Many of us in Minnesota remember when Joe Grue was learning to play bridge. Sue and Tom Grue (aka Mom and Dad), Jerry Lee, Kerry Holloway, Larry Oakey and a number of other friends taught him the ropes.
Today? It's Everyone Else in the World who is on the ropes!
Joe, along with teammates Justin Lall, Joel Wooldridge, John Hurd, Dan Zagorin and captain Kevin Bathurst just won the finals of the Open Team Trials to become U.S. #2 at the next Bermuda Bowl. Blowing through a most difficult field, Joe & Company KO'd the mighty Nickell team, then the Wolfson squad, which included our own Steve Garner and Howie Weinstein. Yesterday and today, they drilled the Diamond team. Though Diamond staged a strong comeback the final set, Joe's team fortunately had built a mountain that was just too high to climb.
Joe - you've come a long way, baby! Here's to a brilliant competition in Amsterdam - and one more huge title in your young career!