Entrants for Asheville, NC
November 4-5, 2017

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Entrants list last modified: November 06, 2017 01:10:03 PM (Eastern time)
Number of registered players: 80 (80 confirmed and 0 tentative)

Number of games: 14

Note: This entrants list is using current ratings.

Director's notes:
The 12th Annual A-1 Autumn Leaves Asheville Scrabble Tournament is over! With 80 in TWL and 12 in Collins, we couldn’t have handled many more! As usual, we were very lucky with our weather during the first weekend in November, having had snow and a low of 30 degrees just the weekend before! We had a high around 70 both days, saw the sun a lot, and thanks to a delayed season, beautiful fall colors were everywhere!

There were Scrabblers from 22 states and one Canadian province! Several chose Airbnb to beat hotel prices, as Asheville is almost too popular this time of year.

There were lots of compliments about our improved venue at the Stephens-Lee Recreation Center. Katy Bernardina did all the data management for 7 divisions using TSH, and any little discrepancies were quickly resolved. On Saturday, Doc Brown’s Barbeque Food Truck efficiently fed many of us at lunch, and on Sunday, we enjoyed grilled cheese sandwiches from the Melt Your Heart truck, although with a slightly longer wait because of the preparation time. Good food!

We are considering a shorter lunch break on Saturday for next year’s tournament, and get you out of there by 5 PM Saturday instead of 6 PM. For Sunday afternoon, we could start announcements at 1:50 PM, ensuring that clocks start at 2 PM. Especially since the food truck options turned out to be a good idea.

The “A-1 Cash” awards for high game in each division for rounds 1-12 were popular again, and credit Ryan Fischer for using that idea years before we did, and Jacob for encouraging that we move ahead with it again this year.

Thanks to all who put up with the usual extended wait-time before the awards ceremony. Why does it take so long? Because we have more divisions! Instead of three or four first-place winners we have seven! And we do pay down several places.

I won’t reiterate results, as those are available in multiple other places, but congrats again to David Gibson who just couldn’t manage to lose even one game out of fourteen! And he had some great competition. Thankfully, there were many other “winners” as well, sharing in the prize pool of approximately $8500.00. The coveted clipboards were again used as first place trophies, with special Scrabble mugs as an option.

Players really pitched in with “take-down” and we were out of there by 6 PM. Thanks to so many who helped make this tournament a good one: Jacob Cohen, Ruchi Gupta, Mark Schmidt, Leslie Bradshaw, Jay Jacoby, Katy Bernardina, Matt Bernardina, T.L. Allen, D Pedroza, Mike Leippe, Knox Daniel, Kate Fukawa-Connelly, and Winter, who was willing to be the “evener” of either TWL or Collins! Thanks to the staff at Stephens-Lee: Kim, Max, Destiny and Tamilla! Thanks to those who came from so far away! And to those who put up with division changes last minute, really wishing that they were playing in the one above or below!

We are going to do this again! November 3-4, 2018, same location!

