Jim McKenna Cup

2017 winner -- Linda Sundbye

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.

One of Unit 359's highest-ranked players, veteran Linda Sundbye collected 41+ MPs in our two tourneys to capture the crown comfortably. Perennial Top-10 contender Jeanne Gray claimed the runner-up spot with 32+ MPs. Linda notched the lion's share of her total in the Spring Bonanza, winning the first two events she entered. She capped off her winning effort with a 7th overall finish in the Fall McKenna Saturday Open Pairs. Her 41+ MPs were the 2nd-highest winning total on record. Linda's victory came on the overall finishes shown below. Congratulations, Linda!

Tournament    Event    Finish
Bonanza-May Bracketed Swiss Teams(1)
Stratified Open Pairs
McKenna-OctoberStratified Open Pairs

Here are the top 10 contenders in the 2017 race, with their Masterpoint aggregates over the two tournaments:

      41.50 Linda Sundbye
      32.13 Jeanne Gray
      25.27 Rick Clelland
      23.96 Ying Zhang
      22.40 Bill Brackett
      21.40 Tim Watson
      19.58 Paul Flanders
      17.65 Michael Perlman
      17.48 Jane Baryames
      16.74 Kathy Ragland