Joel Wooldridge: 2011 Player of the Year
The ACBL is pleased to announce Joel Wooldridge as the 2011 Player of the Year. Several impressive national wins this year including the Norman Kay Platinum Pairs, Silodor Open Pairs, and United States Bridge Championships along with a second place finish in the Baldwin North American Open Pairs helped Wooldridge claim this great achievement.
The honor of Player of the Year is awarded to the ACBL Member who wins the most platinum masterpoints in a calendar year. Wooldridge’s 6th place finish in the Keohane North American Swiss Teams at the Seattle NABC secured him the award, giving him a 0.95 edge over Bobby Levin.
A former junior player, taking the honor of the Youth Player of the Year in 1996, Wooldridge, now 32, has an established career in duplicate bridge.
Wooldridge remembers fondly on his first trip to the local bridge club. “It was just before my tenth birthday and I went and played a club game with my father. Our goal was to not come in last,” he said. “We came in second to last, went out for ice cream to celebrate and I was hooked.”
His career first place finishes include the 2001 & 2005 World Youth Team Championships, 1997 Lebhar IMP Pairs, 2003 Fast Pairs, 2009 Roth Open Swiss Teams and Freeman Mixed Board-a-Match Teams, in addition to his 2011 wins previously mentioned. Wooldridge was also member of the Bathurst Team, one of the two teams representing the United States in the 2011 Bermuda Bowl.
Be on the lookout for a full interview with Wooldridge in February’s Bridge Bulletin.