Bon’s Mots

By Bonnie Bagley

National Board Representative


The District 17 (D17) Grand National Team (GNT) Finals were held at the Denver Regionals, and four very happy teams will be going to the Summer NABC in  Washington D.C. to compete in the National Finals.

The Grand National Teams consists of four flights: the Championship Flight, unlimited masterpoints; Flight A, up to 6000 masterpoints; Flight B, up to 2500 masterpoints; and Flight C, up to 500 masterpoints but not a Life Master. Teams may consist of 4-6 players. You qualify at a club GNT qualifying game from September 1 - April 30 and then go to the D17 GNT Finals. You do not have to qualify as a team; a team may be made up of players from anywhere in D17, as long as each player has qualified. D17 provides each player participating in the D17 Finals a travel subsidy, and entry fees for all Flight C teams are waived by D17. Once your team wins and participates in the National Finals at the Summer NABC, D17 provides each team with $2000 to help with expenses. What an opportunity!!!

Why, then, was participation a disappointment at the D17 GNT Finals despite the promotion efforts of Rod Southworth, the D17 GNT Coordinator? There were many GNT qualifying games at local clubs, but the players stayed away from the Finals in droves.

There were two teams (both from Las Vegas) in the Championship Flight, compared with three teams in 2015. Five teams competed in Flight A, all from Colorado and New Mexico except for two ladies from Las Vegas, an improvement over the three teams which competed in 2015. Flight B was a shocker: after having 14 teams last year, only three teams participated this year, all from Colorado except for two men from Arizona. Flight C was up one team, from four to five, all from Colorado except for two men from Wyoming,

What is wrong? What can we do to increase participation? Rod Southworth, the D17 GNT Coordinator, wants to know. Please contact him at or 307 221-2634; let him know why you did not participate and what we can do to encourage more participation.

Championship Flight: Sheri Winestock, Fred Gitelman, Jill Levin, Bobby Levin, Ishmael DelMonte, and Roger Lee. Sheri and Fred have won the D17 Open Flight for FIVE YEARS in a row - in 2012 with teammates Josh Donn, Tom Grue. and Joe Grue; in 2013 and 2014 again with Josh, Tom, and Joe, but adding Brad Moss; and in 2015 with Josh and Drew Casen. They are determined to win the National Title, and I have confidence that this is their year.

Flight A: Loie West, Tom West, Bonnie Janzen, and David Warner, all from the Denver Unit - the first time for this stellar team.

Flight B: Dawn Foltz, Greg Foltz, Burke Snowden, Greg Herman, Mark Robertson, and Audrius Mizeikis. Dawn, the two Gregs, and Burke are from Fort Collins, Colorado; Mark and Audrius are from the Phoenix Unit. This will be the third trip to the National Finals for Dawn, the two Gregs, and Burke and the second for Mark, who played with Richard Jacobsen (who masterpointed out of Flight B) in 2015 and were SECOND in the National Finals. It will be first this year!!

Flight C: Daniel Zwonitzer, Justin Browning, Jeanette Roberts, and Michael Thorpe will be making their first trip to the National Finals. Daniel and Justin are from Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Michael and Jeanette are from Colorado West Unit 364.

We are very proud of and happy for our D17 GNT Winners and wish you well at the National!

The qualifying period for the North American Pairs (NAP) starts June 1and continues until September 1. Please see the article in this issue of ScoreCard by Jim Horton, D17 NAP Coordinator, for information on the 2016-2017 NAPs. I urge you to participate in both of these grass roots events, which provide compensation to attend a National and compete with players from every district to win a national event.

I look forward to seeing you at the Washington NABC July 21-31 or the Phoenix Regional August 15-21. Do not hesitate to say “hi” or contact me at or 719 593-0205.

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