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Santa Cruz Bridge Center
2450 17th Avenue, Suite 200
Santa Cruz,CA 95062
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Masterpoint Winners
Click Mon Eve (08/19) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Kenneth Girouard - Lou Browning 66.73 1st A 0.68
Chris Tainty - David Harken 66.25 1st A 0.68
Diane Gunter - Michael Modest 55.16 2nd A 0.48
Carol Cowen - Gina Brown 51.88 1st B 0.53
Carol Clouse - Carroll Mayer 50.00 2/3rd B 0.34
John Walker - Nancy Ficarrotta 50.00 2/3rd B 0.34
Laura McCabe - Leslie Davidson 44.08 2nd B 0.37
Eric Stolzberg - Mark Riley 43.91 1st C 0.39
Masterpoint Winners
Click Mon Aft (08/19) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Rachael Spencer - Robin Evenden 61.01 1st A 1.59
Ann Ottenberg - Jerry Kibbey 58.93 2nd A 1.11
Josh Karter - Steven Smith 56.85 1st A 1.59
Hemant Vaidya - John Benich 53.57 2nd A 1.11
Carol Maggipinto - Ken Gamble 52.38 3rd A 0.80
Bruce Dau - Jim Martin 49.70 3rd A 0.80
Peggy Dilfer - Susan Benich 46.13 1st C 0.59
Masterpoint Winners
Click Sun Aft (08/18) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Masterpoints
Jonni Faircrest - Salvatore Turano Jr 69.58 1.60 Red, 1.59 Blk
John Oppenheimer - Peter Gelfand 60.42 1.20 Red, 1.19 Blk
Lani Ray - Steve Hubbell 58.75 0.90 Red, 0.89 Blk
John Benich - Susan Benich 58.33 0.79 Red, 0.79 Blk
Kristin Smith - Steven Smith 54.58 0.61 Red, 0.61 Blk
Angie Millslagle - Judy Osborn 54.17 0.46 Red, 0.46 Blk
Masterpoint Winners
Click Fri AM (08/16) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Ken Llacera - Richard Hill 66.07 1st A 0.80
Carol Maggipinto - Richard Wasserstrom 64.29 1st A 0.80
Jonni Faircrest - Salvatore Turano Jr 55.06 2nd A 0.56
Ann Ottenberg - April Johnston 53.57 2nd A 0.56
Bette Harken - Pamela Benz 51.49 3rd A 0.40
Annemarie Moller - John Hullman 50.89 1st B 0.48
Gary Oing - John Benich 50.89 1st C 0.16
Rick Zinman - Steven Smith 48.81 2nd B 0.34
Masterpoint Winners
Click Thu Eve (08/15) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
John Walker - Jonni Faircrest 62.50 1st A 0.60
Josh Karter - Rick Zinman 59.17 2nd A 0.42
Masterpoint Winners
Click Thu AM (08/15) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Ken Llacera - Xavier Prochaska 64.81 1st A 1.00
Farol Henderson - John Wesolowski 53.24 2nd A 0.70
Sydney Reuben - Thomas Burke 52.78 3/4th A 0.43
Carol Maggipinto - Ken Gamble 52.78 3/4th A 0.43
Angie Millslagle - Judy Osborn 51.39 3rd B 0.28
Masterpoint Winners
Click Wed Eve (08/14) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Joy Gift - Sharol Sevilla 61.11 1st A 0.48
Carolyn Watanabe - Renee Flint 60.00 1st A 0.48
Amos Hahn - Cynthia Copple 55.00 2nd A 0.34
Richard Pearce - Susan Pearce 54.44 2nd B 0.21
Janet Loops - Lester Loops 52.22 2nd A 0.34
Kathleen Matthews - Robin Baker 46.67 2nd B 0.17
Masterpoint Winners
Click Wed Aft (08/14) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
James Slinger - Ken Llacera 64.17 1st A 1.30
Mark Hasey - Steven Smith 61.25 2nd A 0.91
Ann Ottenberg - Stanna Balassi 59.58 3rd A 0.65
Claire Swetland - D Webb 54.17 4th A 0.46
Barry Samuel - Malcolm Sprott 53.33 5/6th A 0.24
Jonni Faircrest - Susan Slinger 53.33 5/6th A 0.24
Carol Avenmarg - Diana Schilling 47.92 3rd B 0.28
Masterpoint Winners
Click Tue Eve (08/13) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Howard Feldstein - Steven Smith 60.42 1st A 0.64
Carol Avenmarg - Richard Hill 57.39 2nd A 0.45
Josh Karter - Rick Zinman 52.54 3rd A 0.32
Bette Harken - David Harken 48.61 1st B 0.40
Karen Schamberg - Peggy Dilfer 47.82 2nd B 0.28
Masterpoint Winners
Click Tue AM (08/13) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Heather MacGregor - James Slinger 74.31 1st A 1.50
Charles Pender - Ken Gamble 61.00 2nd A 1.05
Barry Samuel - Malcolm Sprott 57.89 3rd A 0.75
Ken Llacera - Mick Friedberg 56.57 4th A 0.53
Annemarie Moller - Phyllis Cramblet 55.13 1st B 0.64
Lloyd Shipman Jr - Michael Modest 52.73 2nd B 0.45
Diana Schilling - Susan Benich 51.65 3rd B 0.32
Masterpoint Winners
Click Mon Eve (08/12) for complete results.
Partnership Pct Rank MP
John Wesolowski - Judy Osborn 61.88 1st A 0.40
Darby Kremers - Linda Downing 58.75 2nd A 0.28
Lester Loops - Steven Nelson 57.50 1st A 0.40
Francine Raphael - Mary Kelly 56.88 2nd A 0.28
John Walker - Nancy Ficarrotta 54.38 2nd B 0.17
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Thursday Swiss

