Upcoming Events
Jun 27 - Open Game Director: Dorothy
Jun 27 - Charity Club Championship Game
Jun 29 - Open Game Director: Sue
Jun 29 - Charity Club Championship Game
Jun 30 - Open Game Director: Kathy
Jun 30 - Charity Club Championship Game
Jul 04 - Open Game
Jul 06 - Open Game Director: Sue
Jul 07 - Open Game Director: Kathy
Jul 10 - Open Game Director: Sue

In Remembrance...

Aloha and Welcome to the Kona Bridge Club

All bridge players and visitors are welcome.  Kona Bridge Club is an ACBL sanctioned non-profit organization dedicated to serving the duplicate bridge community on the Big Island of Hawaii.  We meet at The Bridge Building at the  Makua Lani Christian Academy, 74-4966 Kealaka'a Street, Kailua Kona, Hawaii.  Drive to the north end of Kealaka`a Street, turn left through Makua Lani Academy's gate and follow the driveway to the bottom.  It will turn to the right and the words 'The Bridge Building' are in large block letters on the building.  Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time.   More About Big Island Clubs.

Kona Bridge News & Announcements
Longest Day

Help KBC help the Alzheimer's Association

Wear Purple and Play bridge on Monday, June 20. In conjunction with ACBL all of our table fees plus donations will go to the Alzheimer's Association.  All donations made during this drive will be split 60% for the Hawaii chapter and 40% for the national association.

Come early, at 12:30, to meet Chris Ridley our Hawaii Island Alzheimer's Association representative.  She will give a brief presentation regarding services that are available to each of us from the Alzheimer's Association.  She will also answer questions, take donations, give out tax deductible receipts for your donation.

You can also donate by going on line to to the Kona Bridge Club's Team page.  The Alzheimer's Association will provide you with an acknowledgement of your tax deductible donation.

TailGating at KBC

A new era dawns for Kona Bridge Club - Tail Gating fans in the parking lot

Paul and Kaylin Denny who came all the way from Colorado to support Team Sabo





President's Message

      President's Message

May 20, 2016

Aloha KBC Members,
Your Board of Directors met earlier this month and I would like to share some of the details from that meeting.

The game directors are now having regular meetings to discuss any issues, concerns, questions, etc. about our games. We are striving to have consistency in all aspects of our games. They will be reminding us about Zero Tolerance and also giving very brief playing tips before each game. If you have anything you would like them to discuss please let one of the directors know.

On June 20th, our club will be participating in “The Longest Day” sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. This is a fundraiser and we will be letting you know more about it as it gets closer.  We will also be having local charity games throughout the year to raise money for a local charity. The first year our charity funds will go to Hospice of Kona.

As our playing cards wear out they will be replaced by the Jumbo style cards.  This will take place over time and the board felt it will better accommodate all players.

In the spirit of happiness, the board approved giving players one free play during their birthday month. The coupon can used anytime throughout the year. After all, birthdays are very special days! This has gone into effect with this month, May.

It has been suggested, and I think it is a very “green” one, that members be encouraged to bring their own re-useable coffee cups each day, in order to not have so much paper/plastic waste. We encourage you to keep this in mind as we try to reduce our carbon footprint!

Last Thursday, many friends of Barbara Eichelbarger attended a simple yet lovely service to remember such a sweet and wonderful lady. We will miss her.

Some game changes:
• Thursday June 2nd will be moved to Saturday, June 4th at 1:00pm.
• Beginning June 9th, Thursday games will start at 1:00pm. during the summer.


May Great Western STaC

Here are Kona Bridge Club Players

Who have placed Overall in the May

Great Western STaC games.


Monday Afternoon, May 2 Open Pairs
Kathy Golitzen and Peter Mitchell - 65.75%
Dickie Motherwill and Gail Buck - 61.04 %
JoAn Hill and Marilyn River - 57.54%


Wednesday Afternoon, May 4 Open Pairs
Richard Gittelman/Dean Jenkins - 66.07%
Sue Brown/Pat Bauman - 62.85%


Thursday Morning, May 5 Auxillary Pairs
Chuck Clark/Richard Robbins - 61%
Dickie Motherwell/Gail Buck - 59%
Gail Mullen/Shirley Decker - 54%


Sunday Afternoon, May 8 Auxillary Pairs
Gail Mullen/Butchie Hayward - 53.13%
Dickie Motherwell/Gary Pickler - 53.13%

Click for Complete Great Western STaC Results

For complete Kona Bridge Club results click the Game Results box on the upper left of this page.

Who Dealt This Mess? The Dealing Machine

For those of you curious about the randomness of hands from the Dealing Machine vs. hand shuffling this article form the Sacramento Unit newsletter is very interesting.

Computer-Dealt Hands—Truly Random or Impishly Fixed?
by Dave Willmott

Computer-generated hands have a bad reputation in some circles—undeservedly so. “These computer hands!” is a common cry, but how different are “computer hands” from people-dealt hands?

Let’s tackle the second question first. It is a simple matter for a computer to deal a set of 52 cards. To explain how this process works, using an oversimplified analogy, consider how a postman places letters in a set of sorting office boxes. Each piece of mail has an address, and the postman places each piece in the correct box. Similarly, each card of the deck is randomly assigned a value which determines which “box” (hand) it will be dealt to.

There is a catch, however, and it has to do with the word “randomly.” It is important that the computer performs this task in a random fashion. Otherwise, there is a risk that the same set of hands will be generated more than once.

Click here for the entire article.

2016 Sectional

Hawaii's 2016

Big Island Sectional

ACBL Unit 469 - Kona, Waikoloa, Hilo

February 19-21, 2016

Thank you Rexanne and her volunteers for making this such a huge success. 

