District 14 Director Sharon Anderson received a most thoughtful reply from our newest Diamond Life Master, Kerry Holloway of Bloomington, MN upon reaching this lofty goal.
As someone who has had the good fortune to not only have been a partner of Kerry's for decades but also a close friend, your blogmaster must first share some additional thoughts to those below. Kerry himself became a national champ in 2011, when he and teammates Kurt Schaeffer, Bjorgvin Kristinsson and Keith Connolly captured the GNT Flight A title.
And though Kerry alludes to his skill as a superb partner, this strength should be especially highlighted. Though technical abilities, such as bidding judgement, defense and declarer play are all critical, Kerry is correct that being a good partner is a most important - and rare - quality to have. Kerry has it in spades! Those of us who have had the good fortune to sit across the table from him can attest to how this important but difficult to maintain skill can aid any partnership in succeeding at our tough game.
Add in a wide variety of volunteer activities through the years....Kerry's contributions to the bridge world are tough to beat!
Congrats, Kerry - and thanks for being such an positive influence in District 14 bridge!