Volume LXVII Number 11
JAY ROLL WINS PRESIDENT’S AWARD
ROGER MOON WINS 99er AWARD
Jay Roll was the top master point winner at the Fresno Winter Sectional, winning three events plus placing second and third in other events to take 26.11 master points. Ray April was second, with almost twenty master points.
Jackie Haugen of Arizona was the top 99er, but the 99er award goes to Roger Moon. Roger tied with his partner, Jeff Nevins of Visalia, but the award always goes to a Fresno unit member.
Representatives from CASA of Fresno came to the sectional to accept the District 21 charity award and to tell us what they do for children.
Attendance was lower than previous tournaments. We welcome your comments about how we can make the tournament better. Just put your comments in the nominating box at the Bridge Center, or tell one of our board members. We are grateful to those who always help out, including hospitality chair Jackie Finn, tournament chair Laura Da Costa, and those who always bring refreshments to our tournaments.
We have heard comments that we should be doing more for our players, not just at the tournament, but other times, too. We provide a nice playing area, paid for mainly from your card fees. Our club owners provide an array of snacks at nearly every session. If there is something more that should be done on a regular basis, please let us know. We always want our players to enjoy their bridge game.
NORTH AMERICAN PAIRS
Those 95 players who qualified in club games in June, July, or August are eligible to play in the Fresno unit finals at 1 pm on Sunday November 8, 2015. If you are qualified in any flight, you may play with another qualifier and possibly win red points and an invitation to the District 21 finals early next year. Just check to see who else is qualified and get a partner.
PLACES AND FACES
At the recent Ventura Regional, Jay Roll won the Swiss teams, finished third twice, and fifth and sixth in other events. Jim Tritt was first and fourth in open pairs championships.
At the Santa Cruz sectional, Denny Tweed and Cathleen Burden were fifth in the I/N pairs.
Welcome to new members Maryclaire Ewing and Marva White.
Congratulations to new club master Jim H. Luther.
Get well wishes go to Mary Lloyd.
We are glad to see Gary Nelson up and around after a motorcycle accident that kept him in a wheelchair for several weeks.
Our condolences go to Joyce Kauder, whose former mother-in-law Mary Jane Farell recently passed away. Mary Jane was a member of the ACBL's Bridge Hall of Fame, winner of many national and world championships, and one of the nicest bridge professionals ever.
1 Mark Stern - Laura Da Costa - Carol Kaufman - Deb Petersen
2 Robert Durbrow - Steve Sharp - John Barrere - Kathryn Miller
1ABC Dick Powell - Deni Glenn Boeve
2ABC Paul Messner - Patricia Creede
3A Ray April - Sheila Smith
3B Keiko Collins - Ruth Christensen
1ABC Judy Jessick - Judy Shuster
2A Richard Meffley - Victor Greener
3A Steve Sharp - Margaret Mahaffey
2BC John Barrere - Jason Mcalexander
3B Howard Arquette - Ray April
1A Patricia Creede - Steve Sharp
2A1B Susan Vildosola - Peter Weber
3A2B George Dalition - Jay Shapiro
1A Monique Irion - Margaret Mahaffey
2A1B Robert Endara - Ray April
3A2B1C Mary Lloyd - George Dalition
3B2C Rhonda Hampton - Judy Zimmerer
1A Della Schnell - John Schnell
2A1B Howard Arquette - Ray April
3A2B John Simpson - Pat Simpson
3B Mun Takeda - Cynthia Tingey
1C Andrew Graves - Jason Mcalexander
2C Carol Miller - Judy Shuster
1A Judy Shuster - Linda Coppersmith
2A Patricia Creede - Sue Gearhart
3A Dick Powell - Deni Glenn Boeve
1BC Karin Blanchard - Larry Miller
2BC Joan Deyager - Marsha Infausto
3B Debbie Kemp - Marion Austin
1A Mark Stern - Belva Quattrin
2A Skip Miller - Barbara Thacker
3A1B Irene Whelchel - Judy Zimmerer
2/3B1/2C Paul Messner - Stephen Blumberg
2/3B1/2C Deni Glenn Boeve - Dick Powell
1AB Victor Greener - David Haberstich
2/4A2/3B Judy Nibler - Rhonda Hampton
2/4A2/3B Patrick Carroll - John McGregor
2/4A Mark Stern - J. Jay Roll
A2B Larry & Gay Slates
2A Gary Nelson – Richard Meffley
2B Virginia Hailey – Paula Baraldi
We are saddened to know that David Ash passed away recently. Our condolences go to Linda and to their sons. David and Linda Ash were active members of the Fresno Unit. David was honored in 1987 as a member of the ACBL Goodwill Committee. He was also a committee member that worked for several years to plan the North American Bridge Championships that visited Fresno in 1980. When the host hotel, the Del Webb, went out of business shortly before the tournament started, he helped arrange buses for players to come from all over town to the convention center. David was president of the Fresno Unit as well as a Fresno Unit Distinguished Service Award honoree. It must run in the family, as wife Linda and mother Agnes were also so honored.
