Some people in our bridge community are excellent players. Some are devoted volunteers. Others are great friends to many.
Patti Stuhlman is all of the above!
Our District 14 Director, Sharon Anderson, sent congratulations to Patti upon reaching Gold Life Master status. A fine achievement, and one to add to Patti's long history of accomplishment at the table and in virtually every aspect of bridge in Minnesota. Patti has long been following in the path of her mom, Nelsine, who masterfully managed our Gopher Regionals and other tournaments for decades. Yet Patti also excels at the table. In 2004, Patti's team placed 2nd in ACBL's Grand National Teams Flight B!
We are so fortunate to have Patti in our bridge world. Congrats, Patti - and - thank you for sharing your bridge history with us - along with all the rest of your talents!
Thanks Sharon for the note of congratulations for becoming a Gold Life Master.
I have so many people to thank for my bridge achievements. First, my mom – she got me the job of caddying at tournaments when I was 13. I worked for Reine Sewald, Dorothy Buchanan and my mom at Regionals and Sectionals and knew wonderful Directors: Dale Egholm, Paul Stahley, Phil Woods, Chris Patrias, Mike Flader and Peter Wilke to name but a few.
I really didn’t start playing until I was in college. I saw too many bridge “bums” who didn’t finish college because they were in Coffman Union playing bridge. I read: Five Weeks to Winning Bridge by Alfred Sheinwold and Play of the Hand by Louis Watson. Joyce Dodson (Miller Anderson) took me under her wing and encouraged me. Howard Weinstein gave me many of his books when he moved to Chicago.
I played with Kerry Holloway, Joyce, Cindy Balderson, Dave Skillingstad, Tom Holzer, Jonathan Cohen, Mark Krusemeyer, and lately, Scott Hiller, Sharon Anderson, Sharon Christenson, Glenna Shannahan and now my mom, Nelsine Christensen. I have so many great memories of bridge tournaments and going to Nationals with Mark, Jonathan and Charlie Nauen.
It’s a great game and I have wonderful lifelong friendships as a result of playing bridge.