This was an exceptionally good year for the prestigious DBAA honor known as SPOTY (Sportsperson of the Year). There were many excellent candidates nominated, but one stood head and shoulders above the rest (and not just because he is so tall): Arnold Hawkins is the player that we honor this year for his admirable ethical behavior and strong sense of fair play over an extended period of time and for his outstandingly pleasant and gracious comportment at the table. His partners and his opponents all agree that while they admire his bridge successes at all levels of the game, it is his demeanor and affability that they appreciate the most.
Arnold will receive a certificate and a year of free plays at all of the DBAA Sectional Tournaments in 2018. His name will be included on the DBAA maintained plaque with all our previous winners. Congratulations, Mr. Hawkins.
WINNERS OF DBAA CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS
The DBAA holds various Unit Championship events at its sectionals. Winners have their names engraved on our championship plaques maintained at the Atlanta Duplicate Bridge Club. Congratulations to the winners of these events!
2017 - Colleen Martin, Eatonton GA - Janis Cumminskey, Palmetto, Georgia
FLIGHT B (Less than 3000 masterpoints)
2017 - Gloria Stone - Richard Lash, both from St John's, Newfoundland
2016 - Bruce Byrne, Marietta, GA - Jeff Cathrall, Atlanta, GA
2017 - Gary Wiliams, Roswell, GA - Marty Nathan, Atlanta, GA
2016 - Bill Kulbersh, Atlanta, GA - Robert Fendrick, Marietta, GA
FRIENDSHIP PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP (Non-Life Master playig with Life Master)
2017 - Suzanne Miell, Atlanta, GA and Bruce Byrne, Marietta, GA
SWISS TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIP
2016 - Virginia Michelich, Decatur, GA and Ronald Boggs; Suzanne Miell and Sandra Erickson, all from Atlanta, GA
2016 - Bill Kulbersh - Olin Hubert - Atlanta, GA; Hugh Brown Jr. -McCormick, SC - Robert Fendrick, Atlanta GA
KNOCKOUT TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIP
2017 - Patricia Tucker, Samuel Marks and Kevin Collins, all from Atlanta, GA; and Emory Whitaker, Macon GA
2016 - Dennis Luft, Trussville, AL - Joan Braender, Newnan GA and D Keith Henderson - Neil Thomas, both from Birmingham, AL