Jane Melby is the 2018 Sportsperson of the Year for the DBAA/Unit 253. Her successful nomination was echoed by many as she was described as the essence of graciousness at the table and in the clubs. It has been suggested that her most sportsman-like trait is the lack of drama in competition and that her poise and warm smile go a long way to dispel any possible awkwardness that might arise at the table. Jane has consistently played with partners at all levels, playing 'up' to better her game and mentoring many new and advancing players. Jane is best known as a popular teacher, but her most recent significant bridge accomplishment was graciously running the I/N desk at the 2018 ATL NABC.
Jane will receive a certificate and a year of free plays at all of the DBAA Sectional Touraments in 2019. Her name will be included on the DBAA-maintained plaque with all of the previous winners. Congratulations Mrs. Melby.
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