Friday, September 7, 2012

Bridge Blog 567: All in for August

Seventh of the month, the new tallies for the master point races are up on the ACBL website. My totals for the year now stand at 109.67 Ace of Clubs and 131.27 overall (Mini-McKenney). How does this stack up on the unit, district and national levels? Let’s find out.
Among Unit 116 players (Buffalo only) in the 1,000 to 2,500 master point section, I’m in sixth place in the Ace of Clubs race. Carlton Stone still is first with 132.39, followed by Mike Silverman (128.19), John Ziemer (118.94), Liz Clark (111.66) and Vince Pesce (111.46). Right on my heels is Jim Gullo (108.73), then Carolyn Siracuse (92.06), Barbara Libby (89.59) and Mike Ryan (85.69). 
In the Mini-McKenney, I’m eighth. There are two extra names on the top – Judy Padgug, who has vaulted to first with 238.33, and Dian Petrov, who has 229.15, but has slipped to third. Between them is John Ziemer with 231.73. The rest of the list includes Mike Ryan (176.20), Jim Gullo (145.32), Mike Silverman (139.74), Carlton Stone (138.25), me, Liz Clark (129.82) and Vince Pesce (111.46, same as his Ace of Clubs total).
OK, on to the District 5 level (Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh). In the Ace of Clubs, I’m seventh. Only additional name is right at the top – Robert Maier of Morgantown, W. Va., with 144.79. Next out-of-towner is Francine Feldman of Pittsburgh, who’s ninth with 100.29. And then, since it’s a list of 25, there are people who didn’t make the Unit 116 Top 10 – Judy Padgug (13th, 83.57), Paul Libby (18th, 74.97) and Gene Finton (19th, 73.24).
Over in the District 5 Mini-McKenney, I’m barely clinging to the list in 25th place. Top dog once again is Michael Craeger from Brecksville, Ohio, with 405.78. The aforementioned Robert Maier is second with 290.61. Judy Padgug, John Ziemer and Dian Petrov are third, fourth and fifth. Mike Ryan is 12th. Jim Gullo is 19th. Mike Silverman is 20th. And Carlton Stone is 22nd.
On the national level, Ace of Clubs in my division is headed once again by good old Charlie Christmas from Tallahassee, Fla, with 236.22, trailed closely by John Petrie of Long Beach, Calif., with 231.99.  Robert Maier is 25th. Only two of us from Unit 116 appear – Carlton Stone (48th) and Mike Silverman (61st). To make the bottom rung on the Top 100, you need 119.65.
On the Mini-McKenney, the top is tightly bunched – James Gross of Lee’s Summit, Mo. (465.21), Zachary Grossack of Newton, Mass. (458.43) and Stephen Apodaca of Santa Fe, N.M. (446.06). District 5 leader Michael Craeger is seventh, Robert Maier is 46th, Judy Padgug misses the cut. You need 242.74 to make the list.

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