May 2012 Newsletter



May 2012                                           Editor – Liz Saxon


Our April NLM/Srs Sectional is over and it was a smashing success, an increase in tables of almost 20% over the inaugural sectional in 2011.  Three hundred forty-seven players earned 654.81 silver points.  Among the top ten point winners were Jim Saxon (3rd) with 16.59 points; Mike Oesterle (7th) with 10.81 points; Jack Arena (8th) with 10.43 points; Liz Saxon (9th) with 9.37 points; and Tom Urso (10th) winning 8.53 points. A Bridge Deck team won the Non Life Master Swiss:  Carolyn Atkins, Lynn Crain, Lou Scheffer and Art Munroe for a total of 3.63 silver points.  Marlene Mackinnon and Louise Barton won the Thursday morning NLM pairs for 3.33 silver points;  Keith Kersch (who became a life master at our tournament and will be directing some at Bridge Deck)  and Jim Saxon won Friday AM senior pairs for 8 silver points; and Tom Urso and Helena Yurconic won Friday afternoon senior pairs for 5.87 points.  And many other people won points.  Check out the ACBL, Unit 128 or District 9 websites to get complete lists, also our own Bridge Deck website.

Many kudos to tournament co-chairs Wayne Goodrich and Syd Blum for their hard work; Syd was also in charge of hospitality.  The club especially thanks Bob Parlin who handled all the prizes and caddied Thursday and Friday rather than playing.  Also to Glenda Armstrong and Betty Barter (with her new knee) for handling partnership and caddying the wildly successful Swiss team Wednesday afternoon; thanks also to all of the volunteers who brought food and snacks, helped out in the kitchen and cleaned up.  And always to Ellie Goodrich – she and Wayne made up all the boards on the dealing machine – and Ken and Janet Dixon for their inspirational leadership across the board.  Ken and Janet head north on Saturday  (like many of our members are doing)  for the summer season. We will miss them more than we can say.  And finally, special thanks to all of our members who supported the club and played in the tournament.  Rick Larkin and Nan Burford were excellent directors and worked very hard to keep the games running smoothly.  There were four sections for each of the pair events and 60+ teams Wednesday afternoon.  Our Board of Governors has lots of ideas for improvements at next year’s sectional, so now is the time to get your suggestions in if you have any.

There is another silverpoint sectional at Naples Bridge Center, May 3rd through 6th.   That tournament has more sessions (and opportunities) with bracketed knockout teams and a pair game Thursday night, Open Pairs and knockouts on Friday, May 4th , Open Pairs and Newcomer pairs on Saturday, May 5th; and a play thru Swiss Team on Sunday May 6th.  Our bridge club will be open Thursday afternoon and CLOSED Friday for the Naples sectional.  We encourage all of our members to play at NBC and win lots of silver!  (PS – times for the Naples tournament events are 9:30 am and 2 pm.)

Finally, even though it’s just a tad early, remember that Bridge Deck Club has another silver point sectional June 7-9, Thursday (Open Pairs), Friday (Open Pairs) and Saturday (10 am play thru Swiss).

Sad News – In the wake of the tournament we are saddened by the deaths of two of our club members – Bill Allison and Catherine (Kit) Mills. A private memorial service is planned at Arlington National Cemetery for Kit, who will be interred beside her first husband, Bion Shutts.  No information was available about services for Bill Allison.

PARTNERSHIPS – In Janet’s absence over the summer months, please call Liz Saxon at 239-394-8347 if you need a partner for a particular day.  By the same token, if you are available to play and willing to come at the last minute, please tell Liz or Ellie.

EDUCATION – All good things such as bridge lessons come to an end at the close of April and will resume again in the fall. We want to thank Marcia Reff, Joanna Sarkisian and Joy Schick for their participation and efforts in the educational program, and also, those individuals such as Bob Parlin and Tom Urso who did impromptu chalk talks before some of the sessions.


Naples Bridge Center Sectional – May 3rd thru 5th

PALM BEACH GARDENS REGIONAL – May 28th thru June 3rd

Bridge Deck Club of Naples Sectional – June 8th – 10th

Unit 128 STaC – June 18th – 24th