WGPO tournament goers last weekend could choose between California wine (see next item) or Maine lobster. Wow! Peggy Grant shared these photos of the Maine experience.
From Deborah Baggett:
Santa Rosa, CA
With two small TWL and a Collins division, the inaugural WIWC tournament had plenty of excitement. Irene Averell dominated Division 1, proving that last seed has plenty of game! She was Gibsonized, leaving Jon Demeter and Bennett Jacobstein to duke it out for second. Bennett, who was in last place after six rounds, prevailed in a hard fought final round. In fact, there were three players with identical win/loss records in the running for second place and, of the three, only Bennett had a positive cumulative total.
Meanwhile, in Division 2, everything came down to the final game. Again, three players with identical win/loss records jockeyed for first, second and third places. Tom Tremont prevailed as winner, closely followed by Whitney Gould and Aron Smith. First time tournament player, Charlotte Jenkins managed to beat the #1 seed in Round 1. Again, last seed has plenty of game!
No less drama surrounded the small, but mighty, Collins division. Although Bruce Ward dominated (undefeated, + 1122, Gibsonized), Mary Stevens and Paula Catanese battled all day for second place honors. In the end, Paula was the victor.
Paula also won the first door prize, what else but a nice bottle of wine? Second door prize, won by Evan Koch, was a lovely Helen Flores tile bag. This was especially appropriate, in that Evan lost all his belongings in the tragic October fires. In addition, Director Deborah Baggett gifted each participant with a handcrafted pair of Scrabble tile wine glass charms. Winners ALL!
Colorado player/director David Goldberg shares his insights in the attached article. Click here
From Lynda Finn:
Fun prizes were a mix of wonderful hand crafted items donated by Helen Flores and Mary Becker, and scrabble related goods donated by Lynda Finn. Fun prizes were as follows: Ian Weinstein, Division 1 high game; Jason Vaysberg, Division 1 high loss; Mary Stevens, Division 1, high play; Sam Smith, Division 1, most letters in June Second; Vicki Zimny, Division 2, high game; Diana Ostrander, Division 2, high loss; Patricia Yovonovitz, Division 2, most letters in June Second; Diana Ittner, Overall most letters in Word Cup Eight
Special thanks to Helen Flores and Mary Becker for donating the fun prizes. Special thanks to Jason Vaysberg for help with directing and Emily Jones for data entry and much additional assistance. The weather was wonderful, the hotel was luxurious, the company was outstanding and Middleton provided many wonderful nearby dining options.
From Director Bennett Jacobstein: We are pleased to announced that a player has agreed to donate $1000 to the Collins prize pool for our upcoming 8th Word Cup in Burbank, CA, on the condition that ten players participate in the division. We already have seven confirmed players, so if just a few more sign up, we can guarantee a first prize of $1500.