The Thursday AM game on August 22nd starting at 10:30A is a Swiss. Get your team organized for this fun event. As suggested by several participants, the rules for teams have been changed:

  • "A" players have more than 2000 MPs.
  • "B" players have 500-2000 MPs.
  • "C" players are under 500 MPs.

Team qualifications:

  • Teams with 2 "A" players may only have "C" players as teammates.
  • Teams with 1 "A" player may have at most two "B" players.
  • Teams with 3 "B" players must have a "C" player as a teammate.

If you need teammates, email Ken. Salad and snacks are provided.

Surfs Up Sectional Coming Soon!

The tournament this year is the weekend of September 14-15 at the Mid-County Senior Center in Capitola. Here's a map.

There's a two-session Open Pairs on Saturday, play either session or both. For 299er players, there's a separate section with morning and afternoon sessions. Sunday is stratified swiss teams. The sectional is a great opportunity to win your silver points.

Co-Chairs John Oppenheimer and Steve Smith have put together a terrific event. The flyer can be accessed here. If you need a partner contact Ginger Stone at (831) 706-7075.

Additional information is on this website, click the Surfs Up icon in the left menu bar.

Beginning Bridge Enrollments Now Open

Beginning Bridge classes, for both new players and returning players, start on Tuesday, September 10 at 10A in the Santa Cruz Bridge Center. More information here.

Updated Website More Secure

SCBC Web version 2 is now "live" featuring a fully secure site that can be trusted with your data.

Unless you are using the secure portions of the site, you will see no difference in your SCBC web experience. Activities such as checking game results, looking at the calendar or checking News are unchanged.

Secure applications, such as "Member Query" or "Updating Your Information", require a login. There is a Create Account link to establish a secure account with login credentials. This capability is restricted to registered members of Unit 550 with a valid email address on file. Click the Create Account link at the top of a page. Your ACBL# is your "userid".

Unit 550 Board of Directors 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 our 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 Ken Llacera or any member of the Board or reply to this email to put your name in for election to the 2020-2021 Board of Directors or to learn more. The deadline for accepting nominations for the official ballot is Monday, October 14th; write-in candidates are also accepted. The election results will be announced during the Annual Meeting and Holiday Party on Saturday, December 14th.

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