You are at the web site of Unit 203 of the American Contract Bridge League, the Southern Michigan Bridge Association (SOMBA). Welcome. SOMBA supervises and works to promote bridge in southeastern Michigan. SOMBA hosts several tournaments each year, including the Valentine Sectional in February, the Wolverine Regional in May, the Apple Cider Sectional in November and the Spooktakular 0-299er Sectional in October. The unit also produces The SOMBA Echo, a newsletter keeping its members informed of current events and milestones in the area along with articles on bridge bidding and play. SOMBA, in conjunction with The Michigan Bridge Association (Unit 137) also produces a Bridge Directory listing the members of each unit and the active bridge clubs in the area.
Posh, right, and Farmington Hills Mayor Barry Brickner
|Summer 2012 NABC
July 12th to July 22nd
|MBA Detroit District Sectional
June 21st to June 24th
Knights of Columbus Hall, Livonia
|2012 Lansing Regional
August 13th to August 19th
Ramada Hotel and Conference Center, Lansing
Keeping You Informed
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
anniversary of SOMBA was celebrated at the 2012 Wolverine Regional.
It was an enormous success. The
playing area was festively decorated. There
was a registration table with free gifts, daily prizes given out, a
wandering professional photographer who took oodles of pictures, a Daily
Bulletin, and lots of goodies to eat.
And almost 6,000 masterpoints were awarded to over 700 different
individuals. This beat the
year before even though the tournament was truncated by one day because of
the Mothers Day holiday. The
Mayor of Farmington Hills, Barry Brickner, was on hand and delivered a
tribute to SOMBA on the last day of the tournament in addition to helping
pass out the trophies earned by our players during the previous year.
A fabulous time was had by all.
Numerous volunteers helped to make the event the success it was
including the chairs, co-chairs, hospitality team, goodwill team,
tournament managers, bulletin contributors, partnership desk team, novice
desk team, lecturers, registration team and the website team.
Posh wanted to especially mention Marilyn Lindow for her untiring
devotion to making the event a success, and to our professionals, Jessica
O’Donnell for the wonderful photographs, and to Ed Anthony for the
terrific Daily Bulletins.
eleven overall masterpoint winners in the 2012 Wolverine Regional were:
1. Larry Mori, 87.24
6. Bill Arlinghaus, 72.59
ten SOMBA masterpoint winners were:
1. Michael Crane, 77.66
3. Michael Alioto, 50.14
Congratulations to all the top finishers!
Obtaining Tournament Photos
photos from the Wolverine Regional have been posted on our new Photo
Albums page. Please enjoy
browsing through them. If you
find some you like, you can copy them to your computer by right clicking
on the photo you like and then selecting
“Save Picture As” and saving it to your computer.
If you would like to order a high quality print of a particular
photo, you will first need Bill Landrum to email you the high quality
image so you can order a print from wherever you purchase prints.
First, identify the photo you want Bill to email you by placing the
cursor of your mouse over the photo. The
photo number will appear somewhere (normally at the bottom) on the page.
It will be a four digit number ending with .jpg.
Email Bill at Bill_Landrum@ugaalum.uga.edu
and he will be happy to email you whatever photos you would like.
Please keep in mind that these photos have lots of bytes and each
one will take a while to transmit to you.
Good Will Award to Mary Ross
after starting regular treatments, Mary continued playing bridge, at least
three times per week, until just a few weeks prior to her death.
Mary set an example at the bridge table by her constant
pleasantness with all players and her great rapport with her regular
partners, Vickie Vallone, Pam Brininger, Jerry Kroot,
Marilyn Lindow, and
Walter Peters. There was never
a harsh word. In his
presentation, Posh related how Mary was always willing and available to
help out at tournaments and assist in any way she could.
Mary felt that playing bridge frequently was great medicine for her
illness as for over three hours per day her mind was completely devoted to
the cards and the bridge game gave her a temporary respite from thinking
about her battle with cancer. Mary was a magnificent example of service to
SOMBA and how a bridge player should treat other players.
of Rob Boughton
our newest directors and regular tournament players, Rob Boughton, passed
away suddenly on May 19th.
Rob was certainly one of the most pleasant bridge players around
and seemed to be able to bring a smile to everyone he encountered.
Rob was not only a big guy but a true gentle man.
well on the way to becoming a top-notch bridge player and already an
excellent club director. He
will be missed by all who were lucky enough to have known him.
the SOMBA Web Site
site is a great way for our SOMBA members to stay in the know.
We would like to develop the site to make it even more informative
and to give you the information you would like to see.
But we need to hear from you. Please
click on the [Contact Us] button at the top of the page to let us know
what you would like to see here and how we can improve this site.
We would also be happy to consider for posting any articles you
would like to contribute. Please
bookmark this site or add us to your favorites list so that you can easily
access the SOMBA website.
Al Tushman (MichiganAl@Yahoo.com)Click here for archived Welcome pages