|Local players participate in bridge tourney|
|Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Saturday, 30 June 2012 08:02|
Participants in area bridge clubs, including the ones in Bowling Green, Perrysburg and Fostoria, took the week off from club games June 4-10, to participate in the Northwest Ohio Bridge Association's biannual tournament in Toledo.
It is considered by the American Contract Bridge League as a regional tournament. However, as the only one in the nation that week, it drew hundreds of players from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Florida and New York. Nearly three dozen separate events were contested at up to three sessions each day.
The ACBL awards no cash prizes. Players compete for masterpoints and prestige. During the week, 477 different players earned points.
Three events were won outright by players in local clubs, with many others earning top awards.
The overall wins were achieved by Deb Kirby and Dave Albrecht in the Tuesday A/B Pairs event. Bob Moyers and Charlie Applebaum were second in the contest and first in the B stratum.
Shad Khan and Mary Anne O'Connor won the similar event on Wednesday. Woodie Goddard and Willis Jones were the overall winners in Thursday's Gold Rush Pairs event, which was limited to players with 750 masterpoints or less.
All of those events were two-session events, where players would compete by playing more than 50 hands of bridge.
Side game (one-session) winners included Kathreen Simon and Arlene Rose in the Tuesday afternoon game; Margie Trowbridge and Marion Austin, Wednesday afternoon; Mary Ann Cooper and Sue Kolinski on Thursday afternoon; and Tony Westmeyer and Arun Desouza, Saturday afternoon.
Other top achievements included Cooper and Kolinski, second in the Monday Charity Pairs; Marge Pioch and Jill Gilbert, first in the B stratum of that event; Ron Woofter and Lorene Hall, fifth in B; and Dennis Wott and Dan Lease, second in C. In the Tuesday A/B event, Vijaya Shrestha and Khan were fourth in B.
Wendy and Joel Speiser were fifth in C of Tuesday's Gold Rush Pairs. In the Tuesday Handicap Swiss team, Woofter teamed with Don Scheibley, Fred Shuman and Dick Haley to finish fourth, third in B. Three local pairs each teamed with out-of-state teammates to place well in Wednesday Compact Knockout Teams. Kirby and Albrecht took second place; Don McCullough and Walter Sobol finished third, while Woofter and Bob Current were fourth.
In a four-session knockout event held over two days, Cooper and Kolinski teamed with Loren Hodson and Mona Kaelber to tie for third. In the second bracket of the event Jim Lefevre and Lanny Laritz joined with out-of-staters to tie for third.
During the week, other top placements included with event, place and strat:
Westmeyer and Dennie Rohrs, Thursday's A/B pairs, first B, Friday A/B pairs, second B; Woofter and Moyers, Friday A/B Pairs, first B; Albrecht and Shuman, third B; Dick Long and Jill Koehler, Thursday's Gold Rush Pairs, third B and C champions; Sobol and McCullough, Thursday afternoon side game, second A; Albrecht with out-of-state player, Thursday evening side game, first B.
Daniel Ragland and Sandy Bellner, Friday's Gold Rush, third in C; Austin, Trowbridge, Kaelber and Hodson, Saturday Open Swiss, tied for fifth; Shuman, Haley, Woofter and Scheibly were fourth in B strat of that event, with Pat Docis, Emily Thayer, Carol Macksey and Mary Ann Laritz, fifth.
Gene Benedict was part of the team which finished fifth in the concluding Sunday Swiss team event. O'Connor was part of the second-place team in B. Scheibly and Woofter teamed with Carl Navarro and Bill Ryan for fifth in B.
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