Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Good For You | Nova Beall

Clearwater man in USA2 bridge team that won coveted Bermuda Bowl

Eric Rodwell’s USA2 team won the Bermuda Bowl in a contract bridge tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Special to the Times

Eric Rodwell’s USA2 team won the Bermuda Bowl in a contract bridge tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Eric Rodwell of Clearwater Beach and his USA2 teammates won the most coveted prize in bridge — the Bermuda Bowl.

The tournament took place Aug. 29 through Sept. 12 at the Hotel Transamerica, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The USA2 squad included two first-time winners: Zia Mahmood and Ralph Katz. Nick Nickell, Bob Hamman, Jeff Meckstroth and Rodwell all had multiple wins in the event, including four times as teammates.

Rodwell learned to play bridge in 1952 at age 11 and has been playing competitively since he was 21.

He is a multiple world champion in contract bridge, winning the Bermuda Bowl five times and is one of only 10 players who have won the so-called triple crown of bridge: the Bermuda Bowl, the World Open Pairs and the World Team Olympiad. He was named ACBL Player of the Year 2008.

Rodwell and his wife, Donna, live on Clearwater Beach.

• • •

The Tarpon Springs High Marching Band was awarded Grand Champions in the Bands of America 2009 Super Regional Championship Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in Atlanta's Olympic Georgia Dome. One of 45 bands participating, Tarpon Springs swept all categories in the AAA Class Division and earned a spot in the top 12 finals competition.

During the finals, the Tarpon Springs High School Outdoor Performance Ensemble was awarded Grand Champions and earned top ranking for Most Outstanding General Effect, Most Outstanding Music Performance and Most Outstanding Visual Performance. In addition, the band was selected as the "fan favorite" based on a 60,000 text message vote from spectators viewing the live internet broadcast.

To submit an item , write to Nova Beall, 710 Court Street, Clearwater, FL 33756. Fax to (727) 445-4119 or e-mail sbeall@sptimes.com. Good For You includes news of 50th wedding anniversaries, people celebrating their 100th birthday (or more) and young people's noteworthy achievements academically, in the arts or community service. For information or an anniversary form, call (727) 445-4221.

Clearwater man in USA2 bridge team that won coveted Bermuda Bowl 11/10/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 7:08pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Interview: Felicia Day talks internet geekdom, her path to 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' before Megacon Orlando

    Blogs

    Felicia Day said her entire career path was influenced by the pre-internet role-playing game series Ultima.

    Felicia Day as Kinga Forrester in the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 on Netflix.
  2. Brian Ballard's lobbying shop in Washington get a big contract

    Blogs

    Ballard Partners, the Florida lobbying firm led by Brian Ballard, is quickly ramping up in Washington and just landed a high-profile contract: the government of Turkey.

  3. Tampa teenager gets rescued by Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in 'Baywatch'

    Movies

    For child actor L.J. Ruth, meeting his idol was easy as falling off a pier.

    L.J. Ruth, 13, was born and raised in Tampa. He is a child actor/model/voice artist and is currently in the movie Baywatch alongside Dwayne Johnson. Photo via Instagram.
  4. Report: CEOs got biggest raise since 2013 with Charter Communications CEO on top

    Corporate

    NEW YORK — The typical CEO at the biggest U.S. companies got an 8.5 percent raise last year, raking in $11.5 million in salary, stock and other compensation last year, according to a study by executive data firm Equilar for The Associated Press. That's the biggest raise in three years.

    Charter Communications CEO Thomas Rutledge -- whose company took over Bright House Networks last year -- was the highest paid CEO in 2016, according to a study carried out by executive compensation data firm Equilar and The Associated Press. 
[Associated Press file photo]
  5. World reacts to horror, disbelief to deadly Manchester arena bombing

    Public Safety

    The world is reacting in horror and disbelief after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, ended in bloodshed and chaos Monday night.

    Crowds of people wait outside after police avacuated the Arndale Centre on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England.  An explosion occurred at Manchester Arena as concert goers were leaving the venue after Ariana Grande had performed. [Christopher Furlong | Getty Images]