Club President Larry Willis reports on Martha Treiber's accomplishment. At the table with her are Edward Kukla, Clair Waterson and Robert "Kaz" Kazmierowski.
Martha Treiber: Icing a Lifemaster Title
Martha Treiber learned to play bridge when she was a student at Hollins College in Virgina -- "about the end of the last Ice Age," she jokes, "when the glaciers were receding." So it was appropriate that she became a life master while simultaneously bridge cruising Alaska's Glacier Bay in mid-July.
Departing from Vancouver, Martha was 7+ gold points shy of her title. Playing knockouts and Swiss in the shipboard regional, she surprised herself by walking off with more than 15 gold. Her teammates for the venture were a friend from Venice, FL, where she spends her winters, and Petoskey players Sally Vail and Sally's daughter Meg.
Although she had started bridge in college, Martha didn't get really interested in duplicate until about 20 years ago when she became intrigued by the precision of the new bidding systems. But the real key, she said, were the lessons from Mike Sears -- "that's when I got serious."
Her advice for other Lifemaster aspirants -- "Get good partners."