Can my miniscule 2015 point production keep me among the unit and district leaders? Just barely, as it turns out. The newly-posted totals on the ACBL website put me in ninth place on the Ace of Clubs list in the 1,000 to 2,500 point division for Unit 116 (just Buffalo) with 18.01 points.
Topping the list is Fred Yellen with 44.65, followed by last year’s champ, John Ziemer, with 39.11. After that come Martin Pieterse, 34.48; Mike Silverman, 34.27; Ken Meier, 26.65; Walt Olszewski, 24.77; Barbara Pieterse, 20.72; Elaine Kurasiewicz, an even 20; and, just below me, Dotty May with 17.73.
In the Mini-McKenney race, which includes all points from club play and tournament play, I don’t even register among the Top 10. Leader there also is Fred Yellen, with 59.16; followed by David Hemmer, 57.77; Martin Pieterse, 48.38; John Ziemer, 41.70; Mike Silverman, 36.25; Barbara Pieterse, 34.62; Ken Meier, 28.68; Walt Olszewski, 28.24; Art Morth, 27.11; and Elaine Kurasiewicz, 20.88. I’m 12th with 19.38.
The Ace of Clubs race for District 5 (Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh) is dominated once again by Unit 116 players in the 1,000 to 2,500 division. We hold the top four places. The list of 25 cuts off with Barbara Pieterse. In the big, all-inclusive list, I’m 39th.
Over on the District 5 Mini-McKenney, the Ohio players rule. Fleur Howard from Gates Mills has 173.58, followed by Sue Lan Ma from Kirtland Hills with 141.89 and Peter Merker from Mentor with 84.68. Fred Yellen is eighth. I’m 88th.
No Unit 116 players show up among the Top 500 nationally in the Mini-McKenney’s 1,000 to 2,500 division, but we manage to infiltrate the Ace of Clubs list. Fred Yellen is tied for 173th. John Ziemer’s the only other Buffalo area player on it, in 315th place. The list cuts off at 34.97 points. Top club player in the nation is Sanford Robbins of Miami Lakes, Fla., with 105.99 points.