Monday was a sad day at the bridge table because players had to say good bye to Madelyn Percise, who moved to Greenville Thursday. Madelyn is a longtime player who became a silver life master several years ago. Back in the glory days, Madelyn enjoyed going to tournaments all over the east coast.

She also played in a social bridge club with 11 other women, who met the fourth Friday of the month. That club met last Friday, and there were a few tears shed then. Madelyn has played with many partners, but Ginny Herlihy was her favorite Monday partner; they have played together for years.

An active member of First Presbyterian Church, Madelyn sang in the choir and played hand bells for many years. She was also a big help with the children’s annual Christmas musical. Pastor Bob Bardin spoke about Madelyn’s many contributions in church on Sunday.

Greenville is only 45 miles up the road, so friends are going to visit and play bridge with her often. We are not saying good bye, just “see you soon.”

At last Thursday’s game of 7 ½ tables, we looked around and realized that almost half the players there were students of Sue Wilson, and some of them were relatively new to the game. Thirteen out of 30 people were students. We are all so encouraged by this new interest in the game that we love so much. And hope that new people will continue to come enjoy the game.

And we had enough people both Thursday and Monday to have a Mitchell movement instead of the dreaded Howell movement.

Maureen Prys, a new player, has achieved the rank of junior master. She is planning to find some sanctioned games when she goes to Florida.

Monday, three boards were passed out by at least one pair, a most unusual turn of events. Tommy Franklin and I did not have a stellar game. On one hand, we went down five after Anne Pate and Theria McPhail established a mean cross trump. That’s not the record for us, however. Once as novices, we went down eight.

Gary Partin boasts that he and Betsy Harrold hold the record for the lowest percentage. Something like 22 percent. But they are coming up in the world. Check out their score Monday.

Thursday’s scores: N/S first, Sue Wilson and Jeannie Exum; second, Dayle Pond and Tempie Pierce; third, Shelby Bizzell and Kitty Sauls. C — first, Al Takemoto and Bill Warren.

E/W first, Billy Bizzell and Tommy Franklin; second, Sterling Jarrett and Barbara Ann Vinson; third, Anne Pate and Theria McPhail. C — second, Linda Meyer and Lib Watson.

Monday’s results: N/S first, Billy Bizzell and Sterling Jarrett; second, Al Takemoto and Bill Warren; third, Kaye Langston and Charlotte Maxwell. B — fifth, Cathy Howell and Fran Jilcott.

E/W first, Sherry Owens and Shelby Bizzell; second, Joyce and Troy Pate; third, Krishnaprasad and Selby Corbett. C — third, Gary Partin and Betsy Harrold.