And a big Mahalo to Bev Jefferson and Pualani Willing for providing the excellent breakfast and lunch choices for all three days.  Also the many wonderful home made goodies provided by our members were very popular.


Results Overall by section and combined

Click Sectional Flyer for Tournament details.


Last Month's Results - May

Results of the American Contract Bridge Club for the month of May 2016:

May 2                    N/S 1st Dickie Mother well and Gail Buck, 2nd JoAn Hill and Marilyn River             

                                E/W 1st Kathy Golitzen and Peter Mitchell, 2nd Beth Reid and Alice Goo

May 4                    N/S 1st Sue Brown and Pat Bauman, 2nd Dickie Motherwell and Gary Pickler

                                E/W 1st Richard Gittelman and Dean Jenkins, 2nd Kathy Golitzen and Dee Overton

May 8                    1st Kathy Golitzen/Peter Golitzen, 2nd tied Dickie Motherwell/Gary Pickler, Gail Mullen/Butchie Hayward

May 9                    1st Shirley Decker and Gerald Mitchell, 2nd Dorothy Case and Chuck Clark

May 11                 1st Kathy Golitzen and Peter Golitzen, 2nd Stuart Vance and Peter Mitchell

May 12                 1st Chuck Clark and Joan Shepherd, 2nd Kathy Golitzen and Peter Mitchell

May 16                 N/S 1st Walt Bobb and Sally Bobb, 2nd Kathy Golitzen and Peter Mitchell

                                E/W 1st Butchie Hayward and Jim Elstran, 2nd Gerald Mitchel and Shirley Decker

May 18                 N/S 1st Kathy Golitzen and Dee Overton, 2nd Shirley Decker and JoAn Hill

                                E/W 1st Dean Jenkins and Richard Gittelman, 2nd Richard Kertson and Leanna Kertson

May 19                 1st Gail Mullen and Shirley Decker, 2nd Sue Brown and Pat Bauman

May 23                 N/S 1st Sue Kaneta/Dan Sabo, 2nd tied Dickie Motherwell/Gail Buck, Peter Mitchell/Kathy Golitzen

                                E/W 1st Gail Mullen/Gail Hadovsky, 2nd tied Gerald Mitchell/Shirley Decker, Marilyn River/JoAn Hill

May 25                 1st Dean Jenkins and Richard Gittelman, 2nd Kathy Golitzen and Dee Overton

May 30                 N/S 1st Shirley Decker and Gerald Mitchell, 2nd Lois Griffiths and Sara Ito

                                E/W 1st Audrey Mitchell/Lynn Puri, 2nd tied Marilyn River/JoAn Hill, Peter Mitchell/Kathy Golitzen


Big Games in 2016

New Big Games in May 2016

70 Percent Game in May

78.75 Kathy Golitzen-Dee Overton 05/18/16

72.95 Dean Jenkins-Richard Gittelman 05/18/16

65 Percent Game in May

67.32 Kathy Golitzen-Peter Golitzen 05/11/16

66.67 Shirley Decker-Gerald Mitchell 05/30/16

66.07 Richard Gittelman-Dean Jenkins 05/04/16

65.75 Kathy Golitzen-Peter Mitchell 05/02/16

65.00 Chuck Clark-Joan Shepherd 05/12/16

65.00 Gail Mullen-Shirley Decker 05/19/16


2016 Kona Bridge Club Big Games

70 Percent Game

78.75 Kathy Golitzen-Dee Overton 05/18/16

76.15 Dean Jenkins-John Posluszny 02/17/16

75.00 Kathy Golitzen-Liz Holey 03/10/16

72.95 Dean Jenkins-Richard Gittelman 05/18/16

72.32 Richard Gittelman-Susan Lee 04/27/16

71.25 Jim Cheney-Gary Post 03/24/16

65 Percent Game

69.64 Dean Jenkins-Craig Ross 01/06/16

69.17 Dean Jenkins-Craig Ross 03/14/16

68.45 Paul Benedict-Lynn Jones 01/31/16

68.13 Butchie Hayward-Jim Elstran 03/28/16

67.81 Jim Elstran-Craig Ross 02/17/16

67.56 Edward Schickli-Nancy Anderson 01/06/16

67.56 Dennis Barry-Faye Barry 02/24/16

67.56 Chuck Clark-JoAn Hill 03/28/16

67.50 Carol Richards-Susan Lee 03/24/16

67.50 Shirley Decker-Gail Mullen 04/07/16

67.50 Susan Lee-Richard Gittelman 04/20/16

67.32 Kathy Golitzen-Peter Golitzen 05/11/16

66.90 Craig Ross-Dean Jenkins 01/13/16

66.75 Kathy Golitzen-Peter Mitchell 01/11/16

66.67 Peter Golitzen-Brad Bart 02/11/16

66.67 Shirley Decker-Gerald Mitchell 05/30/16

66.37 Dee Overton-Kathy Golitzen 03/23/16

66.32 Dan Sabo-Rexanne Ring 03/16/16

66.30 Sara Ito-Lois Griffiths 03/28/16

66.07 Shirley Decker-Marlene Sabo 04/27/16

66.07 Richard Gittelman-Dean Jenkins 05/04/16

65.84 Dee Overton-Kathy Golitzen 04/13/16

65.75 Kathy Golitzen-Peter Mitchell 05/02/16

65.48 Dean Jenkins-Craig Ross 02/24/16

65.26 Dee Overton-Peter Mitchell 02/15/16

65.00 Chuck Clark-Joan Shepherd 05/12/16

65.00 Gail Mullen-Shirley Decker 05/19/16

Congratulations on Your Achievement




Dee Overton


Sharon Bolton

Shelly Hershberger


Sara Ito


Alice Goo

Gail Hadovsky

Rexanne Ring


Roma Johnson

Sharon Weber