Division 1
scouting report / head-to-head
1.  David Gibson 2190SC10.9  history
2.  Lloyd Mills 1999ON 9.1  history
3.  Winter 1936TX 8.4  history
4.  Randy Hersom 1898NC 8.0  history
5.  Clay Daniel 1856VA 7.5  history
6.  Bob Frey 1851TN 7.4  history
7.  Barry Keith 1830VA 7.2  history
8.  Jeff Cook 1753WV 6.3  history
9.  Chad Harris 1743SC 6.2  history
10.  Paul Erland 1732TN 6.1  history
11.  Ken Kasney 1723ID 6.0  history
12.  Pat Gaboury 1668FL 5.4  history
13.  Mark Schmidt 1624NC 4.9  history
14.  Donna Eisenstadt 1588NC 4.5  history
Average rating: 1814
Division 2
scouting report / head-to-head
1.  Will Scott 1564KY 8.0  history
2.  David Engelhardt 1549MD 7.9  history
3.  Curtis Lee 1530FL 7.6  history
4.  Sebastian Knowles 1519OH 7.5  history
5.  Cynthia Seales 1504GA 7.3  history
6.  Ruchi Gupta 1497TN 7.2  history
7.  Arthur Moore 1481FL 7.1  history
8.  Carl Davis 1452GA 6.7  history
9.  Katya Lezin 1445NC 6.6  history
10.  Julia Bogle 1440IN 6.6  history
11.  Susan Bertoni 1436NC 6.5  history
12.  Emily Brodeur 1427TN 6.4  history
13.  Nancy Bowen 1418VA 6.3  history
14.  Aaron Finkel 1413NC 6.2  history
Average rating: 1477
Division 3
scouting report / head-to-head
1.  Andrew Gardner 1393GA 8.1  history
2.  Alan Riechman 1378SC 8.0  history
3.  Kaia 1377WV 7.9  history
4.  Linda Oliva 1354MD 7.7  history
5.  Flora Taylor 1341NC 7.5  history
6.  Peggy Altazan 1318LA 7.2  history
7.  Michelle Davis 1288GA 6.9  history
8.  Knox Daniel 1279VA 6.8  history
9.  Jacob Cohen 1266NC 6.6  history
10.  Diana Bowen 1266VA 6.6  history
11.  Marina A Villena 1242FL 6.3  history
12.  Ralph Ireland 1229GA 6.2  history
13.  Anne Ladu 1224IA 6.1  history
14.  Lois Greene 1213OH 6.0  history
Average rating: 1298
Division 4
scouting report / head-to-head
1.  Mia Kang 1190NC 7.9  history
2.  Susan Blanchard 1170WI 7.6  history
3.  Jacqueline Stewart 1162NC 7.5  history
4.  Eileen Johnson 1143NC 7.3  history
5.  Jesse Wornum 1142OR 7.3  history
6.  Vicki Blizzard 1131TN 7.2  history
7.  Michael Donegan 1126TX 7.1  history
8.  Josephine Flowers 1125AR 7.1  history
9.  Bruce Shuman 1120NC 7.0  history
10.  Jerri Bergeron 1120GA 7.0  history
11.  Wayne Scruggs 1087GA 6.7  history
12.  Trish Harrop 1060TN 6.3  history
13.  Rachel Gillette 1044CO 6.1  history
14.  Donna Anderson 1002GA 5.7  history
Average rating: 1116
Division 5
scouting report / head-to-head
1.  Julia Scruggs 992GA 8.4  history
2.  Jason Mayfield 968NC 8.1  history
3.  Chaunda Robinson 948TN 7.9  history
4.  Christine Hannouche 924SC 7.6  history
5.  Preston Kilgore 921GA 7.5  history
6.  Michael Ireland 909GA 7.4  history
7.  Deborah Roberts 896TN 7.3  history
8.  Veronica Sherbourne 881NC 7.1  history
9.  Cathy Poole 880NC 7.1  history
10.  Ed Morrison 864FL 6.9  history
11.  Roger Freeman 798TN 6.1  history
12.  Stephen Stanley 770NC 5.8  history
13.  Donetta Pedroza 752NC 5.6  history
14.  Samuel Chetty 739NC 5.4  history
Average rating: 874
Division 6
scouting report / head-to-head
1.  Jay Jacoby 738NC 9.0  history
2.  Fay Ireland 732GA 8.9  history
3.  Leslie Bradshaw 726NC 8.8  history
4.  Marie Williams 687SC 8.4  history
5.  Chandra Hebert 637TN 7.8  history
6.  Cal Wiederholt 500NC 6.2  history
7.  Michael Leippe 430NC 5.4  history
8.  Melanie Clancey 422GA 5.3  history
9.  Gay Howe 405NC 5.1  history
10.  Irene Twork 401MI 5.1  history
Average rating: 568

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