Thursday, June 7, 2012

Bridge Blog 536: Rounding up the month

It’s the seventh day of the month and the ACBL, well-oiled machine that it is, has posted the updates of its master point races right on time. I added another 13.66 points to my totals in May – 10.63 club points, 3.03 tournament points in the Cleveland Regional – not a remarkable achievement. As I look over the Ace of Clubs lists for Western New York Unit 116, it’s clear how unremarkable my whole year has been so far.
With 47.17 club points (after another week of play in June, it’s over 50), I’m eighth on the list of 10 for the unit in the Ace of Clubs race for the players with 1,000 to 2,500 points. There’s a new leader – Carlton Stone. With 68.72, he’s jumped ahead of Vince Pesce, who stands at 64.26. The rest of the Top 10 includes Jim Gullo (62.29), John Ziemer (60.05), Mike Silverman (56.76), Liz Clark (54.30), Barbara Libby (48.28), Judy Padgug (46 even) and Carolyn Siracuse (41.72).
What I also noticed are the players in other point categories who are doing well so far this year. It’s no surprise to see Jerry Geiger topping the 2,500-5,000 list with 94.12 (best in the unit) or Meg Klamp atop the two-person 7,500-10,000 category with 77.89, but an eyebrow elevates at the 500-1,000 people, where two players have more than anyone in my division – David Millward with 76.73 and Ken Meier with 70.10. And then there’s Bill Boardman atop the 300-500 list with 67.43.
Now for the Mini-McKenney, which aggregates club points and tournament points. Here I’m tenth, with 58.65. Continuing on top is Dian Petrov with 148.81 (32.76 in the Cleveland regional), followed by Judy Padgug (120.93, 13.49 in Cleveland), Jim Gullo (89 even), Carlton Stone (72.08), John Ziemer (70.64), Mike Ryan (64.96), Vince Pesce (the same 64.26 he has in Ace of Clubs), Liz Clark (63.22) and Mike Silverman (60.89).
Mini-McKenney is where the heavy tournament hitters really shine. Top guy in the unit is Dan Gerstman with 296.94, which includes those 117.99 points from Cleveland. (Yes, in one week he won twice as many points as I’ve collected all year.) Dian Petrov is second unit-wide. Seven other players – Jerry Geiger, Judy Padgug, Meg Klamp, John Toy, Jay Levy, Chris Urbanek and Fred Yellen – have more than 100 points.
Let’s telescope out to the District 5 level, which includes Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Here the list is 25. Usually the Unit 116 players are top dogs here, but not this month. The one-two positions are held by Robert Maier of Morgantown, W.Va., with 80.73, and Francine Feldman of Pittsburgh, with 76.63. Then comes Carlton Stone, followed by the next five players on the Unit 116 list. I’m 15th. In the Mini-McKenney races, you need 80 points to make the Top 25. Dian Petrov is third, behind Michael Creager of Brecksville, Ohio (274.26, 15.12 of them in the Cleveland regional) and Henry Nelson of Zelienople, Pa. (151.34, 20.30 in Cleveland). Judy Padgug is tenth.
Does Unit 116 have any standing at all on the national Top 100 list? There the big Ace of Clubs guys in my division are John Petrie of Long Beach, Calif., with 138.84, and good old Charlie Christmas of Tallahassee, Fla., with 138.62. Carlton Stone? Not on the list. You need at least 73 points. Over on the nationwide Mini-McKenney, the new 1,000-2,500 point leader is Suzanne Cederborg of Visalia, Calif., with 301.56, followed by Dianne Sullivan of Solana Beach, Calif., with 300.33. District 5 leader Michael Creager is fifth. Dian Petrov? Not there. You need at least 154 points. In fact, nobody from Unit 116 is on any of the national Mini-McKenney lists, not even Dan Gerstman.
Gerstman, however, does turn up on a list called the Barry Crane Top 500. He’s 210th, the only one from Unit 116 who appears on it. To make that list, which actually contains 505 names, you need just short of 203 points.

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