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Santa Cruz Bridge Center
2450 17th Avenue, Suite 200
Santa Cruz,CA 95062
831-465-1102
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Masterpoint Winners
Click Fri AM (02/22) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Ken Gamble - Ken Llacera 63.46 1st A 1.50
Carol Maggipinto - Richard Wasserstrom 58.65 2nd A 1.05
John Benich - Marti Jones 56.41 1st B 0.80
Ann Ottenberg - Mick Friedberg 56.41 3/4th A 0.64
Ginger Stone - Phyllis Cramblet 55.45 2nd B 0.56
Kathy O'Neil Traback - Sherry Larsen Beville 55.36 3rd B 0.40
Mark Wainer - Nancy Wainer 51.60 4th B 0.28
Masterpoint Winners
Click Thu Eve (02/21) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Irma Andrews - Peter Andrews 67.06 1st A 0.80
Josh Karter - Rick Zinman 59.13 2nd A 0.56
Barbara Shepardson - Joanne Nelson 49.80 3rd A 0.40
Carol Cowen - Gina Brown 49.01 3rd B 0.28
Masterpoint Winners
Click Thu AM (02/21) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Bonnie Simon - Joanne Bruno 57.74 1st A 0.64
Farol Henderson - John Wesolowski 57.14 1st B 0.56
Barbara Black - Robert Johnson 56.55 2nd B 0.39
Sydney Reuben - Thomas Burke 54.17 1st C 0.30
Edna Elkins - Francine Raphael 50.60 2nd C 0.21
Masterpoint Winners
Click Wed Eve (02/20) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Amos Hahn - Cynthia Copple 64.38 1st A 0.36
Kenneth Girouard - Lou Browning 61.74 1st A 0.36
Shellie Roy - Steven Nelson 58.94 2nd A 0.25
Mary Dean - Peggy Williams 58.00 2nd A 0.25
Jule Hilton - Leslie Davidson 56.54 2nd B 0.14
Masterpoint Winners
Click Wed Aft (02/20) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Richard Wasserstrom - Rick Zinman 67.31 1st A 1.50
Ken Gamble - Mick Friedberg 65.07 2nd A 1.05
Claire Swetland - D Webb 59.93 1st B 0.80
Kristin Smith - Phyllis Cramblet 57.37 2nd B 0.56
John Wesolowski - Steven Smith 55.13 3rd B 0.40
Elena Laborde Bishop - John Hadley 54.81 4th B 0.28
Masterpoint Winners
Click Tue Eve (02/19) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Josh Karter - Rick Zinman 60.42 1st A 0.64
Robert Johnson - Sydney Reuben 56.93 1st B 0.48
John Wesolowski - Thomas Burke 55.57 2nd B 0.34
Masterpoint Winners
Click Tue AM (02/19) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Carol Maggipinto - Neil Joseph Smyth 61.25 1st A 1.30
Joanne Wicker - Ken Gamble 59.58 2nd A 0.91
Lester Loops - Robert Johnson 58.33 3rd A 0.65
Ken Llacera - Mick Friedberg 57.08 4th A 0.46
Pamela Benz - Peter Andrews 52.50 2nd B 0.45
Irma Andrews - John Hullman 50.00 3rd B 0.32
Mary Pulliam - Salvatore Turano Jr 49.58 2nd C 0.28
Masterpoint Winners
Click Mon Eve (02/18) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Andrew Calciano - Marilyn Calciano 68.75 1st A 0.35
John Walker - Nancy Ficarrotta 55.63 1st A 0.35
John Wesolowski - Judy Osborn 54.38 2nd A 0.25
Carol Clouse - Carroll Mayer 53.75 2nd A 0.25
Masterpoint Winners
Click Mon Aft (02/18) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Richard Wasserstrom - Steve Hubbell 61.11 1st A 0.90
Donald Seldeen - Ken Llacera 60.19 1st A 0.90
Lester Loops - Robert Johnson 58.80 2nd A 0.63
Carol Maggipinto - Ken Gamble 57.18 2nd A 0.63
Ginger Stone - Marilyn Diola 57.18 3rd A 0.45
Bruce Dau - Jim Martin 54.86 3rd A 0.45
John Benich - Neil Joseph Smyth 52.55 4th A 0.32
Dorothy Malutta - Lani Ray 50.00 4th A 0.32
Bonnie Simon - Janet Loops 48.84 2nd B 0.28
Masterpoint Winners
Click Sun Aft (02/17) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Gloria Reiss - Ken Gamble 69.09 1st A 0.56
Kristin Smith - Steven Smith 62.67 1st A 0.56
Jan Winham - Joanne Nelson 56.25 1st B 0.48
Gina Brown - John Wesolowski 53.58 2nd B 0.34
Joanne Turnquist - Karen Schamberg 53.08 2nd A 0.39
John Oppenheimer - Mark Hasey 52.73 3rd A 0.28
Charlene Reimnitz - Joel Reimnitz 51.92 2nd C 0.22
Masterpoint Winners
Click Fri AM (02/15) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Carol Maggipinto - Richard Wasserstrom 61.34 1st A 0.90
Kenneth Johnson - Vincent McLoughlin 60.88 1st A 0.90
Neil Joseph Smyth - Richard Hill 53.70 2nd A 0.63
Bruce Dau - Kenneth Martin 53.47 2nd A 0.63
Janet Tainty - Susan Mazzei 52.31 1st B 0.56
Jonni Faircrest - Salvatore Turano Jr 51.39 3rd A 0.45
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Ken Llacera - Mick Friedberg 50.93 4th A 0.32
Joanne Bruno - Sydney Reuben 49.77 1st C 0.16
Diana Schilling - John Hadley 49.31 2nd B 0.39
Phyllis Cramblet - Sherry Gilbreath 48.84 3rd B 0.28
Kristin Smith - Steven Smith 47.45 2nd C 0.22
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Monday Evening Pro-Am Swiss

