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American Contract Bridge League Unit 218

The Sara Goodwin Memorial Trophy

  • SARA ELIZABETH GOODWIN passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly during a routine hospital procedure Thursday, August 6, 2009, at the age of 65. Sara was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and, in addition to raising two sons, was an environmental engineer with the U.S. Corps of Engineers and a volunteer at the White House. She was an avid gardener and bird watcher, and without question loved the game of bridge. She achieved the rank of NABC Master, one step away from Life Master, early in 2009. Sara was a constant presence at the Thursday night NVBA Unit Game and attended all of the NVBA Sectionals as well. In fact, Sara was the NVBA member who participated in the most NVBA-sponsored events in 2008. At Ron Kral's suggestion, the NVBA board established the annual Sara Goodwin award. The trophy is presented each year to the person who participates in the most NVBA events from December-November, and is awarded at the annual Holiday Party in December. There are many awards for success at the table, but this trophy is different. It rewards dedication to the game of bridge and support of the NVBA games. Remarkably, the first year's award was a tie between an A player, a B/C player and a 199er.

    • 2016 Ken Davis
    • 2015 Ken Davis
    • 2014 (tie) Ken Davis, Duncan Wainwright
    • 2013 (tie) Jim Dresser, Kathleen LaMarre, Eric Poskanzer
    • 2012 (tie) Ken Davis, Jim Gerding (WBL!)
    • 2011 (tie) Hannelore Suffridge, Mike Sofocleous
    • 2010 Ken Davis
    • 2009 (tie) Ken Davis, Tony Robson, Jenny Shaefer