We are happy to announce a new Junior Master in District 14's ranks! When our director, Sharon Anderson, congratulated David Nelmark of the Des Moines area, here is what he shared with her.
In the Fall of 2013, my 37-year-old knees could no longer take playing a sport called broomball, so I was looking for a new hobby. Though I had played cards my whole life, I’d never played bridge.
Thus, I signed up for a Beginner’s Bridge class through Des Moines Public Schools Community Education. It was taught by Kevin Jones, who was a great instructor. I loved it and took an "Improvers" course with him that spring.
By the fall of 2014, I wanted to start playing at the Des Moines Bridge House (Unit 216). I just needed to find a partner.
After asking around, I discovered that a friend of mine had played a lot of party bridge, but never tried duplicate. We started attending the Monday night beginner’s game, and play 3 or 4 weeks a month. We’ve also played in two local tournaments.
The other players are very nice and are glad to see some younger folks enjoying the game. I am especially grateful for Craig and Maggie Nelsen and Nancy and Dee Wilson who run the Monday night games and answer the many questions that my partner and I have after each session.
What do ACBL members love to do? Track their masterpoints!
District 14 director Sharon Anderson has two masterpoint reports for us. The first lists the top masterpoint holders in our district; the second is top masterpoint earners through the beginning of May.
Our district's top masterpoint holder is Jade Barrett, with an impressive holding of 27,516! In second place, our only other member with over 20,000 points, is Jim Nash, with 21,295.
To rank in the top ten, 11,420 masterpoints were needed. To be in the top 100, 4,192 masterpoints.
For the 2015 race for masterpoints, again we find Jade Barrett at the top of the heap. Through the end of April, Jade has earned 388 points. Terry Beckman, in second place, is also over 300 points so far, having earned 307.
Top ten earners have at least 147; the top 100 earners have at least 62. Both lists can be found below.
Kudos to our competitors with impressive masterpoint holdings! And good luck - plus much fun - earning more in 2015!
Dave McGee of Mason City, Iowa, died Tuesday, May 5th at age 75.
Dave had a long and illustrious bridge career, in Iowa, District 14 and nationally.
His bridge career began in Iowa, with Dave becoming a Life Master in 1966, one of the youngest players from Iowa ever to achieve this rank. Dave traveled throughout the U.S., Mexico and Bermuda, competing successfully in a variety of venues.
Dave was also involved in ACBL administration. He hosted tournaments in his lifelong home town of Mason City, became District 14's Director on the ACBL Board - and ultimately was president of the League in 1991.
For many years, Dave worked in his family's business: Heimindinger Transfer & Storage. He also was an avid antique collector, busy purchasing and selling.
Those surviving David are his nephew Mike McGee, Mike’s daughter Allison McGee and her children Gia and Lexxi; his niece Petra McGee Williams, her husband Dan, and their children Troy, Trent, and Maren; his sister-in-law Barb McGee; and his cousin Pat and her husband Jim Steed.
Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Fullerton Funeral Homes, 123 Second St. S.E., Mason City.
A gathering of friends and family will be from 10-11 a.m. Officiating will be the Chaplain Judy Veselis of the Mercy Hospital Chaplain team.
District 14 Director Sharon Anderson congratulated our newest Life Master, Zizhuo Wang. This talented young player (check out his bridge resume!) is a transplant to the Twin Cities; his response to Sharon is below.
Thanks, Sharon. I really enjoyed playing in this district and meeting new friends here. I hope to see you soon in the coming national games.
Two weeks from today, on May 18th, the first of four fine District 14 regionals will begin. #1 on the line-up is the Gopher Regional, a hop, step and a jump from the Twin Cities' Mall of America.
We have a great schedule and a fun tournament available for all, irrespective of level. So - if you have not already secured partners and teammates for the Gopher, make your plans and head to the Gopher for an excellent week of bridge!
The end of June will find District 14 players and other bridge aficionados heading to Des Moines. The Greater Des Moines Regional is scheduled for over the holiday week and weekend.
A few weeks later, District 14's Big Kahuna, the Nebraska Regional, rounds out July. Enjoy a big field, loads of hospitality and a fine schedule in Council Bluffs.
Our district's regional selections has a grand finale in Fargo. Head northwest in October to view beautiful colors, a fun tournament and North Dakota hospitality.
We look forward to seeing you mid May in Minnesota to start off our wonderful 2015 Regional season!
Sharon Anderson, our District 14 Director, sent congratulations to Paul Nesvig of the Twin Cities. Paul has entered the ranks of Life Master!
Here is Paul's response to Sharon about his bridge history and current competition. Well done, Paul!
I learned to play bridge in Law School in 1966 and for two years I traveled to local tournaments with a few fellow- students.
I let my ACBL membership lapse around 1970 and retired from bridge to practice law and raise a family. I subscribed to the Bridge World magazine and read it cover-to-cover for the next 40 years, but did not play duplicate bridge during that time.
In 2012, I joined the ACBL again and began playing regularly at the Twin City Bridge Studio.