Upcoming Events
May 26 - Open Game Director: Kathy
May 26 - Grass Roots FUNd Games
May 30 - Grass Roots FUNd Games
May 30 - Open Game Director: Sue
Jun 01 - Club Masterpoint Game
Jun 01 - Open Game Director: Sue
Jun 04 - Open Game Director: Sue
Jun 04 - Club Masterpoint Game
Jun 06 - Open Game Director: Sue
Jun 06 - North American Pairs

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
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 - April

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

April 4                   N/S 1st Walt Bobb and Sally Bobb, 2nd Dorothy Case and Chuck Clark

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

April 6                   N/S 1st Rexanne Ring and Dan Sabo, 2nd Sue Brown and Pat Bauman

                                E/W 1st Peter Mitchell and Stuart Vance, 2nd Peter Golitzen and Kathy Golitzen

April 7                   1st Shirley Decker and Gail Mullen, 2nd Jim Cheney and Gary Post

April 11                 N/S 1st Deb Fulton and JoAn Hill, 2nd Kathy Golitzen and Peter Mitchell

                                E/W 1st Gerald Mitchell and Shirley Decker, 2nd Ellie Ramsey and Polly Beynon

April 13                 N/S 1st Dee Overton and Kathy Golitzen, 2nd Deb Fulton and Sara Ito

                                E/W 1st Jim Elstran and Chuck Clark, 2nd Mary Lean and Norman Lean

April 14                 1st Peter Golitzen and Kathy Golitzen, 2nd Alice Goo and Lynn Puri

April 18                 N/S 1st Dorothy Case and Chuck Clark, 2nd Marlene Sabo and Lynn Puri

                                E/W 1st Dickie Motherwell and Gail Buck, 2nd Lois Griffiths and Sara Ito

April 20                 1st Susan Lee and Richard Gittelman, 2nd Stuart Vance and Peter Golitzen

April 21                 1st Kathy Golitzen and Marlene Sabo, 2nd Norman Lean and Mary Lean

April 25                 N/S 1st Judy Hummel and Chuck Clark, 2nd Lynn Puri and Marlene Sabo

                                E/W 1st Ellie Ramsey and Polly Beynon, 2nd Butchie Hayward and Jim Elstran

April 27                 N/S 1st Richard Gittelman and Susan Lee, 2nd Shirley Decker and Marlene Sabo

                                E/W 1st Marilyn River and Judy Hummel, 2nd Chuck Clark and Jim Elstran


Big Games in 2016

New Big Games in April:

70 Percent Game in April

72.32 Richard Gittelman-Susan Lee 04/27/16

65 Percent Game in April

67.50 Shirley Decker-Gail Mullen 04/07/16

67.50 Susan Lee-Richard Gittelman 04/20/16

66.07 Shirley Decker-Marlene Sabo 04/27/16

65.84 Dee Overton-Kathy Golitzen 04/13/16


2016 Kona Bridge Club

70 Percent Game in 2016

76.15 Dean Jenkins-John Posluszny 02/17/16

75.00 Kathy Golitzen-Liz Holey 03/10/16

72.32 Richard Gittelman-Susan Lee 04/27/16

71.25 Jim Cheney-Gary Post 03/24/16

65 Percent Game in 2016

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

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

66.37 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

65.84 Dee Overton-Kathy Golitzen 04/13/16

65.48 Dean Jenkins-Craig Ross 02/24/16

65.26 Dee Overton-Peter Mitchell 02/15/16

Congratulations on Your Achievement




Butchie Hayward



Polly Beynon

Eleanor Ramsey

Bev Jefferson

Harold Bass

Kathleen Bass



Sally Bobb

Walt Bobb

Beth Reid

Dan Sabo

Kelly Sandulli



Virginia Scott



Sue Brown



Mike Folkert



Shirley Decker

Richard Gittleman

Dean Jenkins

Kathy Golitzen