The Jim McKenna Cup is a traveling award which each year goes to the Unit 359 member who wins the most aggregate Masterpoints in our two unrestricted annual tournaments -- the Boulder Bonanza Spring Sectional and the Kay McKenna Boulder Fall Sectional.
The Cup was established decades ago as the McKenna Cup and was made a memorial award in memory of Jim McKenna following his death. Prior to 1994, the Cup winner could be from any Unit. At that time the rules changed so that the winner must be a Unit 359 member. Both McKennas were giants in Unit 359 bridge, being among our earliest Life Masters. Kay was in fact our Unit's very first Life Master. The "Kay McKenna Boulder Fall Sectional" tournament is named in Kay's honor -- she was a great supporter and benefactor of duplicate bridge in our area.
Jim Johnson captured the trophy in 2010. He carried a three-event winning streak into the October McKenna Fall Sectional and made it four by taking first in the Friday KO's (bracket 2). The streak ended there, but these wins helped him bring home the trophy. The win was especially gratifying to Jim, as his father Vern had won the trophy in 1995. Good job, Jim! Jeanne Achziger combined a strong showing in the McKenna with a respectable performance in the Spring Bonanza to finish a close second.   Here are details of Jim's victory (overall finishes only -- section and Swiss match awards not shown):
|Tournament||   Event||   Finish|
|Bonanza-May||Fri Bracketed KO's||1st (bracket 2)|
|Sat Open Pairs||1st B / 4th A|
|Sunday A/X Swiss||1st B / 7th A|
|McKenna-Oct||Fri Bracketed KO's||1st (bracket 2)|
Here are the top 10 contenders in the 2010 race, with their Masterpoint aggregates over the two tournaments:
34.37 Jim Johnson 33.49 Jeanne Achziger 28.28 Jeanne Gray 27.39 Jean Hupka 27.01 Jim Hoerlein 25.73 Paul Haynes 25.08 Katelin Yates 18.98 Jean Grunwald 18.68 Bill Brackett 18.63 Suzanne Jones