This year’s Word Cup exceeded our high expectations. It was competitive, well organized, well run, and most of all, lots of fun. Lynda Finn has sent a complete report, with pictures, to the WGPO Yahoo Group list (if you’re not receiving these emails, click on the WGPO Yahoo Group heading and follow directions there). When I get home, I’ll be posting some pictures here, too. There were many items in the silent auction, including those shown here. Much money was raised.
Next year’s Word Cup will be in Portland, Oregon. Details soon.
Some of us even won money. We all had a good time. Here we are posing after the awards ceremony.
Photo by Patricia Wong.
Rick and Patricia Wong selecting the Friend of the Director winner.
Rick at work.
And Oregonians know how to enjoy it. Only a trace of rain fell during the afternoon. Several games were played in the sunshine on Scott’s patio. I was too busy enjoying the ambience to take many pictures, but did manage to catch some of the winners. Here are Joanne Manson, Tom Lackaff, and Noah Walton.
.Our director par excellence, Rich Moyer. Scott Smith was our genial host.
We celebrated the 10th anniversary of our Scrabble® Club in Tempe, AZ with a tournament on Saturday, June 14.
In Division 1, Jim Lamerand, probably the club’s most loyal member, was Gibsonized for the final round and took first place with a 7-1 record. Travis Carlson, who drove up from Tucson, took second. Director Laurie Cohen was third.
Patti Merrill, our newest club member, played in her first tournament and had her first ever tournament win. We had two special prizes and three door prizes. “Contains the most letters in TEMPE” (with ties broken by highest score) was won by Travis Carlson with EMPTIERS (76). He also won “highest multiple of 10” with WORKMATES – a nine letter bingo that scored 110! He won a set of injection molded Protiles and $20. Door prizes included a Scrabble themed pencil case (won by Martin Janowski), two free dinners at Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant (won by Satya Mahapatra), and another set of Protiles (won by Mark Budovitch).
In Division 2, Martin Janowski took first with a 6-2 record and Susan Kessler took second with 5-3. Satya Mahapatra was third.
It was a lovely day and a great commemoration of our 10th year.
Submitted by Laurie Cohen.
This was another fun-filled tournament ably organized and directed by Bennett Jacobstein. The weather was ideal and the companionship was terrific. In addition to the division prizes, there was a special prize for the word best describing Lester Schonbrun. Dominick Mancine won this with “beloved”. First place winners in both divisions received a commemorative hat in addition to prize money.
Here are the winners of Division 1: Rich Moyer (4th), Kevin Fraley (3rd), Jon Shreve(2nd), Lewis Martinez (1st), and Henry Yeung (Best over Seed). Bruce Ward had high game and Jon Shreve had high loss.
Photo by Scott Smith
Division 2 winners: Ron Barker (Best Over Seed), Scott Smith (High Game), Dan Unger (rear) (1st), Alan Kait (front) (3rd), Denise Mahnken (4th), Amtonio Cracchiolo (High Loss). Not pictured: Barbara Van Alen (2nd).
Photo by Polly Moyer
Bennett Jacobstein wearing a New York Giants hat in tribute to Lester.
What happens at the Pruneyard doesn’t stay at the Pruneyard. Here we are taking a night off from our serious pursuits. You’ll see the tournament winners later this week. Photos by Scott Smith.