Grand Canyon – As Grand as Ever

From Larry Rand:

Barbara and Larry

Barbara and Larry

Grand Canyon 36 attracted 75 players, including two players from Israel, and one from Canada.  This was the largest group since 2002, 82 players, when Joel Sherman was the expert division winner. For the 36th anniversary, Nathan Benedict was the winner in Division A.  Nathan also won the 2003 event.

95% of all entry fees were returned as cash prizes.  In addition, $905 was donated by the players to WGPO ($490) and Word Cup 18 ($415).
The completed tournament results and prizes can be viewed at GCXXXVI results.
Division 1 Winners

Division 1 Winners

Division 2 winners

Division 2 winners

Division 3 Winners

Division 3 Winners

Division 4 Winners

Division 4 Winners

Mike Stevens donated a special board

We raffled a board made by Mike Stevens

Carolyn Easter (at right) won the afghan raffle

Carolyn Easter (at right) won the afghan raffle

Pictures of the event, the Grand Canyon and Sedona are available at vanrandtravel1.smugmug.com   Click on a picture to have a full screen view.  In the upper right hand menu, click on the arrow for a slideshow.

 

Nominate a WGPO Board Member now

Starting today, November 1st, the WGPO elections committee (Lynda Finn,
Susi Tiekert, Winter) will be accepting nominations for the WGPO Executive
Committee (2 positions up for election) and the WGPO Board of Player
Representatives (3 positions up for election). Nominations should be made
via email to the election committee at elections@wordgameplayers.org. You
can nominate yourself or any other member in good standing. You can learn
more about the election process and the roles of the executive committee
and the board of player representatives from the bylaws at:
http://wordgameplayers.org/about/wgpo-bylaws-2/ or from the elections
committee or any current member of the EC or BPR.

Dells Spell Southern Edition had happy winners

From Lynda Finn:

Dells div 1

Charles Reinke was first in Division 1 at Dells Spells Southern Edition. Thomas Reinke finished second,

 

Dells Mike

Mike Johnson won the performance prize

 

 

 

Dells div 2

Fran Galt led division 2, Carol Dustin came in second, Harriette Lackernick took third (not pictured), Kathleen Murphy won the performance prize

Division 3: Linda Stratton came in first, Gail Salm finished second, Brian Asuma took third, Nancy Douglas won the performance prize.

Division 3: Linda Stratton came in first, Gail Salm finished second, Brian Asuma took third, Nancy Douglas won the performance prize.

 

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Helen Flores designed trophy racks for the winner of each division. Charles Reinke is pictured with his.

Bennett Jacobstein donated a $25 Fandango gift card to the player with the most letters in BURBANK WORD CUP. Brian Asuma won with UNGRADED for 149 pts. Brian also won high play in Division 3 with the same word. While we are talking about Brian he had the high win in his division with a 588, Linda Stratton had high division loss with a 432.

Helen Flores won a ten spot for the most letters in SPOOKY HALLOWEEN with her play of SEEPAGE for 75. Kathleen Murphy took the prize in division 2 with a play of WOOLIEST for 64. Lisa Odom won the division 1 prize with the amazing play of EYEWINKS for 104.

Lisa also won high game in Division 1 with a 588. High game in Division 2 went to Nola Hembrook with a tournament high game of 624. Nola also had high loss with 448, as well as the hight play of CONFRONT for 167.

Bryan Benwitz took division 1 high loss with a 464. Charles Reinke had high play with LASERING for 140.

Thanks to Steve Pellinen for directing and his generous contribution to the prize fund. Thanks to Helen Flores for coordinating the fundraising and making the wonderful bags, hats and mittens that were for sale. Thanks to Liz Berman, Carol Gibbs and Bennett Jacobstein for their generous donations to tournament and to WGPO.

Happy Winners

More Happy Winners

 

Baseball/Scrabble® Reprise

At the home of the Charlotte Knights

At the home of the Charlotte Knights, July 2017

We had such a great time on our July tour (see Road Trip post) that we’re encouraging Bennett to organize another one.  He’s thinking of doing it in April next year.  If you’re interested in joining in, please email him at bjacobstein@gmail.com.  Because of the complicated logistics and advance purchases involved, Bennett needs to know the likely participants.  You will not be able to join the group once it’s formed unless there’s a cancellation.

Long Beach in October – A good place for a tournament

Dave with Paul Rickoff with the prize money

Dave with Paul Rickoff and the money

Director Dave Postal sent these pictures. Complete tournament results: Long Beach.

 

 

 

Division A winners (l. to r. David Whitley, Joel Elkins, David Pearl (1st place)

Division A winners (l. to r. David Whitley, Joel Elkins, David Pearl (1st place)

Division C winners (l. to r.) Arna Schutz, Gretchen Cowan, David Baran, Ben Ansell (1st place) and Fern Trausch.

Division C winners (l. to r.) Arna Schutz, Gretchen Cowan, David Baran, Ben Ansell (1st place) and Fern Trausch.

Div "B" winners (l. to r. Andrea Ross Greene and Jem Burch)

Div B winners (l. to r.) Andrea Ross Greene and Jem Burch

Division D winners (l. to r.) Leo McKenna, Diane Kerner (1st place) Marty Sturgeon, Karen Strum, Alison Lifland, Laurie Holz.

Division D winners (l. to r.) Leo McKenna, Diane Kerner (1st place) Marty Sturgeon, Karen Strum, Alison Lifland, Laurie Holz.

GRITS VIII was great

Peggy sent us this summary – with pictures:

14 women from 7 different states across the US convened for our 8th and final GRITS (Girls Retreat Including Tournament Scrabble) along the Grand Strand, Garden City Beach, SC. The week began with a day of relaxation as everyone arrived. On Tuesday, Angela Dancho directed our first GRITS early bird, which was swept by Mary Atwood, followed by Lindsey Dimmick and Angelo Dancho. We experienced quite a treat when Gullah native Addle Mae Goback joined us for an evening of Gullah culture and story telling. Bright and early Wednesday morning, the group travelled en masse to the Thomas Yawkey Wildlife Center ( gift from former a Boston Red Sox owner) for  a morning along the coastal marsh and estuaries to view sea birds, alligators and other wildlife and learn of the interplay with Gullah culture. The tourney got underway on Wednesday afternoon and ended Friday. Again, the winner was Mary Atwood, followed by Andrea Hatch, and Angela Dancho. Performance prizes went to Jan Konkol and Patricia Saito-Stewart. Tourney results can be seen on the WGPO website, GRITS VIII. The highlights of the week included absolutely beautiful sunny, warm weather and calm surf. We had daily morning entertainment by local dolphins…and of course food, lots of very good food! It is bittersweet for me that this will be my last time to host GRITS. I do look forward to offer other different coastal options in the future. The SC beaches are hidden treasures which should be shared. So, until then wishing you gentle breezes and warm waves.
By: Peggy Grant

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