FRESNO SECTIONAL FEBRUARY 11-14
Once again it’s time for the winter sectional. It’s not too late to get your partners and teams together. If you can’t get it together, call partnership chairman Jackie Finn at 559-435-0858. We have new times for the Thursday games – 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for both open and 499er pair games. Friday and Saturday repeat last year’s schedule of 10 am and 3 p.m. for open and 499er sections. The one exception is Saturday morning – with a 199er game instead of 499er game. Newcomers with fewer than 10 master points play free Saturday morning. Friday night at 7:30 is our fast pairs. We should be done with that by 9:30 or so.
Scott Campbell from southern California is our tournament director. Tournament chairman Laura Da Costa plans the events, including the new times for Thursday. Jackie Finn is hospitality chairman, who plans the Sunday lunch and refreshments throughout the tournament. We are grateful for our members who donate refreshments for the tournament. There will be sign-up sheets at the bridge center so that we’ll have refreshments for every session. Come to the tournament and have a great time!
Bob Durbrow is now directing the Wednesday night bridge game. If you need a partner for the 6:45 pm game, call him at 779-7460. Thanks to Kay Chrisman for several years at the helm of the Wednesday night game, doing a great job keeping the game active.
The top players in Oakhurst for December were Ken Doig, Joe Fox, Burke Zane, Paul Mertens, and Corey Cole. The top players in Oakhurst for January are Claire Molnar, Ken Doig, T.Srinivasan, Burke Zane, and Jim Luther. Leaders for December in Madera are Gary Nelson, followed by Nick and Mary Gullo. Nelson was the 2015 leader, followed by Richard Meffley, Carol Kaufman, and Larry and Gay Slates. Carol Kaufman leads in January in Madera, followed by Gary Nelson and Gay and Larry Slates.
The top players in Fresno for December were Mark Stern, followed by Steve Sharp, Victor Greener, Ray April, and Jay Roll. The top 99ers were Don and Doris Myers, followed by Nancy Jones, and Ann Sadler. Ray April was the top player for 2015, followed by Steve Sharp and Mark Stern. Don Myers was the top 99er for 2015, followed by Doris Myers and Marge Field. January masterpoints are on the master point page.
SAPPHIRES and RUBIES
The ACBL now has new Life Master ranks. Life Masters with 3,500 master points can attain the rank of Sapphire Life Master. LMs with over 1,500 master points can become Ruby Life Masters. Congratulations to our new Sapphire LMs: Wanda Cardella, Monique Irion, Gerard Laquerriere, Maggie Mahaffey, and Blake Rundquist. Congratulations to new Ruby Life Masters: Ray April, Dana Brown, Corey Cole, Bob Cross, Manny Dichner, and Lowell Gist.
E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to get a free .pdf file of the directory.
Please add Rose Boot, 432-1735, to your entries in the roster. She has moved, but still comes back to play at our club.
Please correct Bob and Tay Cherry's phone number to 436-4580. Tay's email is email@example.com. Bob's mobile phone is 960-6710, Tay's cell is 908-6539.
PRO-AM SWISS TEAMS February 28
Join us for a pot luck lunch at noon, followed by a fun-filled Pro-Am Swiss team game at 1 pm. For Pro Am teams, we divide the players into four groups, according to master points. Then we draw one from each group to make a team. That gives everyone a chance, since all the team are about equal. Plus,you get to play with a few new partners. It's fun!
PLACES AND FACES
We had lots of winners at the recent Monterey regional. Peter Weber, Susan Vildosola, Avis Morse, and Bonnie Chan were second in Bracket 2 of the Knockout teams. Mark Stern, Sally Anne Eatherly, Carol Miller, and Judy Shuster were third in Bracket 3 KO teams. Mary Lou Pease, Cynthia Tingey, Judy Jessick, and Rhonda Hampton were third in Bracket 5 of the KO teams and fourth in Flight B of the Swiss teams. Robert Durbrow, Belva Quattrin, and Bill Glass were fourth in the Senior Swiss teams. Jay Roll was third in the Senior Swiss teams and third in the AM Swiss teams. Larry Miller and Andrew Graves were sixth in the 299er pairs and first in Flight B of the AM Swiss teams. Mary Lou Pease and Judy Jessick were 15th in the Gold Rush pairs. Farid Assemi and Richard Meffley were seventh in the open pairs. Rick Whitworth was sixth in one Daylight pairs and 15th in another.
Rhonda Hampton and Angie Heisdorf won Flight B of the side game. Jay Roll came in first, third, and sixth in the side games, and fourth with Bill Glass. Belva Quattrin and Bob Durbrow won a side game.
