The attached document, WGPO Tournament Expectations March 19, has undergone extensive review and revision. It incorporates numerous members’ suggestions for making WGPO events welcoming and congenial. Thanks to all for your contributions to the document.
36 of us spent the weekend in Bloomington, Minnesota, competing in a 23-game tournament. Outside, there was still considerable evidence of a major snowstorm, but inside it was green all over. Director Mike Johnson did a superb job of setting the tone with appropriate decorations and most players added to it with our costumes.
Lisa Odom won in Division 1, Colleen Shea in Division 2. Complete results: http://wordgameplayers.org/ratings/index.php?c=pu&a=tr&tournamentID=625&ratingType=Standard
Photos by Peggy Grant.
From Maddy Kamen:
A fun time was had by 18 scrabblers at the Ft Lauderdale tournament on March 2, 2019. Seventh seed Larry Gradus gained 115 rating points with his first place 6-1 record for division one. Coming in second was Howard Pistol (4-3).
Second division was captured by birthday girl Marina Villena who went 6-1. Marshall Resnick and Dianne Kaplan were second and third place winners. Also given out were performance prizes for best over seed. Wendell Haynes won for division one, and Will Cody for division two.
Barbara Van Alen, Larry Rand, and the Phoenix club hosted their 35th annual tournament. Held over Presidents’ weekend, it was the usual gathering of old friends and some new ones. We remembered two of our recently-deceased; Joan Mocine and Jim Fischer. Both were enjoyable opponents as well as competitive players.
Barbara organized the first Phoenix tournament in 1985. She shared some memories with the group and made available a book of photos taken over the years. She also shared the late Bobbi Sageser’s photo album from Durango.
You may see the tournament results under “Past Tournaments”.
You will find pictures at http://vanrandtravel1.smugmug.com
Our Lake Oswego group was honored to be the first to try out the new word list in tournament play. It was a calm beginning, with an occasional EW, Scott Smith hosted us and shared the performance prize with Joanne Manson.