District 21 Regionals

By Pam Hughes
D21 Tournament Manager

Ihope everyone is ready for a fun-filled year of regional bridge tournaments! We have four coming up this year: Modesto (April 9-16), Sacramento (May 28-June 3), Santa Clara (August 28-Sepatember 3), and Reno/Sparks (October 15-21).
Information for booking is available on our district website, www.d21acbl.com
Since the Modesto Spring Fling is up next, I’m mostly going to talk about it. The tournament will take place at the DoubleTree Hotel. Unfortunately, our room block filled up quickly because we were only allocated a small number of rooms. The hotel is keeping the official wait list, but they’re going to cut it off on March 16. Therefore I’m going to keep an unofficial wait list. So, if anyone has to cancel after that date, please email me in case I can fill the room.
Likewise, let me know if you want a room. It’s unlikely that too many spots will open up, but it’s worth a try!
It’s not the end of the world if you have to stay elsewhere; there are many hotels and motels in the area. I suggest you look online on sites like Priceline and hotels.com You’ll get a better price through them than I can arrange.

Now, to the fun stuff! Everyone is so excited about the playing schedule! We’re offering Choice Pairs for both the Open and Gold Rush Pairs Tuesday-Saturday. This format offers events that are three sessions long, and you choose which two you want to play in. You can do morning and afternoon, afternoon and evening, or even morning and evening if you want to sightsee or swim or play golf in the afternoon.
Be sure to check the schedule because our start times are slightly different than usual.
Of course there will be single session side games and 299er Pairs at every session. Plus there are new teams games daily if that’s your pleasure!
So, come along and enjoy this wonderful tournament, held at a venue which offers many restaurants within a short walking distance.

As a reminder, make your reservations for the other tournaments! Sacramento will fill up fast (as usual). In Sacramento, if you’re the kind of person that enjoys suite-type rooms that have kitchens and sitting areas, there is a Marriott TownPlace Suites very nearby.
They will be offering us a bridge rate. The phone number there is 916 920-5400.

Hope you’re all over the cold and flu season! I look forward to seeing you in the near future.