Volume LXVII No 8
We’re having our 14th annual this month. To be eligible, you must not have over 500 master points and not be a Life Master. It’s a great chance to win silver points without playing against LMs. We’ve scheduled four pair games - at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day, with a free lunch and bridge lesson at about 1:30,
Kay Chrisman will direct the tournament. If you need a partner, call Mary Lou Pease at 559-288-2344 or e-mail marylou121@comcast,net. Laura DaCosta is the tournament chair. Invite your friends to play in this fun weekend. For those with 10 points or less, the 10 am game on Saturday is free.
Laura DaCosta will start at the beginning with lessons for newcomers on Saturday, September 12 at 9 a.m. These lessons start at the very beginning, focusing on bidding and play. The beginning series lasts about nine weeks. If you know some friends who want to learn bridge, these are the lessons to get them started. All newcomers are welcome.
Thanks to all who contributed to the Alzheimer’s Association. We raised almost $600 between the games and the donations.
The Pro-Am team game was a big success, with nine teams playing. Maggie Mahaffey, Lynn Green, Rhonda Hampton, and Marge Field were the winners. We’ll have another pro-am team game on September 20.
PLACES and FACES
At the San Francisco sectional, Gerard Laquerriere was fourth in the open pairs.
At the Bridge Week regional in Pasadena, Jay Roll was eleventh in the IMP pairs, eighth in the fast pairs, second in flight B of the Education Foundation pairs, and second in flight A of the side game.
Jim Sweet is now an NABC master. Pam Pigg and Ellen Stoneburg are now club masters. Former Fresnan Rose Boot just made Gold Life Master. Congratulations on the rank changes!
It’s good to see Sheila Smith back playing bridge after her recent surgery.
Our sympathy goes to Diana Papazian whose husband passed away.
Our sympathy also goes to Martha Waller, whose daughter passed a
THE LONGEST DAY
1 Robert Cherry - Stephen Blumber
2 Denny Tweed - Cathleen Burden
3 Jim McKoane - Laura Neville
1A Mun Takeda - Gerard Laquerriere
2A Richard Meffley - David Ash
3A1BC Julie Wilson - Gerry Jones
2B Howard Arquette - Ray April
3B Belva Quattrin - Patricia Delamontanya
2C Pat Simpson - Jackie Finn
C3 Virginia Johnson - Gloria Durbrow
1A Gerard Laquerriere - Mun Takeda
A2B1 Gloria Durbrow - Robert Durbrow
3A Monique Irion - Steve Sharp
2B Villa Vejvoda - Susan Spears
1ABC Linda Ash - David Ash
2AB Victor Greener - Mark Stern
3A Debbie Kemp - Richard Meffley
3B Steve Sharp - Laura Neville
2C Irene Whelchel - Judy Zimmerer
PRO-AM PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP
1AB Steve Sharp - Kay Chrisman
2A Laura Da Costa - Mark Stern
3A2B Judy Jessick - Roger Smith
3B1C Jason Mcalexander - Keiko Collins
2C Sally Anne Eatherly - Laura Neville
1 Stephen Blumberg - Cynthia Tingey
2 Delia Green - George Dalition
3 Howard Arquette - Renee Laquerriere
1 Skip Miller - Victor Greener
2 Laura Neville - Ruth Christensen
3 Jim McKoane - Barbara Thacker
1AB Mark Stern - David Haberstic
2/3AB1/2C John McGregor - Patrick Carroll
2/3AB1/2C Anthony Toto - Andrea Wheeless
1AB Mary Lou Da Costa - Diana Papazian
2AB David Ash - Ray April
3AB Carolyn Lofton - Robert Endara
1C Al Crane - George Dalition
2C Pat Simpson - Jackie Finn
299 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
1 Madeline Lynes - Ellen Stoneburg
2 Joyce Aiken - Jane Willson
3 Jane A. McCoy - Debbie Kemp
Saturday August 22
Many of our members played social, or party bridge before they learned the fun of duplicate. There are still many people who love playing bridge at home or in their own groups. We’re inviting them all to come visit our bridge center on Saturday, August 22, at 1 pm. It’s a chance to see our club and see how much fun we have. They will play bridge, but not duplicate. We’ll arrange partners for those who don’t bring partners, but we expect many will come in groups of two or four or more. Please invite your friends to come for an afternoon of bridge.
August is the last month to play in NAP games to win red points and qualify for later Unit, District, and North American play. Check the calendar to see the dates of this month’s games. Winners receive more master points than club championship winners, and the points are half red points.
Sectional Tournament at Club games are held the week of August 17 to 23. Check with your director to see if your club will hold a STAC game. The Western Conference sponsors the biggest STAC games in the country, with clubs from all western states participating. If you beat out the players from all the other club games, you could win 20 silver points. All points won during STAC games are silver points.
Top players in Oakhurst for July were Ken Doig, Joe Fox, Claire Molnar, Corey Cole, Paul Mertens, and Terri Anderson. Top players in Madera for July were Carol Kaufman and Barbara Diebert, followed by Gay and Larry Slates. Gary Nelson leads for 2015, followed by Richard Meffley, Carol Kaufman, and Gay and Larry Slates.
Back at the Fresno Bridge Center, Mark Stern leads for June, followed by David Ash, Ray April, and Steve Sharp. Ray leads for 2015, followed by Steve, Mark, and David. Julie Wilson leads the 99ers for June, followed by Barbara Brock, and Bill and Chris Rogers. Marge Field leads for 2015, followed by Don and Doris Myers. July results may be on the homepage soon.
750 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
1A Pearl McGinnis - Barbara Brock
2A Pat Huston - Gerry Jone
3A1BC Bill Rogers - Chris Rogers
3A2B Jerry F. Noga - John Hempel
3C Mary Ann Clark - Beverly Little
2C Marge Field - M. Steve Johnson
3C Sue Comporato - Marilyn J. Kendall
Joe Fox - Corey Cole (3)
Claire Molnar - Ken Doig (2)
Jack Stitt - Paul Mertens
Bobbie Sweeden - Nancy Hays
Terri Anderson - T Srinivasan
Joe Fox - Ken Doig
Claire Molnar - Karen McCartin
Carol Kaufman – Richard Meffley
Mary Gullo – Gary Nelson
Barbara Diebert – Carol Kaufman
Gay & Larry Slates
Rose Boot - Mun Takeda
Steve Sharp - Skip Miller
Jim McKoane - Margaret Mahaffey
Steve Sharp - Ray April
William Glass - Monique Irion
Jim McKoane - Barbara Thacker
Victor Greener - Naguib Abdallah
David Haberstich - Mark Stern[B]
Charlotte Maschke - George Dalition[B]
Roger Moon - Jeff Nevins[C]
Jackie Finn - George Efthemon[C]
Laura Da Costa - Carol Rodder[C]
Jim Sweet – Jim Stefanich
Anthony Toto – Byron Steinert