Greater St. Louis Bridge News

News from Greater St. Louis Unit 143

Editor:  Sheryl Finkenstadt, St. Louis MO

When they're winning, people rarely say "It's only a game."

2007 Player of the Year

Alan Popkin wins first place in the Unit 143 Player of the Year contest.

The Unit 143 Player Of The Year (POTY) is awarded to that unit member in good standing who has won the most masterpoints in unrestricted Unit-sponsored events (12 Unit games, 3 sectionals, 1 Regional, and the Braggin' Rights Team game), by finishing first, second, or third in the overalls. This reflects loyalty and dedication to the Unit and, of course, a great deal of skill.

Ed Schultz, Susan Perez and Tom Kniest were 2nd, 3rd & 4th respectively, with only 6.77 masterpoints separating 1st from 4th.

We play for amusement and for edification. We play for the adrenalin surge, the exhilaration of making an "impossible" contract. We play for the pride of executing an exquisite play after a brilliant auction. We play for defending perfectly. And we play for Master Points.

Congratulations to the following members who have advanced in rank in December 2007:

Jr. Master, 5 to 20
   Luke Lucas
   Isabelle Montupet

Club Master, 20 to 50
   Elaine Booker
   Elizabeth Bush
   Jason Daming
   Hortense Growe
   Rovert Mueller
   Judy Pass
   Liz Teasdale

Sectional Master, 50 to 100
   John Bernuy
   Debbie Sutton

Regional Master, 100 to 200
   Bernard Hoover
   Jeanne Redington

NABC Master, 200 to 300
   Linda Mize
   Jim Neville

Life Master, 300 to 500
   Carole Venkelman
   Dianne Glick

Bronze LM, 500 to 1000
   Patti Disbrow
   Jane Ettelson

Emerald LM, 7,500 to 10,000
   Rod Van Wyk

Upcoming Tournaments

March 1, 2008 -- 199er Championships: Two single-session events, sectionally rated.

May 16 - 18, 2008 -- Sectional

August 11 - 17, 2008 -- Mississippi Valley Regional with four NEW "Prime-Time" KOs

September 27 -- 199er Championship

October 17 - 19, 2008 -- Sectional