David also was one of our best players, and one of my regular partners. One of his best efforts was winning the District 22 Grand National Teams at the former Fresno Hilton with Richard Meffley,
John Schnell, and Jim Slinger. They traveled to Denver to play against a Denver team and a Bay Area team. The Bay Area team was vanquished, but unfortunately the Denver team triumphed.
When David and Linda were playing frequently, the Friday and Saturday night bridge games never ended at 10 or 11. They continued on in their living room with more bridge, Oh Hell, and any other game they could think of, sometimes until 3 am or later.
We will miss David Ash.
Top October players from Oakhurst were Burke Zane, Joe Fox, Karen McCartin, Jim Luther, and Ken Doig. Top Madera players were Richard Meffley, Larry Slates, and John Simpson. Gary Nelson still leads for 2015, followed by Richard Meffley, Carol Kaufman, Larry Slates, and Gay Slates.
Ray April again was the top player at the Fresno Bridge Center in September, followed by Mark Stern, Della Schnell, John Schnell, Steve Sharp, and Skip Miller. Ray has a big lead for 2015, followed by Mark Stern and Steve Sharp. Marge Field was the top 99er for September, with Steve Johnson, Bill Ward, Julie Wilson, Judy Pardun, and Sandra Beebe close behind. Marge leads for 2015 for 2015, followed by Don and Doris Fields, Steve Johnson, and Sue Comporato.
With all the club appreciation games held in October, there will be a lot of club championships, Unit championships, STAC games, and membership games left for November and December. Come play in some of these championship games.
We’ll have our election for the Unit board of directors at the Christmas party on Sunday, December 13. If you would like to nominate yourself or another member, just place the name in the nominating box at the bridge center or let one of the board members know.
Claire Molnar- Ken Doig (2)
Burke Zane - Joe Fox (3)
Karen Henning - Judy Bingham
Burke Zane - T. Srinivasan
Annette Calhoun - Tom Upton
Burke Zane - Clem Bingham
Nancy Kyle - Judy Van Winkle
Claire Molnar - Karen McCartin
Bette & Paul Mertens
Karen McCartin- Paul Mertens
Joe Fox- Corey Cole ( 2x )
George Efthemon - Linda Coppersmith
Larry & Gay Slates
Gary Nelson – Virginia Hailey
John Oakshott - Peggy Oakshott
Victor Greener - Skip Miller
Steve Sharp - Margaret Mahaffey
Laura Da Costa - Steve Sharp
Irene Whelchel - Al Crane
Gerry Jones - Julie Wilson
Della Schnell - John Schnell
John Simpson – Richard Meffley
Larry & Gay Slates[B]
Judy Zimmerer - Rhonda Hampton[B]
Ruth Christensen - Al Crane[B]
Ray April - David Ash[C]
Sydney Bluestone - Kent Billeter[C]
Kent Billeter - Sydney Bluestone[C]
John Oakshott - Peggy Oakshott[C]
Deb Petersen - Barbara Wiedel
Judy Zimmerer - Annie Chiljian
Nancy Swanson - Cathie Wilkins[B]
Steve Johnson - Bill Ward[C]
Marge Field - Nancy Jones
Don Austin - Marion Austin
Ruby Buttereck - Jane A. McCoy
Fred Schellack - Joyce Furnas[B]
Walt Kelso - Brenda Ward
Joyce Furnas - Fred Schellack
Susan Shaver - Carol Fiorentino