Whiteboards were used to keep track of tournament brackets. [ Wendy Weitzel | The Star ]
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Pickleball tournament brings funds, awareness for sea turtle conservation

It’s only the event’s third year, but the Pickleball for Sea Turtles tournament has quickly become a springtime staple in Port St. Joe.

This year’s activities, which spanned three full days over last weekend, included local vendors, informational booths, and a competitive tournament featuring more than 100 local and visiting players.

“We had over twice as many players as last year, some of whom traveled from across the southeast to join us,” said Jessica Swindall, a representative of the Florida Coastal Conservancy, the tournament’s beneficiary.

Food and coffee were provided for the players and spectators by Josie Joe’s Coffee, Lowry B’s BBQ and Sweet Bunz Donuts, and the FCC set up a booth with merchandise and educational information about sea turtles.

Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Center and other programs run by the Florida Coastal Conservancy.

Swindall said that the tournament brought in thousands of dollars for the organization. With nesting season starting May 1, Swindall said the funds will help support the organization’s efforts to raise awareness for and protect the county’s nesting sea turtles.

Tournament results

Women’s Doubles 16+

Gold:  Debby Skipp & Peggy Renihan

Silver:  Billie Barnes & Marie Ehrman

(No Bronze)

Women’s Doubles 50+

Gold:  Adrienne Bell & Penny Isom

Silver:  Lynne Sakanich & Karin Phelan

Bronze:  Funda Aiken & Tammy Farmer

Women’s Doubles 60+

Gold:  Susan Hudlow & Karen Quesada

Silver:  Jackie Brooks & Tracy Nye

Bronze:  Theresa Harrell & Barbara Pickels

Women’s Doubles 70+

Gold:  Charlene Neel & Caroline Madsen

Silver:  Carol Martin & Linda Griffin

(No Bronze)

Men’s Doubles 16+

Gold:  Shane Shelnutt & Shay Shelnutt

Silver:  Brent Edel & Jimmy Harwood

Bronze:  Scott Hoffmeister & Will Burris

Men’s Doubles 50+

Gold:  Shannon Watson & Keith Anderson

Silver:  John Dohogne & Al Johnson

Bronze:  Sean Wieland & Howard Stein

Men’s Doubles 60+

Gold:  Clint Cox & Randy Pridgeon

Silver:  Steve Julian & Lee Pearson

Bronze:  Michael Aiken & Steven Culbertson

Men’s Doubles 70+

Gold:  Ed Mitchem & Allan Becker

Silver:  Tom Hudlow & John Moore

(No Bronze)

Mixed Doubles 16+

Gold:  Tracey Clinkscales & Dustin Lemasters

Silver:  Peggy Renihan & Howard Stein

Bronze:  Casey & Marie Ehrman

Mixed Doubles 50+

Gold:  Randy & Lisa Pridgeon

Silver:  Ginger & John Dohogne

Bronze:  David & Adrienne Bell

Mixed Doubles 60+

Gold:  Deby Revolinski & David VanHandel

Silver:  Tammy Farmer & Ed Mitchem

Bronze:  Susan & Tom Hudlow

Mixed Doubles 70+

Gold: Veronica McCormick & Rick Bryla

Silver:  Patsy Johnson & Steve Julian

Bronze:  Carol Martin & Al Johnson