Dave McLellan-Platinum Life Master-10,000 MP
Congratulations to Dave McLellan on achieving his Platinum Life Masters.
Dave began playing bridge while at Lakehead University in the early 1970’s. He was watching some guys playing a card game which he thought was whist and was asked to join. To his surprise it was bridge and he instantly fell in love with the game. Dave went to the library and took out his first bridge book of 622 pages called Goren's Standard Bridge Encyclopedia and devoured it from cover to cover.
He went to a duplicate bridge game for the first time with Don Kachkowski which turned out to be a tournament at Lakehead University and he has been hooked ever since.
His early partners were John LeBlanc(deceased), Freddie King (deceased), Cary Salmi and Rollie LaFramboise.
Dave won all his required 50 gold master points at his very first regional with his partner Rollie. Later he partnered with Cliff Campbell, Don Domansky and Larry Hansen with whom he won many Regional events and placed in National events.
Another favourite partner of 10 years was Bill Treble from Winnipeg . This was an extremely successful pairing as they won the Canadian Open Pairs twice.
Some of the proud highlights of Dave’s career have been:
Winner of the Don Henry Pairs 4 times in a row with Larry Hansen who Dave considered his tutor.
Placing in the Blue Ribbon Pairs.
Placing in the Vanderbilt Teams with Don Domansky. The team lost in the quarter finals to a team headed by famous bridge icon Zia Mahmood and his team.
Dave and Guy Coutanche played on a Winnipeg team in the 90’s. They were not a regular partnership but played well and managed to get to the semi-finals before losing.
Dave’s favourite tournament was the Moose Jaw Regional where he won 4 team events and a 3rd place finish in another.
Bridge has been good to Dave and it’s also where he met his best friend Ross Cody when he first started playing. They set up their first game at the club placing first and never looked back with a friendship of over 40 years
A lifelong job as an accountant came along through bridge when the late John Dagsvik and his wife Marlene Bloom allowed Dave to pursue tournament bridge by giving him a flexible work schedule. Dave thanks both of you for your kindness.
He also remembers fondly all the years of fun, friendship, home games and parties with a host of friends--too many to list. Thanks to all.