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Santa Cruz Bridge Center
2450 17th Avenue, Suite 200
Santa Cruz,CA 95062
831-465-1102
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Volunteer Recognition Game

In appreciation of our members who have volunteered their time, energy and skills to make the Santa Cruz Bridge Center and the Unit 550 sectionals successful, the Unit 550 Board of Directors has invited these members to a special Unit game at 10A on February 3. This game will also be an International Fund game which rewards 2x the masterpoints and includes hand analysis.The Unit is providing lunch and covering all costs of the game.

The volunteer list is posted at the SCBC; we have tried to remember everyone who helped during the last half of 2017; if someone has been overlooked, please contact Bette Harken to be added. Anyone may play in this game by paying $10 for the game & lunch. Please sign up at the SCBC or send an email to info@santacruzbridge.org. You may also use this email to request a partner.

Beginner Bridge Class

Have friends asked about learning bridge? A new set of Beginning Bridge classes start Monday, January 22 from 6:30-8:30pm and continue on Monday evenings for 10 weeks. The January 22nd class is FREE! Continuing classes are $10 per session. This class is appropriate for brand new beginners or those who learned to play long ago and want to update their bidding skills. Class space is limited; reservation requested for first class. Contact Sydney Reuben at (831) 515-7449 or email her for additional information.

2017 Average Game % Leaders Posted

The final games of 2017 are in the books and the best average % for the entire year have been tabulated. Congratulations for achieving the highest average game % in 2017 to Jim Slinger (Open) and Sydney Reuben (299er). Jim's 60.26% is the first time someone has averaged over 60% for the year.

The listing of the top 20 players for 2017 in each division, Open and 299er, may be found on the Accolades page.

