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Santa Cruz Bridge Center
2450 17th Avenue, Suite 200
Santa Cruz,CA 95062
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Masterpoint Winners
Click Sat Aft (10/12) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
James Slinger - Susan Slinger 73.61 1st OA 2.19
Carol Maggipinto - Richard Wasserstrom 57.64 2nd OA 1.64
Alan Chase - Carol Avenmarg 54.86 3rd OA 1.23
John Oppenheimer - Pamela Benz 54.17 4th OA 0.92
Masterpoint Winners
Click Fri AM (10/11) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Ken Llacera - Shirley Llacera 63.10 1st A 1.10
Bette Harken - Pamela Benz 62.77 2nd A 0.77
Carol Maggipinto - Richard Wasserstrom 53.69 3rd A 0.55
Bruce Dau - Susan Slinger 51.63 4th A 0.39
Diana Schilling - Susan Benich 50.54 2nd B 0.34
Janet Tainty - Rachael Spencer 47.57 1st C 0.24
Masterpoint Winners
Click Thu Eve (10/10) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
John Walker - Jonni Faircrest 59.57 1st OA 1.90
Alan Chase - Howard Feldstein 57.83 2nd OA 1.43
Barbara Shepardson - Joanne Nelson 53.04 2nd SB 0.22
Masterpoint Winners
Click Thu AM (10/10) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Carol Maggipinto - John Walker 66.81 1st OA 2.40
Alicia Keen - Robert Johnson 59.78 2nd OA 1.80
Ken Llacera - Sydney Reuben 58.46 3rd OA 1.35
Richard Wasserstrom - Thomas Burke 55.63 4th OA 1.01
Farol Henderson - John Wesolowski 54.30 2nd OC 0.77
Carol Avenmarg - Margaret Suddards 53.85 4th OB 0.57
Masterpoint Winners
Click Wed Eve (10/09) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Kenneth Girouard - Lou Browning 67.50 1st OA 0.98
Julie Akin - Thomas Motter 55.00 2nd OA 0.74
Masterpoint Winners
Click Wed Aft (10/09) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
James Slinger - Ken Llacera 64.17 1st A 1.30
Ginger Stone - Joanne Brown 57.50 2nd A 0.91
Richard Wasserstrom - Susan Slinger 54.17 3rd A 0.65
Neil Joseph Smyth - Richard Hill 53.33 4th A 0.46
Claire Swetland - D Webb 52.92 2nd B 0.45
John Wesolowski - Sydney Reuben 50.83 3rd B 0.32
Masterpoint Winners
Click Tue Eve (10/08) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Howard Feldstein - Steven Smith 60.50 1st A 0.48
John Wesolowski - Thomas Burke 52.50 2nd A 0.34
Bette Harken - David Harken 48.50 2nd B 0.22
Masterpoint Winners
Click Tue AM (10/08) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Malcolm Sprott - Richard Hill 70.00 1st A 1.20
Bonnie Simon - John Hullman 60.52 2nd A 0.84
Dorothy Malutta - Joanne Brown 54.96 3rd A 0.60
Carol Maggipinto - Ken Gamble 53.84 4th A 0.42
Rick Zinman - Steven Smith 53.48 1st C 0.32
Annemarie Moller - John Benich 42.81 2nd C 0.22
Masterpoint Winners
Click Mon Eve (10/07) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
John Wesolowski - Judy Osborn 64.38 1st OA 2.25
Andrew Calciano - Marilyn Calciano 58.13 2nd OA 1.69
John Walker - Nancy Ficarrotta 55.63 3rd OA 1.27
Carol Cowen - Gina Brown 51.88 4th OA 0.95
Kenneth Girouard - Lou Browning 46.25 1st SB 0.36
Masterpoint Winners
Click Mon Aft (10/07) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Joanne Brown - Phyllis Cramblet 59.82 1st OA 2.48
Rick Zinman - Steven Smith 59.23 2nd OA 1.86
Carol Maggipinto - Richard Hill 55.36 3rd OA 1.40
Laura McCabe - Michael Burk 55.06 4th OA 1.05
Carol Avenmarg - Dorothy Malutta 53.57 5th OA 0.78
Bharat Kamdar - Hemant Vaidya 52.68 3rd SA 0.35
Masterpoint Winners
Click Sun Aft (10/06) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Harold Wasserstrom - Richard Wasserstrom 59.71 1st A 0.64
David Harken - Michael Burk 54.17 1st B 0.48
Diane Gunter - Judith Ford 52.79 2nd B 0.34
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Plastic Water Bottles

Your Board of Directors investigated alternatives for filtered water without adding to the over-abundance of plastic bottles which get thrown out. Two firms deliver water in Santa Cruz; however, several groups we contacted reported the dispenser and the spigot get dirty. After using water dispensers for years, the Monterey Bridge Center discontinued them for hygiene reasons.

Following two months of research and discussion, the Board decided to continue providing plastic water bottles for our bridge community. To encourage members to "think green" the Unit suggests bringing personal, reusable containers and is making available reusable, dishwasher safe containers with carrying strap for $2. Personal containers can be refilled at the hallway fountain, the kitchen sink, or with hot water from the coffee maker.

The charge for plastic water bottles from the soda refrigerator will be raised to $1 beginning October 15.

Additional suggestions or comments are welcome.

Unit 550 Board of Directors Election

Each year five Board members are elected to the Unit 550 Board of Directors for two-year terms. The Nomination Committee has now identified two candidates, in addition to three Board members who agreed to serve another term. The deadline for accepting nominations for the official ballot is Monday, October 14th; write-in candidates are also accepted.

If there are no other candidates, these five will be elected by acclaimation, as specified in Section 7.5(a) of Unit 550 Bylaws, unless 5 other members of Unit 550 request in writing (or email) a formal election.

Please consider joining the Board or a committee. You do not need to be an expert player or a long-time member of Unit 550. Your ideas and enthusiasm are all that is required. The Board deals with all aspects of running the Santa Cruz Bridge Center to create an overall bridge experience for our members that is entertaining and educational while maintaining a friendly, competitive environment. We work with Club Owners to operate and manage the SCBC facility.

Contact any member of the Board to have your name included as a candidate for election to the 2020-2021 Board of Directors or to learn more. The election results will be announced during the Annual Meeting and Holiday Party on Saturday, December 14th.

Player & Partner Game Averages

A new, secure application, "Average" is now available to SCBC members who have created their account on the website. Here's some questions Average answers:

  • How you do with each of your partners?
  • How you compare to others in Open games or NLM games?
  • Who are the leaders in the year-long 299er race? (see Average Game % under Accolades for previous years)

Any many more. Just click "Average" in the authorized app box and follow the directions. If you have questions, email Ken L; he'll answer them as quickly as possible.

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

We look forward to seeing you at the tables!

Your Unit 550 Board of Directors