Jim McKenna Cup

2015 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.

With a strong showing in the spring Bonanza team games, Suzanne Jones coasted to victory in the 2015 McKenna Cup contest. Her 19+ mp's from the May tournament alone were enough to capture the prize, although Suzanne added 2+ mp's to her total in the fall McKenna tourney. Sue is no stranger to the winner's circle -- this was win number eleven for the Unit 359 veteran -- she has won the trophy precisely half the time it has been awarded since 1994!   Below are the overall finishes which gave Sue the 2015 McKenna Cup win: (overall finishes only -- any section and Swiss match awards are not shown):

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

Here are the top 10 contenders in the 2015 contest, with their Masterpoint aggregates over the two tournaments:

21.40 Suzanne Jones
17.91 Carol Ward
17.44 Linda Sundbye
15.56 Bill Brackett
13.84 Tim Watson
13.52 Jeanne Gray
13.05 Sally Ann Rhea
12.78 Daphne Davenport
11.38 Jim Johnson
10.79 Reiko Raese