Congratulations to all our winners in Monterey!
Welcome to new members Ann Keag, Ronald Rayburn, and Walt Kelso.
We re-elected officers:
President: Richard Meffley
Vice President: Laura Da Costa
Secretary: Kay Chrisman
Treasurer: Don Austin
Some of the appointments are:
Judiciary: Bob Durbrow
Recorder: John Schnell
Charity: Mary Lou Pease
Hospitality: Jackie Finn
Others will be determined at the next meeting.
We’re starting a new cell phone policy at the bridge center. If your cell phone rings during the game, you must make a $1 donation to the unit, unless it’s some sort of emergency or urgent message. This also applies to personal calls to the bridge center’s phone. Calls for bridge club business are exempt. Please put your phone on vibrate, or off during play. If your purse contains a phone, the same rules apply. Please note that this policy is similar to bridge tournament policy – there is a penalty at all bridge tournaments if the director confirms that your phone rang during play. This policy applies to all Unit games, and may apply to other games.
1AB Ray April - Howard Arquette
2A Margaret Mahaffey - Steve Sharp
2B Don Austin - Marion Austin
1A Steve Sharp - Barbara Thacker
2A Avis Morse - Ray April
3A Sally Anne Eatherly - Mark Stern
1B Irene Whelchel - Judy Zimmerer
2B Jay Shapiro - John Barrere
1/2A Margaret Mahaffey - Steve Sharp
1/2A Skip Miller - Barbara Thacker
3/4A1/2B Jay Shapiro - George Dalition
3/4A1/2B Susan Vildosola - Peter Weber
3B1C Judy Nicholson - John Barrere
2C Larry Miller - Andrew Graves
INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP CHAMPIONSHIP
1 Andrew Graves
2/3 James Sweet
2/3 Richard Meffley
1ABC Susan Vildosola - Peter Weber
2/3A2BC Carol Rodder - Sheila Smith
2/3A Jim McKoane - Barbara Thacker
3B Kay Chrisman - Steve Sharp
1 Laura Da Costa - Ray April
2/3 Margaret Mahaffey - Steve Sharp
2/3 Al Crane - Gloria Durbrow
1AB Lowell Gist - Anthony Toto
2A Victor Greener - Naguib Abdallah
3A David Haberstich - Mark Stern
2B1C Robert Cherry - Tay Cherry
3B Mary Lou Pease - Sally Anne Eatherly
2C John McGregor - Patrick Carroll
1 Jay Shapiro - Laura Neville
2 Steve Sharp - Stephen Blumberg
3 Ray April - Gerry Jones
1AB Nick & Mary Gullo
2A Gary Nelson – Richard Meffley
2B Paula Baraldi – Virginia Hailey
Joe Fox- Corey Cole (3)
Burke Zane - Nancy Hays
Claire Molnar - Ken Doig (2)
Claire Molnar - Al Ellis
Burke Zane - T. Srinivasan (4)
Jim Luther - Ken Doig (2)
Jimmy Moore - Bill Carroll
Claire Molnar Karen McCartin
Ray April - Robert Durbrow
Mark Stern - William Glass
Ray April - Steve Sharp
Carol Kaufman – Barbara Diebert
Charlotte Maschke - Ruth Christensen
Rose Boot - Stephen Blumberg
Victor Greener - Naguib Abdallah
Carolyn Lofton - Robert Endara
Victor Greener - Skip Miller
William Glass - Belva Quattrin
John Schnell - Skip Miller
Irene Whelchel - Jay Shapiro
Della Schnell - John Schnell
Kent Billeter - Jay Shapiro[B]
Olivia Stockton - Virginia Johnson[B]
Ray April - Sheila Smith[B]
Irene Whelchel - Laura Neville [B]
Ray April - Howard Arquette[B]
Larry & Gay Slates [B]
Don Austin - Marion Austin[C]
John Simpson - Michael Molinari[C]
Sydney Bluestone - John Barrere[C]
Avis Morse - Lisa D'Arcy[C]
GOOD-BY 2015 GAME
Barbara Thacker - Jim Mckoane
Avis Morse - Bonnie Chan[B]
Mary Ann Clark - Beverly Little
Jo Ann Hollenbeck - Suzanne Sobenes
Gay Berry - Mary Ann Clark
Don Myers - Doris Myers
Deb Petersen - Barbara Wiedel[B]
Fred Schellack - Joyce Furnas(2)
Gary Pigg - Pamela Pigg
Walt Kelso - Brenda Ward