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Santa Cruz Bridge Center
2450 17th Avenue, Suite 200
Santa Cruz,CA 95062
831-465-1102
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Charity Game for Harvey Relief

Unit 550 is holding a Hurricane Harvey Charity Game at the Santa Cruz Bridge Center on Saturday, September 30 with a 10A start time.

A tax-deductible donation of $20 is suggested but donations of any amount will be gratefully received. You do not have to be present to make a donation; mail or bring in your check/cash to the SCBC. The Unit will match all donations, up to $1000, and the ACBL will match the total raised; every $1 donated generates $4. 100% of the proceeds go to the Harvey Relief Fund.

This charity event is a Unit game with extra masterpoints. There will be two sections: Open and 299er. You must sign-up as space is limited. Email info@santacruzbridge.org to register or for additional information on donations.

The Unit is providing "heavy" snacks and a salad at the break; if you require a more substantial meal, please bring your own.

Let's pull together to help the folks in the Gulf Coast!

Newcomer Game Thursday Evening

A "new" Newcomer Game! Nancy Wainer will be directing a brand new game, limited to players with 0-10 master points, on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month.

A mini-lesson will be offered at 6:10P with a 12 board "relaxed and friendly" duplicate game to follow at 6:30P, finishing by 8:30P. Partners not required - you can be matched up when you arrive.

Only $6 for the lesson, game, hand records and Nancy's famous cookies! Contact her if you have any questions or just show up on September 28 for the next session. Check the website calendar for all future games.

Thursday Afternoon Game

The Thursday Afternoon game is restarting October 12. Limited to players having less than 750 MPs, it begins at 10AM with a 45-minute lesson taught by Ken Llacera. The game consist of 24 boards or less. The lesson and game is $10. You are welcome to just come for the game for $8. If you can only make the lesson, it is $5. There will be a short lunch break but you must bring your own lunch. The session will wrap up at approximately 2:15P.

Bridge Camp continues the 1st Thursday of the month.

Please contact Ken with any question about the game or to request a partner: (831) 426-4949; via email to Thursday Game.

Jonni Faircrest Directs Thursday Evening

Jonni is the Unit 550's newest director. He purchased the Thursday Evening game from Mark and directs every Thursday evening at 6:30P.

Please come out to support this game, which is the only Open game offered in the evening.

Beginning Bridge Class

Robin Evenden will be teaching Beginning Bridge starting in mid-September on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm. If you have friends who want to learn the world's greatest game, please have them contact Robin at robinde@juno.com, call her at (831) 462-5367 or see Robin at the SCBC.

Surf's Up Sectional

The 2017 Surf's Up Sectional is coming up in October. Mark your calendars with the dates --- October 21 and 22. Silver Points awarded for all events, which makes it a terrific opportunity to win these elusive points. The sectional returns to a terrific site, The Kirby School, in Harvey West Park near the Santa Cruz Costco. The sectional flyer may be accessed on our website by clicking here.

Between sessions on Saturday, Jim Slinger, Diamond Life Master, will provide a free lecture. If you need a partner, contact Lani Ray (831) 425-3544. Sandwiches will be available for purchase both days.

This sectional is dedicated to our friend Bill McIntosh, a long-time Club Owner in the Santa Cruz Bridge Center. If you would like to make a donation in Bill's name, please contact any Board member. Donations are tax-deductible; please make checks out to the Santa Cruz Bridge Education Foundation (SCBEF).

Bergen's Rules For Being A Good Partner

15. Think before verbally analyzing a hand. Don't embarrass yourself with an inaccurate comment. (Even better -- wait until the session is over and review the hand record prior to any comments.)

Making Our Game Better

Here's a couple of tips to make our game better and more pleasant for everyone:

