The “Big Dill” was once again a big deal at Carrie Blake Community Park this past weekend.
The Sequim Picklers saw the return of their Big Dill Fun Day on Saturday, May 20, hosting 40 players playing in doubles pairs at the park’s pickleball courts.
The tourney — an event held in previous years but put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic — was open to players relatively new to the sport and rated 2.0-2.9.
About three-quarters of the entries in the tourney had picked up the sport within the past year, said David Goose, the Picklers’ director of court operations.
“I think people were very excited; the tourney was run very well, ” he said.
“It’s nice to get people out [who are] at the lower levels, to come out and have fun and see if this is something they want to pursue.”
On Saturday, Kevin Jenks and Mike Richer edged Sherri Gyovai and Cindi Pettit in the final match, with Greg Cooper and Tom Flack in third place and Steve Burkett and Abigail Berg placing fourth.
“As long as there are no disasters, this’ll be an annual event,” Goose said.
Pickleball has been called the fastest growing sport in America, with origins tracing back to nearby Bainbridge Island.
“The city needs to pursue more courts,” Goose said.
Upcoming tournaments for the Sequim Picklers, a registered nonprofit club formed to “facilitate the growth of pickleball in Sequim and on the Olympic Peninsula for enjoyment, health, and social engagement among players of all ages,” include the Sequim Fling Tournament, Friday-Sunday, June 23-25, with round robin play, men’s, women’s and mixed divisions, four age brackets and designed for players in 3.0-4.0 skill levels.
Also scheduled this year is the Blue Hole Bash Tournament, Friday-Sunday, Sept. 20-Oct. 1.
The club also has organized play at the courts on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (some play for members only). The club’s annual meeting and party is Saturday, June 17, at the nearby Guy Cole Center.
See sequimpicklers.net for more information.