented and demonstrated that their skill level was not lacking as well.
As my mother used to say, “The proof is in the pudding!” Follow the results below: