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Three Bridge Players Celebrate Century Mark

Three ACBL members have reached an age milestone — 100 years old. Here are their stories.

Former director reaches 100 years old

By Joe McCormick

Paul Sheridan celebrated his 100th birthday at the Ethyl Hart Senior Center in Sacramento CA, where Sheridan was a club director for 30 years. At his party, Sheridan was presented with a County Resolution from his County Supervisor Roger Dickenson, and letters of congratulation from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Congresswomen Doris Matsui.

When asked if bridge keep helped him live so long, Sheridan replied, “Yes, coupled with the fact I love God and God loves me. Oh, by the way I still bowl weekly.”

Hagan Plays Bridge on her 100th Birthday

By Betty Youmans

The Utica (NY) Bridge League honored Florence Hagan on her 100th birthday recently. More than 60 family, friends and bridge players attended a dinner celebration. Naturally, a duplicate bridge game followed.

Florence began playing bridge when she was 30 years old. She became a life master at 90 when she and her team attended the Gatlinburg Regional Tournament and earned more than 20 gold points.

Florence plays bridge four to five times a week. She attributes her longevity to her religion, playing lots of cards and the loving support of family and friends.

One Amazing Woman

By Brian Howard

Mildred Kirkman was honored with a celebration of her 100th birthday at the Bridge Center of Bradenton (Florida). She is a Silver Life Master and plays at the club three times each week. Everyone agrees that she is one amazing woman.