Making Our Game Better

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

  • Arrive at least 10 minutes before game time
  • 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 Thu AM (01/18) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
John Hullman - Salvatore Turano Jr 63.42 1st A 1.04
Alicia Keen - Robert Johnson 58.54 2nd A 0.73
Sydney Reuben - Thomas Burke 58.00 3rd A 0.52
Farol Henderson - Marti Jones 56.09 4th A 0.36
Laura McCabe - Michael Burk 51.91 3rd B 0.32
A Jeanne Allen - Betty Wilkinson 50.63 4/5th B 0.18
Gina Brown - Margaret Suddards 50.63 4/5th B 0.18
Masterpoint Winners
Click Wed Eve (01/17) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Mary Dean - Peggy Williams 56.30 1st A 0.60
Carol Cowen - Gina Brown 55.91 2nd A 0.42
John Wesolowski - Michael Burk 55.31 3rd A 0.30
Holt Ruffin - Nancy Ficarrotta 53.56 3rd B 0.23
Jule Hilton - Leslie Davidson 52.78 4th B 0.16
Masterpoint Winners
Click Wed Aft (01/17) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Bruce Dau - Kenneth Martin 62.85 1st A 0.70
Claire Swetland - D Webb 55.90 2nd A 0.49
Donald Seldeen - Robin Evenden 55.80 1st A 0.70
Gary Oing - John Benich 54.02 2nd A 0.49
Janet Tainty - Pamela Benz 52.92 3rd A 0.35
Kenneth Llacera - Sydney Reuben 51.93 3rd A 0.35
Masterpoint Winners
Click Tue Eve (01/16) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Harold Wasserstrom - Steven Smith 61.00 1st A 0.96
John Wesolowski - Robin Lasser 54.25 2nd A 0.67
Harold Rodgers - Howard Feldstein 54.17 3rd A 0.48
Lloyd Shipman Jr - Michael Modest 53.75 3rd B 0.36
Ginger Stone - Rachael Spencer 53.08 5th A 0.19
Dennis Claussen - Michael Burtch 52.08 4th B 0.25
Masterpoint Winners
Click Tue AM (01/16) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Heather MacGregor - James Slinger 61.81 1st A 0.90
Kenneth Llacera - Mick Friedberg 60.42 1st A 0.90
Richard Wasserstrom - Silas Wasserstrom 57.87 2nd A 0.63
Irma Andrews - John Hullman 55.09 2nd A 0.63
Malcolm Sprott - Richard Hill 52.31 3rd A 0.45
Bonnie Simon - Joanne Brown 51.85 4th A 0.32
Joanne Wicker - Ken Gamble 51.62 3rd A 0.45
George Beard - Joanne Bruno 51.16 4th A 0.32
Fred Velez - John Benich 49.77 1st C 0.24
Masterpoint Winners
Click Mon Eve (01/15) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Judith Ford - Victoria Bell 60.00 1st A 0.36
Leslie Davidson - Margaret Suddards 56.88 1st A 0.36
Peter Vokos - Terry Vokos 56.25 2nd A 0.25
Judy Osborn - Robert Johnson 56.25 2nd A 0.25
Andrew Calciano - Marilyn Calciano 50.00 1st B 0.18
Masterpoint Winners
Click Mon Aft (01/15) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Joanne Wicker - Kenneth Johnson 64.58 1st A 0.90
Phillip Rodriguez - Robin Evenden 62.70 1st A 0.90
Harold Wasserstrom - Steven Smith 60.12 2nd A 0.63
Lani Ray - Steve Hubbell 52.12 2nd A 0.63
David Jackson - Vincent McLoughlin 52.08 3rd A 0.45
Ginger Stone - Marilyn Diola 51.06 3rd A 0.45
Richard Wasserstrom - Silas Wasserstrom 50.79 4th A 0.32
Diana Schilling - Joanne Bruno 50.30 4th A 0.32
Bruce Berwald - Richard Bartholomew 47.32 2nd C 0.22
Masterpoint Winners
Click Sun Aft (01/14) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Alan Chase - Steven Smith 62.21 1st A 0.64
Daniel Marchegiani - Gloria Reiss 55.49 2nd A 0.45
Betty Wilkinson - Diane Gunter 52.10 3rd A 0.32
Masterpoint Winners
Click Sat Aft (01/13) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
James Slinger - Susan Slinger 59.58 1st OA 2.48
Joanne Bruno - Phyllis Cramblet 55.42 2/3rd OA 1.63
Carol Maggipinto - Ken Gamble 55.42 2/3rd OA 1.63
Lani Ray - Steve Hubbell 53.75 4th OA 1.05
Kenneth Llacera - Mick Friedberg 52.92 5th OA 0.78
Diana Schilling - Susan Benich 50.83 2nd OB 1.00
Gary Oing - John Benich 50.42 3rd OB 0.75
Masterpoint Winners
Click Fri AM (01/12) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Kenneth Llacera - Phillip Rodriguez 68.06 1st A 0.90
George Beard - Salvatore Turano Jr 60.65 1st A 0.90
Mark Wainer - Nancy Wainer 57.87 2nd A 0.63
Ann Ottenberg - James Slinger 56.71 2nd A 0.63
Carol Maggipinto - Richard Wasserstrom 56.48 3rd A 0.45
Dorothy Malutta - Vicki Kuhlmann 55.32 1st B 0.48
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Cole Powell - Peter Gelfand 50.46 3rd A 0.45
John Benich - Susan Benich 49.77 2nd B 0.34
Jeff Belden - Virginia Calhoun 49.31 4th A 0.32
Betty Hamlin - Richard Hamlin 48.61 2nd C 0.22
Alicia Keen - Robert Johnson 42.82 2nd C 0.22
Masterpoint Winners
Click Thu Eve (01/11) for complete results.
Partnership (Open) Pct Rank MP
Cole Powell -Peter Gelfand 66.20 1st A 1.50
Bette Harken -David Harken 50.93 1st C 1.20
Alicia Keen -Vicki Kuhlmann 56.48 1st B 1.20
Barbara Shepardson -Joanne Nelson 50.46 3rd B 0.68
Partnership (Newcomer) Pct Rank MP
Richard Pearce -Susan Pearce 68.97 1st A 0.25
Mary Martin -Therese Briend 65.14 1st A 0.25
Lori Biagi -Johanna Weber 53.25 2nd A 0.18
Cynthia Copple -Karen Coatney 60.64 2nd A 0.18
Thomas Duncanson -Liz Balew 44.44 2nd B 0.08

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
ScratchJonni Faircrest(831) 206-7948
Santa Cruz DuplicateKen Llacera(831) 426-4949

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