Well done, Everyone!
Peter Freer, beloved husband of unit member Jan Duncan, passed away Friday, July 12. Although Peter was not a bridge player, he embraced the Duncan Bridge Center and was an avid supporter of its vision for bridge in the valley. Peter will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
It is with a deep sadness that we share the passing of Luella Becken, on Tuesday, July 16.
Luella was a longstanding member of our unit. A professional dancer for twenty-five years, Luella graced stages from Hollywood to New York City with tours in Las Vegas. She and her late husband retired in the desert and bridge became her passion. She shared her infectious enthusiasm for the game, and with life in general, with her partners and competitors. Her favorite club was the one holding an Open game on the day she was playing. Luella was chosen to receive the Edith Hirschman Sportsmanship Award in 2016, a fitting tribute to a woman who embodied the special qualities that all bridge players should aspire to demonstrate at the tables. Luella is survived by her three devoted friends in Unit 533 – William Stine, Jerry Ritter and Gary Bolton.
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Unit 533's Annual Awards Program and Unit Game takes place every April. To see photos and a list of all 2018 Winners, click on Awards and Races at the upper left of this page.
2018 Mini-McKenney Award Winners: Sandy Young, Kurt Schoenhard, Michael Duniven, Pieter Bax, Ann Carter, Lori Kiefer, Mac Becket, Bob Wernick, Lou Goldsmith, Barbara Sue Seal, Bob Carroll, Jim Weeks, Martin Blain, Jim Darvey, and Bruce Ferguson
(L. to R.) Bob Wernick, Jim Darvey, Barbara Sue Seal, Lou Goldsmith,
Pieter Bax, Mac Becket, Jim Weeks, Martin Blain
The McKenney Trophy, named after ACBL Executive Secretary William E. McKenney, was first awarded in 1938. It went to the player who won the most masterpoints during each calendar year. In 1986, the competition was renamed the Barry Crane Top 500, after Barry Crane, the top masterpoint winner of his era. The Mini-McKenney Awards were created in 1974 to annually recognize top masterpoint winners in 15 categories based on number of masterpoints held at the beginning of each year, from 0-5 up to over 10,000. Masterpoints won at all ACBL-santioned events, excluding online points, are counted - including local club games, STaCs, Sectionals, Regionals, NABC tournaments, and Special Events.
Pictured below: The McKenney Trophy with eight-time winner Charles Goren.