Saturday, June 11, 2011

Bridge Blog 425: The monthlies

          After the rotten, miserable May I had, I was in no hurry to check out the monthly masterpoint races on the ACBL website, but one can only ignore these things for so long. So let’s take a peek at those leaders in the 1000 to 2500 point division.
First, the Unit 116 races, which are just for Buffalo. In the Ace of Clubs race, which is just for club play, I’m not lowdown as I thought. Fifth with 56.05 points. Ahead of me – Mike Kisiel, 92.37; John Ziemer, 77.28; Carlton Stone, 64.58; Elizabeth Clark, 64.19; then me. Rounding out the top 10 – Vince Pesce, 50.42; Jim Gullo, who doesn’t play the Airport Bridge Club, 47.68; Judy Padgug, 44.57; Carolyn Siracuse, 40.34; and Paul Libby, 37.43.
          In the Mini-McKenney race, which includes all the points you earn, clubs and tournaments altogether, I sit much lower on the list – 10th with 61.49. The nine in front of me look like this – Dian Petrov, 171.11, thanks to that big tournament win back in March; Judy Padgug, 103.66; John Ziemer, 93.33; Mike Kisiel, 93.06; Kathy Pollock, 73.20; Carlton Stone, 69.96; Jim Gullo, 68.22; Elizabeth Clark, 65.98; and Mike Ryan, 62.33. I need to step up my game, that’s for sure.
          On the District 5 level (Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh), I’m 11th on the Ace of Clubs list. Kisiel is tops, Ziemer is third, Carlton is fifth and Liz Clark is sixth. On the Mini-McKenney, I’m not among the Top 25. I’d need at least 81.52 points to make it. Dian Petrov is second, behind Hao Ge of Bay Village, Ohio, who has 190.59.
          In the national races, you need at least 73.56 to make the Ace of Clubs Top 100. Kisiel is 23rd. Top is Zita Lechter of Sunny Isles, Fla., with 172.35, followed by Ronald Andrews of Vero Beach, Fla., with 145.54. As for the Mini-McKenney Top 100, cutoff point is 147.90. Dian Petrov is 60 th. Hao Ge is 37th. Leader is Louise Clark of Glencoe, Ill., with 469.70, followed by last month’s leader Geeske Joel of Palo Alto, Calif., at 427.20, and Allison Howard of Cookeville, Tenn., with 376.43.

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