Sectional Recap

January, 2018

Well, San Miguel de Allende’s very first Unit Sectional is history and it’s one for the books! Not only was it a great tournament enjoyed by all, it was the best attended Sectional tournament ever played in SMA with 106.5 tables!   The Net Revenue of $1,889 USD exceeded our projections by $980. The P & L for the tournament is attached.

The tournament kicked off with the NLM charity game at Bordello Bridge Thursday morning directed by Phyllis Culp. Phyllis tells us that $3480 pesos goes to Jovenes Adelante which will pay for 18% of a one year university scholarship.  Bravo Phyllis! At the Bridge Studio, the tournament continued with two sessions/day on Friday and Saturday, concluding with the Sunday Swiss Team game, which had 16 teams!  With Director- In- Charge, Woody McHarg, the games ran flawlessly.  There were a total of 85 players who received silver Masterpoints! The top winners of the tournament were Misha Tomic and Patricia Herrera who won 15.85 points, followed by Gonzalo Herrera and Rob Rich with 15.73 points.  Wendy Valentine and Gordon Young were close behind with 13.77. Jorge Rosen won 10.89, Al Kocourek 8.79, and Enaid Savage 8.38. Congratulations to all! Tournament results may be seen at www.sanmiguelbridge.com.

We have some “angels” to thank for helping to underwrite the cost of the lunch for the Swiss team event on Sunday. Barry and Colleen Berk, Del and Linda McDaniels, Patrice Martel, and Wendy Valentine collectively contributed $6500 pesos toward our lovely lunch at La Frontera, and we all owe them our sincere thanks for their generous contributions.

Running a tournament is a lot of organizing and real work, and the Unit thanks everyone who pitched in and helped.  Enaid Savage and Danielle Pilon did the yeoman’s job of collecting the card fees and keeping the records straight.  Ellen Snyder helped with sending game files and then making coffee as needed. Special thanks go to Lynn Chambers who organized the cookie drive. Her sweet-team was Barbara Rinder, Mary Kaufman, Judy Rosenthal, Gerdur Kristjansdottir, Wanda Zyla, Vivian Millin, Jean Dorr, and Teenie Gibson. (Hope we didn’t leave anyone out!) These ladies brought in 8 dozen cookies every day, and there was none left! Thanks so much for those generous gifts!

Mary Seggerman as the tournament chair has done an outstanding job setting up the event, creating the promotional materials, and maintaining the financials. She kept everything on track, and going in the right direction. Wendy Valentine stepped up to the plate to publicize the flyer, and hit a home run!  Victor provided the restaurant list for our visitors, and was our welcoming committee. But the biggest thanks goes to the Bridge Studio that allowed the Unit to, without charge, hold the tournament at this beautiful facility that is home to us all.

Thanks to all the players who participated to help make this tournament such a success! Your enthusiasm and energy made all the hard work worthwhile. It’s time for a bit of rest and relaxation before we head to the San Miguel Regional February 27th thru March 4th. See you all there!

Sherry McHarg

President Unit 254