Rising In The Ranks

RankName & City

Junior Master

Judith McCullough, Mishawaka; Anne Saal, Elkhart; Thomas Saal, Elkhart

Club Master

David Dinius, Fort Wayne; Frederick Green, Valparaiso; Donald Grote, Chesterton; David Himmelhaver, Fort Wayne; Julie Jarvis, Mishawaka; Sunaina Kumar, Dyer; Rajalakshmy Sundara, Granger

Sectional Master

Betty Brewe ,Michiana Shores; Richard Brewe, Michiana Shores; Dr. Stan Davis, Fort Wayne; J. Philip McGraw, Morocco

Regional Master

M. Julie Nelson, Granger; George Cramer, South Bend; Mary Muller, Granger; Norm Muller, Granger

NABC Master

Alta Allen, Gary


Patricia Borchert, Elkhart

Pat earned another bridge honor when she recently became a Ruby Life Master (1500 masterpoints).  Besides playing bridge, Pat’s passion is travel.  She goes often to Europe and has visited Russia, Hawaii, Alaska and many places in the States.  In June this year she wandered Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Warsaw among others. Her other interests are music, art, movies, theatre & reading!  Right now she is busy downsizing and planning to move to a place requiring less upkeep so she can pursue all her interests.  Fortunately for us, she still finds time to join us at the club. CONGRATS, PAT!




Hugh Metzger, South Bend

Back in June of 2011, we wrote about Hugh’s role as a director.  At that time  he said “It took me 64 years to amass the 1000 points needed to become a silver life master At that rate I will be 176 years old before we can celebrate my gold life master.” Well, here it is, only 7 years later and Hugh has become a Ruby Life Master (1500+ masterpoints), well on his way.  Hugh is very enthusiastic about the game and enjoys the social life and friendships he’s found at the center.  He has been instrumental in encouraging and playing with newer players.   Considering he was born only  three days before the October 29th Crash, his life has certainly not been in any way

depressing.  He brings a smile to each table and also some groans when he tells his “punny” jokes.  He’s a man we really appreciate and are happy to honor.



Mary Lou Clegg, Fort Wayne

Five Weeks to Winning Bridge by Alfred Sheinwold was my introduction to bridge. I wanted to learn and that was the book that was recommended to me.  Then I learned about the Fort Wayne Duplicate Bridge Center and played in the Wednesday night Novice game.  I was hooked.  The director Lorene Leiter was helpful with finding partners for me. That was in 1973.

Since I retired, I’ve been able to give more time to bridge.  I have many good partners who have helped me accumulate masterpoints and especially my husband Michael.  I hope to be able to play duplicate bridge for many more years.


Bud Hinckley


Bud Hinckley, South Bend Club

In recent years, Bud Hinckley has been directing bridge games more than he has played.  But more than six years after becoming a Gold Life Master, he has reached the 3,500 masterpoint plateau.

Although Bud has recently moved to Stevensville, Michigan, he plans to continue his full time job at the Cook Nuclear Plant for at least another four years.  He will be our resident “IT” computer expert while directing at least a few Mondays or Wednesdays each month.

He also expects to serve as a panelist on the District 8 Advocate Solvers Forum and will continue in his role as a Unit 154 South Bend area representative.

Bud would like to thank his regular partners over the last several years, in particular Richard Mao and Chayem Ben Moshe, for their assistance in helping him become a Sapphire Life Master.



Tom Hallum, Mishawaka

The title of Diamond Life Master  has been bestowed on Tom Hallum for his lifetime achievement in the bridge world.  Tom’s earned many accolades in the past 40 years since he started playing duplicate in Chicago where he grew up. Tom plays a smart, competitive game &  deserves the title of Diamond Life Master (5,000+ points).  He makes SBBC a tough place for the rest of us to play and win!

Tom came to South Bend to be with his brother and cousins who live in the northern Indiana area, but every month he returns to Chicago to play with special partners that he’s enjoyed playing with over the years.  He claims  he can’t remember when or why he first started playing duplicate but, when he did, he certainly found his niche.  Tom says, because bridge is a partnership game, having good partners is necessary to accumulate masterpoints and living here in Mishawaka has provided him with not only good partners but special friends.