The finish in the Leventritt Silver Pairs was so tight that every time a final round score was entered, first- and second-place flip-flopped. Even when the event was over, it wasn’t over. The tiniest score correction seesawed one and two again. In the end, it was Richard Wieland of Redding CT and Mike Cappelletti Sr., Alexandria VA, who finished on top with a score of 2543.12 (on a 77 top).
Second went to Richard Brown, Easley SC and Hugh Brown Jr., McCormick SC, with a score of 2540.69.
When congratulated initially, Cappelletti said flatly, “We didn’t win it,” even as his partner beamed. Wieland said of Cappelletti, “I’ve never seen anyone take so many overtricks.”
Cappelletti and Wieland were 28th coming into today’s final sessions. Brown and Brown were third after yesterday’s qualifying sessions, and second entering the second final session last night. Robert Lavin, East Longmeadow MA and Harold Feldheim, Hamden CT finished third with 2515.99.
The Vanderbilt Knockout Teams gets into full swing today after 14 squads did battle on Monday for 10 slots to fill out the round of 64. The field will be cut in half each day through Sunday, when the two finalists will face off for the championship.
Some of the teams with the day off played in an event called the Vanderbilt Bye Swiss. The squad captained by Richard Schwartz, seeded 14th, no doubt is hoping their win in the bye event is a sign of good things to come.
The top-seeded team, led by Nick Nickell, should be familiar to NABC regulars. The defenders, captained by Les Amoils, are seeded fifth.
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