Bernice Larson of Milwaukee is a revered bridge player locally
To say Bernice
Larson is an excellent bridge player is an understatement.
Larson plays a
style of bridge known as duplicate bridge, in which you donít win by
playing the hand dealt to you. Instead, you play the same cards as
your opponents ó but play them better.
In a typical
session, a winner might win about three master points. Larson has
accumulated more than 7,000 master points, making her a Diamond Life
Master player. She has traveled the world playing bridge, taught many
other Milwaukeeans to play and even has an award named after her. The
Bernice Larson Achievement Award is presented each year by the
Milwaukee Duplicate Bridge Club to a person who has achieved success
in the game and exhibited good character.
At 100 years
old, Larson is still an active bridge player. She recently celebrated
her milestone birthday with 96 friends at the Milwaukee Duplicate
to play bridge in her off hours as a nurse at St. Lukeís Hospital.
She retired from nursing in 1974 and spent her free time playing
bridge ó the same year she started travelling to tournaments all
over the world. She found a partner from Las Vegas and they played
tournaments in Norway, Sweden, Scotland, South Africa, Australia, New
Zealand and Hong Kong. There was no language barrier; English is
spoken worldwide. She says with a big smile, "You know, bridge is
a universal language."