District News & Coming Attractions

No Unit Qualifying for GNT

In an effort to increase participation, we are making it easier than ever to play in the District Finals for the GNT. Get your team together and show up. There is no unit qualifying for the Flight ‘B’ or Flight ‘C’ GNT this year.

The Championship Flight will be held in Houston, at the April sectional, April 2nd & 3rd. So you can have enough time to get your National’s schedule together. The Flight A, B and C District Finals will be held at the Richardson sectional May 28th, 29th & 30th (if needed). Get your team together and be there, that is all you need to do this year. Every team is automatically qualified to play at the District level.

And, again this year, any team may play in the Championship Flight in April in Houston, without giving up their right to play in their normal flight at the District Finals in May.

Tyler Regional

You can follow the results from Tyler by clicking here.


The November/December issue of the District 16 Scorecard has been posted on this site.  You can read it by clicking here.

Sidney Lazard

We lost a great one!

Sidney Lazard died September 3rd at his home in Dallas. The Hall of Famer was 84 years old. Lazard, one of the game’s true gentlemen and colorful characters, won 13 NABC titles, including the Vanderbilt, the Spingold and the Reisinger. Bart Bramley, Lazard’s partner in winning the 2002 Kaplan Blue Ribbon Pairs, called Lazard “the greatest man I’ve ever known.” Lazard was predeceased by his son, Sidney Lazard Jr., in whose memory he established an annual sportsmanship award recognizing fair, friendly play and active ethics at the highest levels of the game.

This is his Hall of Fame profile:

Sidney Lazard of New Orleans LA is an oil and gas producer. He is one of the most successful American players. He is a WBF World Life Master who placed 2nd in the Bermuda Bowl in 1959 and 3rd in 1969. Lazard was a member of the U.S. team World Team Olympiad in 1960. A Grand Life Master, Lazard won the Team Trials in 1968, the Spingold in 1958 and 1968; the Chicago (now the Reisinger) in 1960, the Vanderbilt in 1970 and 1994; Master Mixed Teams in 1963, 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1982; the Grand National Pairs in 1990. He placed 2nd in the Spingold in 1954, 1966 and 1973; the Vanderbilt in 1967, the Reisinger in 1968, 1969, 1975 and 1997; the Men’s Teams in 1954, 1956, 1961 and 1965; the Men’s Pairs in 1967; the Master Mixed Teams in 1961, the Mixed Pairs in 1959, the North American Men’s Swiss Teams in 1983, the Grand National Teams in 1987, the Open Pairs II in 1997.

Beaumont Regional

You can keep track of what's happening at the Beaumont Regional by clicking here.

First Alternate District Director Election

On October 6, ACBL Director of Elections Kelley McGuire announced that Paul Cuneo has won the District 16 election for 1st Alternate.

Congratulations to Paul and thanks to the other candidates and to all the unit board members who voted in the election.

NAP News Flash!

On October 1st, ACBL announced that District 16 will receive enhanced subsidies in Strats B and C for this year’s NAP National Final. We have been awarded these additional monies because of the excellent club-level participation this year. The District also contributes additional subsidies. Below are the combined amounts available this year.

  Strat A Strat B Strat C
First $800 $800 $800
Second $500 $800 $800
Third $300 $500 $500
Fourth   $300 $300


So make your plans to qualify at the Unit level so you can play in our District finals being held in San Antonio on January 16-17 and have the opportunity to win an invitation to represent District 16 at the ACBL Nationals in Reno! Good luck and well done!

North American Pairs Unit Qualifying

The time for the NAP Unit finals has arrived. All those who qualified at the Club level are eligible to play in one Unit final (per flight). 60% of the field will be qualified to play in our District finals in San Antonio next January 16 and 17. The top 3 pairs in Flight A as well as the top 4 pairs in Flights B & C will be invited to represent District 16 at the Spring Nationals in Reno.

If you have any questions regarding qualifying or Conditions of Contest, please contact Melody Euler at melodious@hot.rr.com or 254.718.2270.

A list of when and where each Unit is holding it's Unit qualifying games is shown below.

Unit Unit # Location Date Time Flight
San Antonio 172 Fiesta Bridge Club October 24, 2015 10:00 am All
San Miguel 173 Club de bridge amigos No Information
Houston 174 Bridge Club of Houston November 7, 2015 10:00 a.m./TBA B
Westside Bridge Academy November 8, 2015 10:00 a.m./TBA A & C
Dallas 176 BAND September 27, 2015 1:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. C
Dorsey's Bridge Studio October 4, 2015 1:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. B
Dorsey's Bridge Studio October 18, 2015 1:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. A
Fort Worth 183 Fort Worth Bridge Studio September 13, 2015 12:30 p.m./TBA B
Fort Worth Bridge Studio October 4, 2015 12:30 p.m./TBA A & C
South Texas 187 Bridge Club of South Texas October 3, 2014 10:30 a.m./TBA All
Llano Estacado 197 The Bridge Center November 1, 2015 1:00 p.m./TBA All
Sabine Neches 201 Beaumont Bridge Studio October 31, 2015 9:30 a.m./TBA All
Fort Concho 204 Sue Barber Bridge Club November 21, 2015 10:00 a.m./2:00 p.m. All
Amistad 205 Lake Chapala Duplicate BC October 13, 2015 1:30 p.m. All
Texas Capitol 207 Bridge Center of Austin October 17, 2015 10:00 a.m./1:30 p.m. All
Permian Basin 209 Allison Bridge Center September 12, 2015 10:00 a.m./TBA All
Fort Phantom 224 Mabel Lillius Bridge Studio September 19, 2015 10:00 a.m./TBA All
East Texas 225 Longview Duplicate BC October 31, 2015 10:00 a.m./1:00 p.m. All
Central Texas 233 Temple CAC September 13, 2015 1:00 p.m. All
Magic Valley 237 Not participating
Wichita Falls 353 The Bridge Center November 22, 2015 1:30 p.m. All

The District 16 Finals will be held Saturday, January 16th at 10:00 a.m./3:00 and 17th and Sunday, January 17th at 10:00 a.m./TBA during the San Antonio Winter Sectional at the Omni San Antonio, 9821 Colonade Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78230 PH:800-843-6664.

Membership Retention

This note is from District President Paul Cuneo:

I am enjoying writing my series of articles for the Scorecard.  The July/August article addresses membership retention.  New member attraction and retention will be a topic for the District meeting on July 4.

When I received the QUIP report from ACBL on April 1, I was shocked that D16 ranked last in new member retention.  I immediately contacted ACBL to request data on membership retention from the largest clubs in our District.  I was optimistic that some clubs were excellent and others would lag.  After I received the data from ACBL, I started talking with teachers, club owners/managers, unit board members and others about the issue.  Through those discussions, I compiled the list of Best Practices for New Member Retention.  Click here to see it.  Then please encourage your clubs to adopt as many as possible.

Paul Cuneo