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Kings Point Duplicate Bridge Association

The Kings Point Duplicate Bridge Association held its annual bridge banquet on January 25 in the Kings Point Veterans Theater. This year’s theme was “Run for the Roses.” The evening was an event of horse racing, fun and bridge honors. The festivities started with Mint Juleps followed by a catered Southern themed dinner, Kentucky style horse races and 2016 bridge awards. 

 

Fay McKeown, local Sun City Center artist, designed and made the horses’ heads, her husband Greg emceed the evening. Two races, whose five horses were named for bridge conventions, competed. Their jockeys were Sun City Center area Duplicate Bridge players.

 

 

 

 

  

1st  race: winner Betty Sarlin riding Transfer, Place Norm Rocco riding No Trump and Show Kathy Morrison riding Grand Slam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd race: winner  Al Sweet  riding Support Double, Place Rosalie Murphy riding Michaels, Show Winnie Wright riding Roman Key.

Bridge Banquet attendees voted on Best Female and Male Hats. Valerie Pelkowski won for women. The male contest, however, was a three way tie: Greg McKeown, Omar Eason and Lloyd Huffmann.

 

Bridge awards culminated the evening:Leslie Green and Kathy Morrison – high score in 2016 74.42% game, Master points earned in 2016: Karol & Phil McGee 94.68(in the 2500+ bracket), Greg McKeown 73.49(400+ bracket) and Dottie Young 79.7(1-100 bracket). 

The Kings Point Duplicate Bridge Association and the Sun City Center Bridge Club have merged to become The Duplicate Bridge Association of Sun City Center. The merger provides duplicate bridge players with many more opportunities for games, lessons and special events. For information: website sunccbridge.com       


Kings Point Master Association Leases Closed ClubLink Golf Courses in Kings Point

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Sun City Center, FL, Jan. 20, 2017 – Kings Point Sun City Center West Master Association has leased the closed ClubLink golf courses and the Falcon Watch Clubhouse in Kings Point from ClubLink Corporation for non-golfing use by the residents in this community of nearly 5,600 homes.

The SCCW Master Association negotiated the ten-year lease which includes a “first right of refusal” clause with ClubLink for an annual lease fee of $36,000 with CPI annual increases. The SCC Master Association holds title to all property within Kings Point not owned by individual associations, the Kings Point Sun City West Land Trust, or ClubLink. This lease enables residents and guests to use the closed ClubLink property without trespassing and within the rules of the SCCW Master Association.

Jim Haggerty, President of the SCCW Master Association, commented, “The two governing organizations of Kings Point, the SCCW Master Association and the Federation of Kings Point Associations, worked together on plans to acquire the golf course properties. The closed courses include approximately 200 acres of land and lakes within the Kings Point community, and the 3,800 square foot Falcon Watch Clubhouse. The SCCW Master will maintain and manage the use of the land and lakes, and the Federation will operate the Falcon Watch Clubhouse as part of the recreational facilities of the community.”

“ClubLink’s management team understood our concerns and was very cooperative with us as we jointly created a lease agreement with terms that worked for all parties.  Hundreds of golf courses are closing across the country every year, creating problems for property values in communities like ours when allowed to fall into disuse. Kings Point is being proactive in protecting our property values while also adding new amenity options for our residents,” Haggerty continued.

“Kings Point already has three major clubhouses for recreational use by residents. The Falcon Watch Clubhouse will enable us to expand our amenities even further, providing residents with additional space for social gatherings and activities,” added Liz Argott, President of the Federation of Kings Point Associations.

With the June 1, 2015 closing of the 18-hole Kings Point Executive Course and July 1, 2016 closure of 18 holes on Falcon Watch, Kings Point now has one 27-hole golf course and a driving range, Scepter Golf Club, operated out of the Scepter Clubhouse. “Golf remains an important amenity in Kings Point and we look forward to working with ClubLink on golfing activities and events in our community,” commented President Argott.

Kings Point is an exclusive active adult community located in West Central Florida 20 miles south of Tampa in Sun City Center, FL. Nestled between the Tampa-St. Petersburg metropolis and the white sands of Sarasota’s beaches, Kings Point on the Suncoast is an ideal place to retire. With nearly 5,600 homes, 9,000 residents, 27 holes of golf, 6 indoor and outdoor pools, theater, a new state of the art fitness center, and hundreds of social groups, Kings Point in Sun City Center is a great place to really live.

 

 


Artist of the Month-February 2017

Jean Chesser

 

Jean was born an Army brat in Colorado Springs, but was raised in Miami when her dad retired. Her art experiences began with her grandmother, Nancy Lee Cook, taking her along on her plein-air outings in Miami. She would set up her easel and a smaller one for 5-year-old Jean, hand her a palette and a brush, and they would paint together. Once Jean started school, she could no longer accompany her grandmother, so art took a back seat while life intervened.

She was a special education teacher for 40 years in Miami, FL Fairfax, VA, and Spokane, WA.  As she approached retirement, she began taking classes through the Extended Learning Institute in Spokane, WA–including a water color course with Stan Miller. Her next class was with Susan Whaley, a forensic artist who taught exploratory classes at Spokane Art Supply, who introduced her to a variety of media. Now when she finds a subject she is interested in, it tells her what medium to use.

Every day since moving to King’s Point, she finds time for art; sometimes painting, sometimes pottery, and some days simply appreciating the other artists in the area. Jean’s artwork will be on display for the month of February.

 

 


Artist of the Month -January 2017

Mary Sundeen

 

Mary Sundeen is the KPAL Artist of the Month for January. Mary was born in Worthington, Minnesota and lived in New Hope for 35 years before moving to Kings Point in 1998. Mary was a research biochemist in cardiac/cancer at Minneapolis Medical Research Center Foundation and was an instructor of clinical chemistry. Although she has worked in oils and acrylics, Mary’s primary medium is watercolor and her favorite subjects are flowers and landscapes. After retirement, she took time to have some fun by taking art classes from Rita McClain, her first instructor. She has also taken classes from Tom Haverfield and Diane Simon. She hopes to improve her skills through class instruction, some reading, and practice, practice, practice. Mary’s other hobbies include golf and taking care of her family. Mary’s artwork will be on display for the month of January.


Pickleball Champions-December 15, 2016

 

Kings Point Pickleball Club members brought home medals from the 2016 Florida State Senior Games. Winners are, from right to left, Sharlene Peter winning Gold in Women’s Singles age 70-74 and also Bronze with her Mixed Doubles partner from Tallahassee. Jane Lange won Silver in Women’s Doubles with her partner from The Villages. Troy Drinkard and Randy Elliott, not pictured, won Bronze in the Men’s Doubles age 60-64. This was the largest Pickleball event with 25 teams. Their wins qualify them to compete in the National Senior Games to be held in Birmingham, Alabama the first week in June, 2017. Congratulations and good luck at the Nationals.

 

 

 

 

 


Lawn Bowling Champions-December 9, 2016

 

King’s Point West Lawn Bowling Club (KPWLBC) recently finished their Early Snow Bird League.  The team of Jim Blaine and Connie Monson (LEFT ) played off against the team of  Don Bowers and Rich Largay (RIGHT). Both teams were undefeated entering the play off and in a well-played match Jim and Connie emerged victorious. KPWLBC is an active club with scheduled bowling 6 days a week. In addition to regular bowling, members are looking forward to a new league forming soon and club tournaments this spring. If you are a lawn bowler interested in joining KPWLBC, would like information on lawn bowling or to inquire about lessons, please call Frank at 813-938-4757.