Mike Marlin of Versailles has become the first Emerald Life Master of the American Contract Bridge League’s Unit 164 and the Lexington Bridge Club.
Unit 164 includes the Central Kentucky cities of Somerset, Corbin, London, Maysville, Mt. Sterling, Richmond, Berea, Lexington, Georgetown, Paris, Winchester, Frankfort, Versailles, Midway and Russell Springs.
This accomplishment required earning 7,500 master points.
Marlin was taught to play bridge by his parents and started playing serious bridge in the early 1980s, when he met Paul East while attending the University of Kentucky for electrical engineering.
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They started playing bridge together at the Student Center with other students and eventually found their way to the bridge club when it was located at the Bell House. Marlin joined the league in 1981.
His early partners were John Cooper, Win Schaeffer, Glen Lilly and Naresh Shah. Marlin met his wife Sandra while competing against her. They married in 1999 at the Bermuda Regional. He and Sandra now teach bridge education classes at the Lexington Bridge Club on doubles, opening leads and trumps.
They have mentored partnerships and teams to prepare them for national competitions, and they taught bridge classes at Hunter Elementary School in Woodford County. They are members of the league’s Goodwill Committee.