Ovation Hall at the Odawa Casino was often packed to the gills.
The 2016 Petoskey Regional
Breaks the Records
above, Edward Kukla, at right, and Pat Wood, below, competing for gold points
Debbie and Dave Deal, above, competed while, Debbie's dad, Don Downie,at right,
took a moment to contemplate the action.
It was just another record-breaking Petsokey Regional.
From Aug. 15 to Aug, 21, the event at the Odawa Casino filled 971 tables, with 563 players taking home 5486.38 masterpoints. The previous regional, in 2014 and also at the casino, recorded 881 tables with 517 masterpoint winners.
The 10 percent growth in attendance signifies the event's growing acceptance not just in Western Michigan but throughout the state, the nation (lots of players from Florida, for example) and the world. Once again David Bakhshi, a top professional player, made the trip from London, walking off with an event-leading 89.62 points.
Not that the local players did badly, of course.
Josie Doherty, for example, picked up 15.61 in red and gold, enough to propel her to Bronze Lifemaster status.
Susan Trimble led the list of regular Petoskey Duplicate Bridge Club players with 28.63 points. Included in her total were 8.63 gold points gained when she and Bill and Debbie and Dave Deal finished fifth overall and second in the B flight of the Sunday Swiss event that concluded the tournament.
Mike Sears, the chair of the tournament, praised the work of the volunteers from the club as well as the directors and other volunteers. He offered thanks to, among others:
Julie Kennedy . . . Partnership chair (she did it all)
Arlene Loca . . . Registration chair (she had 6-10 volunteers helping)
All members who brought card tables for us to use
All members who helped fold tables and put up bid boxes following the event
Ken Van Cleve, Mike Roberts, Diane Beyer-Martin . . . ACBL directors
Paul Christ . . . official assistant to the directors
The Warwick brothers . . . Jake, AJ, Robert and Gopher and their dad David . . . caddies again!
Bob Smith, Debbie/Dave Deal, Liz/Bob Bitterman, Larry Shepherd, Larry Willis, Bill Trimble, Pam Ziegel . . . set up and returning tables and bid boxes to club
Scenes from the Sunday Swiss, the final event
As chair of the partnership desk, Julie Kennedy, above left, found partners for 76 players in pairs events and organized 60 pairs into 30 teams to compete in knockouts and Swiss play.
Allison White and Jan Coltman, above, and Lynne Parker, below, were regulars at the registration desk. Competitors loved the registration gift, a multiple-use convention- and score-card holder provided by Unit 195.
Below, signing in for afternoon play.
Above left, Jody Barth, pondering a bid, with her partner. Above right, Larry Willis and his partner, Marilyn Keil, deal hands.
At leftt,Tom Daly checks a score. Below, Ann Zousmer, Mary Kaye Goldblatt and Eva Walker, awaiting their next table assignments.
The event drew players from far and wide. Below left, Gerry Hadley, of Mancelona and Sun City FL with her partner Tom Richard. Below right, sisters Roberta and Pam George who have a cottage on Lake Charlevoix. Pam generally plays in Ann Arbor.
PDBC regulars who won 10 or more points in the regional, listed by overall rank, the number of points won, and player name.
30 28.63 Susan Trimble
47 25.23 Betsy Howe
48 25.08 Bill Trimble
51 23.89 Peter Cullman
52 23.89 Karen Abbott-Quigley
53 23.77 Pamela Ziegel
59 22.65 John Kreag
60 22.29 Debbie Deal
61 22.29 David Deal
62 22.19 Jane Huff
72 20.52 Thomas Kennedy
73 20.52 Julia Kennedy
74 20.35 Grant Van Horne
75 20.04 Patricia Berger
76 20.04 Elizabeth Stephen
83 18.97 Mark Hess
85 18.38 Lulie Eide
90 17.69 Louis Slyker
101 15.94 David Fowler
104 15.81 Linda Roberts
105 15.61 Josie Doherty
106 14.57 Theodore Robinson
109 14.34 Barb Harbaugh
121 12.96 Carol Bertschinger
122 12.96 Paul Nelson
126 12.40 Patsy Warner
130 11.81 Philomena Dillhoff
131 11.81 Rosalie Gartner
133 11.61 Geoffrey Goldich
134 11.58 Joan Henderson
136 11.38 Nancy Colbert
142 11.07 Susan Kett
143 11.00 Jeannette Aspenleiter
144 10.94 Debbie Sears
145 10.85 Jean Hunt
155 10.23 Melissa Georges
156 10.18 Carol Gove