Jim McKenna Cup

2013 winner -- Suzanne Jones

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.

Frequent winner Suzanne Jones captured the trophy in 2013, for (count 'em) the tenth time! Suzanne played steadily in both our Sectionals, collecting 17.46 mp's in the spring Bonzana, then coming home with 23.03 in October.   Finishing a very close second to Suzanne, Linda Sundbye won 18+ mp's in each tourney to take the runner-up spot.   Here are details of Suzanne's victory (overall finishes only -- section and Swiss match awards not shown):

Tournament    Event    Finish
Bonanza-May Fri Bracketed KO's (top bracket) 1st
Sunday Flight A Swiss 6th (tie)
McKenna-Oct Fri Bracketed KO's (top bracket) 1st
Sunday Flight A Swiss 2nd

Here are the top 10 contenders in the 2013 race, with their Masterpoint aggregates over the two tournaments:

40.49 Suzanne Jones
39.76 Linda Sundbye
23.11 Sally Ann Rhea
21.52 Bill Brackett
20.90 Woody Dillinger
20.74 Jim Johnson
15.92 Clint Heiple
15.26 Rick Clelland
13.65 John Hart
13.16 Paul Haynes