Jan Winham is running a Pro-Am Swiss on Monday evening, March 4, to help players get ready for the Rising Stars Sectional Sunday Swiss. The session starts with a potluck at 6PM, provided by the "Am" players.

All players under 500 points are "Am" for this game. You can form your own team or you can have Jan pair you with Pros. Please sign up on the sheet provided at the SCBC. If you have any questions, e-mail Jan at j.winham@yahoo.com or call the bridge center at 465-1102.

Calling all "Pros": Please sign up at the SCBC to help our 499ers perform well at the Rising Stars sectional.

Swiss and Team games are similar to rubber bridge in their scoring. The strategy is somewhat different than duplicate; check-out a summary of the strategy.

Newcomer Game - Thursday Evenings

Are you looking for bridge practice with others at your level? Would you like to earn some masterpoints in a fun environment? The Thursday evening Newcomer game is right for you!

Starting March 7th, the Newcomer Game is scheduled every Thursday evening 6PM-8PM. The game is limited to players with 0-5 masterpoints. You don't have to be a member of the ACBL to play. You don't need a partner; just show up. Your first game is FREE! After that, the table fee is only $5 per player.

Although masterpoints are awarded, the "relaxed" atmosphere emphasizes learning and enjoyment of our great game. Following the game, the director will be happy to review a couple of interesting hands and answer questions using hand records.

Please contact Ken at 426-4949 or email him at pasa49@pacbell.net with any questions.

Expert At Your Elbow - Friday AM

Are you looking to practice bridge in a relaxed atmosphere with others at your level and get immediate expert advice on bidding, play and defense? The SCBC has created "Expert At Your Elbow" sessions on Friday mornings starting at 10A for players with less than 10MPs to fulfill this need. The cost is $8 and includes salad and snacks. In January these sessions were drawing 10 or more players. To quote one of the attendees, "I love these sessions!" Come and join them to practice and get excellent guidance and advice. You don't need a partner, just show up!

Please contact Ken at (831) 600-6184 for questions.

2019 Rising Stars Sectional

The 2019 Rising Stars Sectional, Saturday and Sunday March 9 & 10 , is open to all players with less than 500 master points. The tournament is at the Mid-County Senior Center in Capitola. Here's a map. This fun tournament is organized for newer players; even those who have never played in a sectional before will find games at their level.

Co-Chairs Carol Cowen and Gina Brown have put together another great tournament. There will be terrific snacks and desserts besides an enjoyable tournament experience. The games start at 10A on Saturday and Sunday; The flyer with the complete game schedule and times may be accessed on our website by clicking here.

If you need a partner for pairs or players for your Swiss team, contact John Wesolowski via email or call him at (831) 332-4498.

Tuesday Evening Pro-Am on 3/19

It's never too early to ask your favorite Pro or Mentor to play in the upcoming pro-am/mentor-mentee game, Tuesday, March 19. It will start with a potluck at 6PM, provided by the Am players. Robin will allow time after the game to discuss hands.

"Am's" (under 750 points): You may play with your regular Tuesday Am, another Am, a "Pro" you have asked, or Robin will do her best to set you up with a "Pro" for the evening. Please sign up on the sheet provided at the SCBC. If you have any questions, e-mail Robin at robindevenden@gmail.com or call the bridge center at 465-1102.

"Pro's": Please sign up at the SCBC if you are willing to share your expertise.

Unit 550 Mission: As the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) of Santa Cruz County, Unit 550, we promote the game of bridge, support the bridge clubs at the Santa Cruz Bridge Center (SCBC), and provide a pleasant, fun environment for learning and playing bridge.

Game Calendar & Schedules: At the SCBC, 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. Clicking Schedule lists the regular schedule. Clicking Calendar displays the games and classes this month with changes from the regular schedule.

Game Results: Click Results on this page or on the in the Calendar.

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) 531-8375
Santa Cruz DuplicateKen Llacera(831) 426-4949

Classes: Interested in learning or improving your bridge? Check out current classes at Learn Bridge Classes

Masterpoints & Game Winners: Significant bridge accomplishments by our members are found under Accolades; including a listing of all Unit 550 Life Masters.

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

We look forward to seeing you at the tables!

Your Unit 550 Board of Directors