Greater St. Louis Bridge News

News from Greater St. Louis Unit 143

Editor:  Mary Dolan, 10806 Charlton Way, St. Louis, MO 63146 

Because every hand is different, the intellectual challenge of bridge never ceases.
Besides, and more importantly, my father often noted that, 'If you don't play bridge, you'll have a miserable old age.'
Since that time is getting closer, this is no time for my interest in bridge to lag or diminish."

 -- Rudy Boschwitz

Unit 143 Fall Sectional

Treat yourself to a fun-filled fall weekend at the St. Louis Sectional, October 20-22, 2017 at Blanchette Park Memorial Hall, St. Charles, Missouri. Events include:

♠ Friday afternoon Open and I/N Pairs

♠ Friday evening Single Session Swiss and I/N Pairs

♠ Saturday AM Single Session Swiss

♠ Saturday afternoon and evening Two-session Pairs, side games, and I/N pairs

♠ Sunday Swiss Open and 0-300 MP Swiss

Click here for further event details. 

Unit 143 Advancers

Bronze Life Master:  Estella Lau

Silver Life Master:  Susan Kilo


Gateway to the West Regional

While enjoying great hospitality and friendly competition, players earned a total of 8274.09 masterpoints.  Following are the top twenty masterpoint winners:

94.51 Clay Cuthbertson, Quincy IL

91.78 Milton Zlatic, Saint Louis MO

86.29 Ron Smith, Chicago IL

82.07 Robert Gardner, Glenview IL

82.07 Mark Kessler, Springfield IL

82.07 Dick Bruno, Des Plaines IL

81.84 Rod Beery, Saint Charles MO

81.04 Valentin Kovachev, Las Vegas NV

80.71 Virgil Stetz, Lincoln NE

80.54 Nancy Phillips, Tulsa OK

75.63 Jack Spear, Shawnee Mission KS

74.58 Tom Kniest, Brentwood MO

73.81 Don Stack, Kansas City KS

73.76 Shan Huang, Toronto ON

73.76 Kevin Dwyer, Melbourne FL

73.54 Jack Bryant, Saint Louis MO

73.26 Cookie Potter, Sunset Beach CA

72.76 Kimberly Whipple, Boca Grande FL

72.76 Justin Lall, Charlotte NC

72.26 Ed Schulte, Tampa FL

Bridge Haven Backstoppers Charity Game

Backstoppers Organization assists families of St. Louis area police officers, firefighters, and other emergency personnel who are killed in the line of duty.  On September 10, 2017, local "pros" from the St. Louis area gathered to play with the Unit 143 members who bid for the chance to play with them. 

Thanks to Chuck Starovasnik and Barbara Reid of Bridge Haven Club for coordinating this 8th Annual Pro-Am game.  Thanks to St. Louis Bridge Center for donating their facility.  A special thanks to the local “pros” for donating their time and talent.  This year over $17,000 was raised to benefit the families served by Backstoppers.

Congratulations to Randy Baker and En Xie (Pro) who took first place with a 66.83%, to Bill Canfield and Tom Oppenheimer (Pro) who took second place with a 62.66%, to Chuck Ettelson and Tom Kniest (Pro) on taking third with 61.89%, and to Estella Lau and Mark Ehret (Pro) fourth with 60.58%. 

Fall 299er Tournament

On September 23 and 24, Unit 143 held the Fall 299er tournament at the St. Louis Bridge Center.

Big Games at Unit 143 Clubs

Richard Riezman - Rod Beery   



St. Louis Bridge Center

Mike Arnheim - Arthur O'Mara



Bridge Haven

Larry White - Bob Barley



St. Louis Bridge Center

Jay Bourne - Beverly Baumgartner



Bridge Haven

Bob Schaefer - Kristin Schaefer



J's Bridge Pad

Ellen White - Nancy Hope



St. Louis Bridge Center

Carol Hamilton - Arbha Vongsvivut



St. Louis Bridge Center

Janet Vontz - Tom Engle



Lake St. Louis

Darlene Trenholm - Mark Behling



St. Louis Bridge Center

Kenneth Kwantes - Mary Butts



Rolla Duplicate Bridge Club

Gary Hargrove - Richard Edwards Jr        



St. Louis Regional Gold Rush Pairs    

Sharon Spurgeon - Dickie Spurgeon



St. Louis Bridge Center

Debra Romero - Clay Cuthbertson



J's Bridge Pad

Susan Hall - Mary Fort