District 14 Director Sharon Anderson reports on another accomplishment. Congratulations to Melody Nord, for achieving the rank of Sectional Master.
Melody reflects on her new status below!
I am excited and surprised to have earned Sectional Master status. It has really helped me to have complementary bridge lessons one hour before game day every Thursday in Grafton, North Dakota. Our director, Michael Leighton, has encouraged everybody in our club to continue increasing their knowledge of bridge by offering free lessons!
I love duplicate bridge because it's a game that has challenged me to continue to grow and learn. My only suggestion is to offer more local tournaments!
Congratulations to Olivia Harrison, of Lincoln, Nebraska! Olivia just achieved Life Master Status. Our District 14 Director, Sharon Anderson, contacted Olivia on her achievement. Olivia's thoughts on becoming a new LM are below.
Thank you for the letter.
I have enjoyed the voyage to this status. I played in the early 1970's thru 1983 and then had to stop playing due to a very demanding job. I rejoined the ACBL in 2012. They they re-instated the points I had earned (270, included approx. 6 gold). HOwever, since I rejoined after January 2010 my new goal was to work towards a total of 500 points, including 50 gold instead of the previous requirement of 300 points including 25 gold.
Since 2012 I have enjoyed traveling to tournaments, picking up points, a few each time. It is always more important to me to have a "respectable game" and spend time forming good partnerships.
My family has been very supportive and of course that is very helpful.
I was invited to play team with some great people from our bridge club. We traveled from Lincoln, NE to Lake Geneva, WI. I needed 1.67 gold -- as soon as we got it they were "high fiving" saying, "We wouldn't be able to go home if we hadn't won the gold"!!!
The Siouxland Regional provided competitors with just about everything they could want: a good playing venue, treats every evening, prizes, ample and excellent nearby restaurants - and - 3 sessions of competition almost every day!
Four players tied for most masterpoints earned. By Sunday evening, teammates Jim Nash, Pierre Flatowicz, Paul Meerschaert and Peg Kaplan had totaled up 82.61. (Carole Miner and John Koch ably joined them for two events.) Next on the list were tournament chair Jade Barrett with 70.50 and his teammate, Ellis Feigenbaum, half a point behind Jade. The total masterpoint winner list is here; overalls for events is here.
In addition to thanking Jade, we extend thanks to our DIC, Peter Wilke and his staff, partnership co-chairmen Dolores Bogenrief and Nancy Wittwer, our caddies and all the other volunteers and contributors who help to make the tournament excellent.
With the Siouxland tournament, our regional schedule for 2016 has completed. We'll be posting the line-up for 2017 soon!