Jim McKenna Cup

2014 winners -- Gary Steiner / Michael Perlman

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.

Unit 359 veterans Michael Perlman and Gary Steiner captured the trophy jointly in 2014.   Michael and Gary, by playing as partners in every 2014 Boulder tournament event they entered, ensured that they would finish with identical masterpoint totals.   The aggregate 33.02 mp's each collected over both tournaments was good for the victory.   This was Gary's third trip to the winner's circle -- he shared the Cup in 1994 and won it outright in 1999.   Two-time Cup winner Gary Greene finished third in the race with 28.01 masterpoints.   Here are details of Michael/Gary'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 3rd
McKenna-Oct Sunday Flight A Swiss 1st

Here are the top 10 contenders in the 2014 contest, with their Masterpoint aggregates over the two tournaments:

33.02 Michael Perlman / Gary Steiner
28.01 Gary Greene
25.57 Suzanne Jones
25.09 Kathy Ragland
22.14 Carol Ward
18.29 Linda Sundbye
15.75 Gena Brooks / Bill Brooks
15.08 Jeanne Gray