Judy St. Arnold of Scottsdale and Brenda Huff of Phoenix put together two strong games to win the final Manfield Non-Life Master Pairs by more than a board. Second place went to brothers Jake and Luke Williams of San Diego CA. With the win, St. Arnold became a Life Master.
The winners scored 62.29% in the first session and sealed their win with a 63.79% game in the second session. Their final score of 272.32 was 13.27 matchpoints clear of the runners-up. Top was 9.
Huff is an academic counselor at Arizona Christian University. Apart from taking care of her grandchildren, St. Arnold says, “I play bridge.”
The two met at the Doty Bridge Club and have played together off and on for a couple of years, during which they have qualified to represent District 17 in the Grand National Teams, Flight C, in Atlanta, and the North American Pairs, Flight C, at the 2014 Spring NABC in Dallas.
Going into the event, St. Arnold needed fewer than 4 masterpoints to earn her gold card. The win was good for 7.31, including 2.44 gold points. The event, named for the late Ed Manfield, has been removed from the ACBL calendar as of this year.
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