Marco Regional Report
The Marco Regional appeared to be a success with good attendance
and a great deal of star power. Luminaries such as Billy Eisenberg,
Eric Rodwell, Jeff Meckstroth, Geoff Hampson, Barnett Shenkin,
Mike Cappelletti Sr. and Jr., Garey Hayden, Mark Molson, Mike
Seamon, Mike Becker, Bill Passell and Bobby Levin were present.
It's always a great thrill to look at an adjacent table and see
a world champion.
Members of the Naples Bridge Center made a strong showing
for themselves. An especially strong performance was turned in
by the team of Ron and Joy Schick, Sudhakar Bhatt and Chris Shanklin.
Team Schick was sharp as a razor, taking first place in the second
bracket of the Primetime Knockouts to go with a fifth place finish
in the top bracket of the Open Knockouts, earning 36 Gold Points
for their efforts. The finish in the Open KOs is especially impressive,
as the top bracket included the world champions and other experts
referred to earlier.
Also performing well in the top bracket of the Open KOs was
Bob Blum, whose team garnered a third place finish. To put the
level of competition in the top bracket in perspective, Joseph
Shay of Ponte Vedra led a team which included Hampson, Rodwell
and Meckstroth. The Shay team was riding the succeess of its
recent victory in the Grand National Team championships, representing
Florida. This national championship team failed to place in either
of the Knockout events. As Bob Blum wryly observed, "Welcome
to Marco." The Blum juggernaut also did well at the end
of the week, placing in Sunday's Open Swiss.
John Vega turned in a pair of strong showings in Bracket II of
the two Knockout events. Playing with Joe Moriarty, his team
placed second in the Primetime Knockouts. Joined by John Blashill,
Guy Germer and Marty Lavine for the Open Knockouts, Team Vega
earned a 3/4 finish. John picked up 20 Gold Points during the
Ted and Mary Darlington lead a team, along with fellow islanders
Evelyn McDowell and Dotsy Bywater, to a first place finish in
the fourth bracket of the Open KOs. Evelyn also made Life Master
during the tournament when she and Dotsy had a nice finish in
the Stratifed Pairs on Friday.
Adriel Weakley and Dorothy Pettibone had an especially strong
showing in Friday's Senior Stratified Pairs. Although they qualified
for inclusion in the B bracket, they took first overall in the
event, besting the top A pair by over five matchpoints. Also
during the week, Muriel Seegers and Leo Heifitz took first place
in Tuesday's Senior Stratified Pairs and Peg DuBois placed first
in the Saturday Evening side game while playing with Donna Rodwell.
New Bronze Life Master
Don Sondergeld has recently made Bronze Life Master, an impressive
achievement coming on the heels of receiving his gold card last