Saturday, July 7, 2012

Bridge Blog 544: Midpoint

2012 is half over and now that the ACBL has made its monthly post of totals for the master point races, it’s a good time to stop for a moment and take stock of things. Total points so far this year – 96.20. Could I hit the 200 mark by the end of December? Not out of the question.
Also not out of the question is the Ace of Clubs race for Western New York Unit 116, i.e., Buffalo. That fabulous 27-point month of June has lifted me into a tight six-way race for the lead in the 1,000 to 2,500 point division. My Ace of Clubs total – 75.44 – puts me in fifth place, but not that far behind first-place Carlton Stone, who has 81.82. Trailing him closely are John Ziemer (80.11), former front-runner Vince Pesce (80.07), Mike Silverman (77.11), myself and Jim Gullo (74.96). The rest of the Top 10 trail back slightly (Liz Clark at 69.55 and Barb Libby at 66.67) and way back (Judy Padgug at 56.42 and Carolyn Syracuse at 54.78). Ace of Clubs leader for the unit is Jerry Geiger in the 2,500 to 5,000 division with 133.60. David Millward atop the 500 to 1,000 list has more points than any in my division – 87.36.  
My belated bonanza from the International Fund game in May (see Blogs 529 and 542) has given me a lift in the Mini-McKenney race, the one that counts club play plus tournament points. On the Unit 116 Mini-McKenney list, I’m also holding down fifth place with that 96.20. Everybody ahead of me is in three figures – Dian Petrov (207.64), Judy Padgug (135.59), John Ziemer (129.42) and Jim Gullo (107.10). The rest of the Top 10 include Mike Silverman (88.66), Liz Clark (87.71), Carlton Stone (87.68), Mike Ryan (86.24) and Vince Pesce (80.07, same as his Ace of Clubs total).
How does this play on the District 5 level, which takes in Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and some of the more remote regions of West Virginia and western Maryland? Not badly. In the Ace of Clubs standings, the first eight folks on the Unit 116 list simply have been lifted intact with two numbers added to their place on the list. Leading the parade are Robert Maier of Morgantown, W. Va., with 101.05, and Francine Feldman of Pittsburgh with 94.41.
The District 5 Top 25 includes not only all of the Unit 116 Top 10, but a few more besides. There’s Gene Finton (18th at 54.43), Mike Ryan (22nd at 49.64) and Paul Libby (24th at 47.50). Does Unit 116 have more than half of the entries in any of the other divisions? On the 500-1,000 list, Buffalonians are the top three leaders, but have only 10 of the 25. In the 300-500 category, Buffalo’s Bill Boardman leads with 80.59, but he’s one of only nine from Unit 116.
The good news in my book is that I’ve finally cracked the Top 25 list in the District 5 Mini-McKenney (again thanks to that International Fund Game), although just barely. My 96.20 puts me 23rd, just ahead of Jerri Harper of Peninsula, Ohio (95.83), and John Bernhard of Pittsburgh (95.13).  Top once again is Michael Creager of Brecksville, Ohio, with 280.76. Unit 116’s Dian Petrov is second and there are only five of us Buffalonians among the magic 25.
Nationally? Fuggetabouddit! Nobody from Unit 116 on the Ace of Clubs list for those with 1,000 to 2,500 points. You need at least 87.90 to make the bottom rung of the Top 100. Leaders are John Petrie of Long Beach, Calif., with 186.42, and good old Charlie Christmas of Tallahassee, Fla., with 167.98. As for Mini-McKenney, you need 177.51 to climb onto the list, which means that Dian Petrov is the only Unit 116 representative. He’s 48th. Top people are a couple new names – James Gross of Lee’s Summit, Mo., with 312.42, and Suzanne Cederborg of Visalia, Calif., with 307.46. District 5’s Michael Creager is 13th.

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