Jim McKenna Cup

2016 winner -- Kathy Ragland / Michael Perlman / Gary Steiner
  (Honorable Mention:     Carol Ward)

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.

The veteran trio of Gary Steiner / Kathy Ragland / Michael Perlman displayed customary steady performances to capture the Cup with 42.37 Masterpoints each. (You guessed it: they played as teammates multiple times.)   The 42+ MPs constitute the highest winning total ever!

This victory marks Gary's 4th Cup win, and Michaels's 2nd -- Gary and Michael shared it (2014); Gary had won in 1994 (with Suzanne Jones) and again (solo) in 1999.   2016 was Kathy's first trip to the winner's circle.   In four efforts in the two tournaments' team events, the threesome collected one first, two 2nd's, and a fourth:

Tournament    Event    Finish
Bonanza-May Bracketed Swiss Teams(1)
2nd
A/X Swiss Teams
4th A
McKenna-OctoberBracketed Swiss Teams(1)
1st
A/X Swiss Teams
2/3 A


(PS:   Below is the original writeup for the 2016 McKenna race. Carol Ward plays frequently in our unit's club games,tournaments, and unit games. The account below was published before your author learned that the circumstances of latitude/longitude place Carol outside our Unit and hence, ineligible for the Cup. Who knew? Rest assured, Carol, everyone considers you one of us!

After her runner-up showing for the 2015 Cup, Carol Ward grabbed the gold in 2016 with an impressive 44+ MPs. She chalked up an overall finish in every event she entered. Close behind came the trio Kathy Ragland / Gary Steiner / Michael Perlman, tied for second with 42+ points apiece.  (correct: they played as teammates multiple times)   In many previous years 42 MPs would have won the Cup by a wide margin. This makes Carol's win all the more impressive: her 44.18 tally is the highest winning total in our records.   Carol crossed the 2016 finish line with these overall showings:

Tournament    Event    Finish
Bonanza-May Bracketed Swiss Teams(1)
2nd
Stratified Open Pairs
7th
A/X Swiss Teams
6th A / 2nd X
McKenna-OctoberBracketed Swiss Teams(1)
1st
Stratified Open Pairs
12th
A/X Swiss Teams
4th A

Here are the top 10 contenders in the 2016 race, with their Masterpoint aggregates over the two tournaments:

      44.18 Carol Ward
      42.37 Michael Perlman
      42.37 Kathy Ragland
      42.37 Gary Steiner

      32.39 Suzanne Jones
      27.13 Jeanne Gray
      23.54 Jean Hupka
      23.29 Scott Needham
      18.91 Clint Heiple
      18.13 Jim Hoerlein