Word Cup 9 – Shop while you play

From Helen Flores:
IMG_1521In addition to Scrabble®, Word Cup 9 will include opportunities to shop in air-conditioned comfort. These and more beach/tote bags will be available for sale, with proceeds helping to defray expenses.

 

 

Quilt Tropical punch

Raffle items in Coral Gables at Word Cup 9 will include this one-off-kind quilt. All cotton fabrics include recycled scraps from Hawaiian shirts, lightweight cotton batting, and tropical print batik fabric on the back.

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Many other great items will be featured in our silent auction.

Socks for the silent auction

Socks for the silent auction

A lovely day in Lake Oswego

Twelve of us enjoyed a mostly-sunny day while playing our favorite game.  Some of us even played outdoors on or near Scott’s newly-refinished deck.  There was a nice array of food to keep us going.  What could be better?

Photo by Scott Smith.

Winners

Winners

Word Cup is coming – California players are ready

From Dave Postal:

Although June gloom has descended upon Southern California, the mood was anything but gloomy during Sunday’s Word Cup Warm Up tournament at the Long Beach Bridge Club.  Thirty-nine competitors lined up in five divisions with Jem Burch, Brian Nelson, Leo McKenna, Paul Rickhoff and Maxine Marcus taking home the top prizes in Divisions A through E respectively.

The youngsters

The youngsters

It was especially spiriting to have five players under the age of sixteen competing in our tournament including first time tournament competitor Camden Sermona of San Diego, who walked away with “high word” in his division, tossing down WINTERS for 85 points.  And although the match wasn’t captured on camera,  the ten-year old Sermona, facing off against the 98 year old Desiree Engel was an epic battle of youth versus experience, with youth prevailing (this time) 342-317 for the youngsters’ very first tournament victory!

Paul Rickhoff once against assisted us as our co-director, and during the awards ceremony, Joanie Scafuto snapped some great pictures of the winners including:

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Div A Jem Burch (first place, high play and high win), Ron Howard (second place), Zach Ansell/Dave Postal (high loss).

Div B Brian Nelson (first place, high win), Margie Gordon (second place), Lynn Gunn (high play of the tourney – QINDARS for 132), Gretchen Cowan (high loss).

Div B Brian Nelson (first place, high win), Margie Gordon (second place), Lynn Gunn (high play of the tourney – QINDARS for 132), Gretchen Cowan (high loss).

Div C  Leo McKenna (first place), Billy Nakamura (second place), TC Houlgate West (high win and high play/tie with Ben Ansell) and Pat Reed (high loss-not pictured).

Div C  Leo McKenna (first place), Billy Nakamura (second place), TC Houlgate West (high win and high play/tie with Ben Ansell) and Pat Reed (high loss-not pictured).

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Div D Paul Rickhoff (first place and high win), Karen Sturm (second place), Harry Chan (high play), Deborah Komatsu (high loss).

Div E  Maxine Marcus (first place), Beth Byrne (second place and high win), Camden Sermona (high play) and Steve Cain (high loss).

Div E  Maxine Marcus (first place), Beth Byrne (second place and high win), Camden Sermona (high play) and Steve Cain (high loss).

Some tournament veterans

Some seasoned players

 

WGPO thrives in Eagan, Minnesota

From Jason Vaysberg:

Cal Cooper hosted us for two one day events in Eagan, Minnesota on June 1st and 2nd, which brought 25 of us together on Saturday, and 21 of us together on Sunday for some fun games of SCRABBLE®. We welcomed 3 new players to tournament SCRABBLE® this weekend: 10-year-old Micah, his mom Jaci, and new player Lin. Welcome to WGPO!  Here are the happy winners:
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Lester Schonbrun Memorial Tournament – lots of memories

Mary Stevens brought pictures, t-shirts, and a decades-old custom board given to her by Joan Mocine’s sister.  The mementos were dispersed among several of us and will be further dispersed over time.  We played a 19-game tournament while enjoying good companionship among the old friends who remain with us.   Bruce Ward won the Collins division, Norases Vesdapunt won the other one.  Tournament results are posted at “Past Tournaments”.

Photos from Jeannie Wilson and Scott Smith.

North American Standard winners

North American Standard winners with director Bennett Jacobstein

Collins winners

Bennett with the Collins winners

A Great Day in Loveland

From James Davis:
Last SaturdayMay 19, Dave Goldberg directed another successful one-day tournament in Loveland, Colorado. Among three divisions, 26 wordies played eight games. In Division A, everyone in the top three finished with a 5-3 record. James Davis took home 1st with a spread of +248, followed by Jon Shreve in 2nd with +148, and Dave Goldberg in 3rd with +54. Division B’s top finisher, Carrie Landers, finished with 6-2, +384, followed by Diane Waldman in 2nd with 6-2, +14; Corina Farwig in 3rd with 5-3, +113; and Tom Graim in 4th with 5-3, -55. Division C’s first-place finisher, Joan Woodrick, had the tournament’s only 7-1 record, with a +452 spread; following her were Hans Farwig in 2nd with 6-2, +728, and Janice Whitaker with 6-2, +334. Full results are available here.
Everyone but Phyllis

Everyone but Phyllis

Standing, from left to right: Corina Farwig, Hans Farwig, Janice Whitaker, Joan Woodrick, Diane Waldman, James Davis, Dave Goldberg, Jon Shreve, David Brown (fun-prize winner), Carrie Landers, Tom Graim. Seated: Barbara Peterson (fun-prize winner)