Judy Kay-Wolff


A provocative conversation took place at our club yesterday before the start of the game.  A sweet lady  congratulated Bobby about the upcoming trials — asking if he was excited.   No way she could have known his background (let alone eleven world championships and the only one to win in five different category events). 

Out of my personal curiosity, I asked him to recount his recent record and this is what I learned as I frankly can’t even begin to keep track of all his statistics:

2007 Shanghai finished trials, held in Bethesda Maryland as USA 1 and finished 3rd in World.  Morse-Wolff, Sutherlin-Gerstman, Kasle-Arnold, Ron Smith (replacing Russ Arnold) for Shanghai since Arnold didn’t think he could afford the expense of attending

2008 Beijing finished 2nd in senior trials held in Sturbridge, Mass. playing on a 4 man team:  Morse-Wolff, Onstott-Casen

2009 Santiago finished trials as USA 1, held in Las Vegas, NV, and finished 5-8 in World: Morse-Wolff, Hamilton-Fisher, Paul Swanson-Solodor

2011 Veldhoven, Holland finished trials as USA 1, held in Detroit: Morse-Wolff, Finkel-Schwartz, Hamilton-Fisher

2000 Las Vegas won trials for Maastricht and won Senior Bowl with only 1 team representing USA Morse-Wolff, Sutherlin-Mohan, Woolsey-Robinson

2001 St. Louis won trials for Paris as USA 1 and finished 4th in World: Sutherlin-Hamilton, Woolsey-Robinson, Morse-Wolff

So, yes, we are eagerly looking forward to our October trip to The Netherlands, but to Bobby this is old hat, especially winning the Seniors in 2007, 2009 and 2011.   It should be fun and I will get to see a windmill first hand!  (And .. we’ll try to not get in Dutch — couldn’t resist it).


ChuckJuly 9th, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Yes, that is quite a commendable record. And — you are not even talking about his scalps on the wall from the 70s on up! Good luck in Heldhoven. I don’t envy the flight but I am sure you are very proud of Bobby’s being on the team. Enjoy the windmills.

Jordan CohenJuly 9th, 2011 at 6:08 pm

I think you’re also missing Monte Carlo in 2003 , where he ended up third in the (open–not senior) Bermuda Bowl.

Judy Kay-WolffJuly 10th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Yes, Jordan — and I should know as I was there and we were just engaged. What is so great, contrary to others as they age, is Bobby hasn’t missed a beat — and I have learned so much. Of course, changing from KS to the aggressive style of Wolff bid ’em up was quite a revelation and adjustmet for me — but believe me, it works.

Thanks for the reminder.



P.S. I also remember your dad was non-playing captain — Ralph Cohen. I really miss your parents. They were special.

JordyJuly 10th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Thanks. His being NPC is what prompted my remembering. Best of luck in Holland. Maybe it’s Bobby’s lucky country and you’ll have a repeat of Maastricht. Maybe we’ll see you in T.O. in a few weeks for a tune-up?

Judy Kay-WolffJuly 10th, 2011 at 6:53 pm


No you won’t see us in Toronto (although I miss playing with my regular woman’s pard, Jane Segal). We haven’t been to a National in three years. Just to Sao Paulo and Philly for WBF conventions. So they’ll have to practice by internet and get to Holland a few days early (already arranged).

I will miss seeing you and all my wonderful new friends I met through bridgeblogging.



Jeff HJuly 11th, 2011 at 11:50 am

Good luck to Bobby and the the other team members in the Netherlands. I lived for a couple of years in south Jersey and started playing at the South Jersey Bridge Club shortly before Brazil. I played against Arnie Fischer at the club’s game to send him off. I have rooted for the team ever since.

Judy Kay-WolffJuly 13th, 2011 at 5:22 am

I’ve known Arnie for 60 years when our kids played little league ball together. Even if you say it fast, that was a looooong time ago. It is a good team and I am optimistic they will make us proud. Thanks for writing.