  • Check your cell phone before the game starts and turn it off or on silence
  • Make your lead before recording the contract
  • Delay any discussion of the previous hand until you have a break or after the game
Masterpoint Winners
Click Fri AM (09/22) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Annemarie Moller - John Hullman 63.89 1st A 0.90
Ann Ottenberg - Mick Friedberg 61.11 1st A 0.90
Jonni Faircrest - Neil Joseph Smyth 60.42 2nd A 0.63
Paul Darin - Peter Gelfand 57.64 2nd A 0.63
Phillip Rodriguez - Robin Evenden 55.56 3rd A 0.45
Lani Ray - Mary Peterson 54.63 3rd A 0.45
Alicia Keen - Robert Johnson 53.94 2nd B 0.34
Janet Tainty - Linda Hanson 53.70 1st B 0.40
Judith Ford - Victoria Bell 48.15 2nd B 0.28
Masterpoint Winners
Click Thu Eve (09/21) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Josh Karter - Rick Zinman 61.85 1st A 1.20
Kenneth Llacera - Xavier Prochaska 55.93 2nd A 0.84
Irma Andrews - Peter Andrews 54.81 3/4th A 0.51
Henrietta Cooper - Mark Hasey 54.81 3/4th A 0.51
James Slinger - Susan Slinger 54.44 5th A 0.24
Cheryl Keay - Joanne Nelson 50.37 2nd C 0.34
Masterpoint Winners
Click Wed Eve (09/20) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
John Wesolowski - Michael Burk 80.83 1st A 0.30
Cynthia Copple - Leslie Davidson 62.50 1st A 0.30
A Jeanne Allen - Judy Osborn 56.67 2nd A 0.21
Sydney Reuben - Thomas Burke 50.83 2nd A 0.21
Angie Millslagle - Melinda Kovats 50.00 2nd B 0.14
Lesley Waltner - Steven Nelson 39.17 1st B 0.10
Masterpoint Winners
Click Wed Aft (09/20) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Donald Seldeen - Robin Evenden 62.18 1st A 1.50
Kenneth Llacera - Phillip Rodriguez 58.33 2/3rd A 0.90
Henrietta Cooper - Liesel Sabloff 58.33 2/3rd A 0.90
Janet Tainty - Pamela Benz 56.09 4th A 0.53
Ken Gamble - Mick Friedberg 55.13 5th A 0.30
Barbara Wheeler - Joanne Bruno 52.98 1st C 0.40
John Benich - Mary Peterson 51.60 2nd C 0.28
Masterpoint Winners
Click Tue Eve (09/19) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Josh Karter - Rick Zinman 59.25 1st A 0.96
Harold Rodgers - Howard Feldstein 57.58 2nd A 0.67
Harold Wasserstrom - Steven Smith 56.17 1st B 0.64
Barbara Black - Vicki Kuhlmann 54.58 4th A 0.34
Alan Chase - Robin McDuff 53.92 2nd B 0.45
Alicia Keen - Suzanne Haley 46.25 3rd B 0.32
Masterpoint Winners
Click Tue AM (09/19) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Lani Ray - Virginia Calhoun 61.81 1st A 0.90
Joanne Wicker - Kenneth Johnson 60.19 2nd A 0.63
Heather MacGregor - James Slinger 57.64 3rd A 0.45
Carol Maggipinto - Neil Joseph Smyth 57.41 1st A 0.90
Janet Tainty - Linda Hanson 54.63 2nd A 0.63
Kenneth Martin - Richard Wasserstrom 53.47 3rd A 0.45
Ann Ottenberg - April Johnston 52.78 4th A 0.32
Diana Schilling - Gary Oing 50.46 2nd B 0.34
Irma Andrews - John Hullman 49.31 2nd B 0.28
George Beard - Joanne Bruno 45.37 1st C 0.24
Masterpoint Winners
Click Mon Eve (09/18) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
John Wesolowski - Melinda Kovats 68.25 1st A 0.42
Betty Wilkinson - Diane Gunter 59.13 2nd A 0.29
Judith Ford - Victoria Bell 58.73 1st A 0.42
Eric Stolzberg - Mark Riley 57.14 3rd A 0.21
Judy Osborn - Robert Johnson 56.75 1st B 0.36
Peggy Mount - Renee Flint 50.40 2nd B 0.25
Masterpoint Winners
Click Mon Aft (09/18) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Ginger Stone - Marilyn Diola 62.08 1st A 1.30
Carol Maggipinto - Ken Gamble 60.83 2nd A 0.91
Diana Schilling - Joanne Bruno 57.92 3rd A 0.65
Carol Avenmarg - Dorothy Malutta 54.17 4th A 0.46
Gary Oing - John Benich 53.33 5th A 0.26
Masterpoint Winners
Click Sun Aft (09/17) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Joanne Turnquist - Karen Schamberg 62.63 1st OA 2.33
Bette Harken - David Harken 61.46 2nd OA 1.75
Cheryl Devlin - Mark Hasey 57.69 3rd OA 1.31
Harold Wasserstrom - Pamela Benz 53.38 4th OA 0.98
Betty Wilkinson - Diane Gunter 51.88 3rd OB 0.68
Joanne Nelson - Ruth Grant 49.63 4th OB 0.51
Diane Wagener - Shirley Smith 49.61 2nd SC 0.22
Masterpoint Winners
Click Fri AM (09/15) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
James Slinger - Phillip Rodriguez 75.93 1st A 1.10
Mark Wainer - Nancy Wainer 58.33 2nd A 0.77
Diana Schilling - John Hadley 57.87 1st A 1.10
Carol Maggipinto - Richard Wasserstrom 56.94 2nd A 0.77
Jonni Faircrest - Ken Gamble 55.79 3rd A 0.55
Liesel Sabloff - Marilyn Diola 51.62 4th A 0.39
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Susan Slinger - Virginia Calhoun 51.39 3rd A 0.55
Fred Velez - Mary Peterson 50.93 2nd B 0.45
Barbara Oldden - Bob Nicolaisen 50.69 3rd B 0.32
Kristin Smith - Steven Smith 50.23 1st C 0.32
Dorothy Malutta - Vicki Kuhlmann 45.14 2nd C 0.22
Masterpoint Winners
Click Thu Eve (09/14) for complete results.
Partnership (Open) Pct Rank MP
Ginger Stone - Jan Winham 64.44 1st A 1.50
Henrietta Cooper - Mark Hasey 59.26 2nd A 1.13
Irma Andrews - Peter Andrews 54.81 3rd A 0.84
Kenneth Llacera - Xavier Prochaska 53.70 4th A 0.67
Josh Karter - Rick Zinman 53.33 2nd C 0.90
Alan Chase - Robin McDuff 50.37 3rd C 0.68
Partnership (Newcomer) Pct Rank MP
Barbara Eddy - Claire Witherspoon 65.00 1st A 0.35
Donna Lohrmann - Steve Ralston 64.73 1st A 0.35
Pat Emmons - Tom Motter 63.30 2nd A 0.25
Jane Barr - Peter Barr 62.33 2nd A 0.25
Jardine Antoinette - Lori Biagi 58.92 3rd A 0.18
Johanna Weber - Nell Suborski 46.20 3rd A 0.18

Mission: We are the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) of Santa Cruz County, Unit 550. Our mission is to promote the game of bridge, support the six bridge clubs operating within Unit 550 at the SCBC, provide a pleasant environment, and operate effective facilities for playing duplicate bridge in Santa Cruz.

Schedules: The Club Schedule lists the regular club game schedule. The Unit Game Schedule is available from the left menu. Clicking on Calendar displays all the games this month with changes from the regular schedule. There are daily and evening games; some are open to players of all levels while others are reserved for newcomers, novice and/or intermediate players. Contact any of the Bridge Club Owners listed below or call the SCBC with questions or partner requests.

Game Results: Click on Results or on the (includes hand records) or (results only) in the Calendar. If the results don't appear, you probably have pop-up blocker turned on.

Bridge ClubO w n e r / D i r e c t o rP h o n e
Bid 'em UpNancy Wainer(831) 465-1234
MonarchMark Hasey(831) 427-2112
Bridge4FunJan Winham(831) 291-0479
Santa CruzUnit 550 Board of Directors(831) 465-1102
Bridge BecauseRobin Evenden(831) 462-5367
FinesseMary Pulliam(831) 295-2051

Classes: If you are interested in learning bridge or improving, a consolidated list of classes is viewed by clicking on "Learn Bridge" and selecting "Lessons". Classes details are found via the links.

Questions: You can find most information about Unit 550, the Board and members on this website. For example, a display of Unit 550 Life Masters is found under Accolades. You can print out pages which have a printer icon by clicking on the icon and using the browser's File ► Print menu.

If you have any questions about games or lessons please call us at (831) 465-1102 or send us an email at info@santacruzbridge.org.

Note: Please observe our non-smoking, fragrance-free environment.

We look forward to seeing you at the tables!

Your Unit 550 Board of Directors